The YWCA of Great Falls works every day to advance the quality of life for women, eliminate racism, and provide services that promote self-sufficiency and reduce violence. Through advocacy and local services, we work hard to create real change for women, families, and our community. We embrace and practice an empowerment model in all of the programs and services we provide.
POWER OF SISTERHOOD MENTORING:
Calling all seventh- and eighth-grade girls!
Get ready for an exciting opportunity at East and North middle schools. In this program, you'll not only gain positive coping and communication skills but also dive into the world of healthy relationships, supercharge your self-esteem, and build crucial life skills.
Our weekly gatherings throughout the school year are your chance to connect with dedicated mentors who are passionate about helping you thrive and fostering strong, empowering relationships.
Don't miss out on this thrilling and empowering journey! Reach out to our office at 406-452-1315 to join the excitement today!
CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS:
We are members of the following:
• YWCA USA
• Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
• Montana Nonprofit Association
• Sexual Assault Response Team (Great Falls)
• Partners for Prevention
• National Network to End Domestic Violence
• Great Falls Interfaith Alliance
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVORS SUPPORT GROUP:
Monday from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the YWCA
Join our Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Survivors Support Group, held every Monday from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the YWCA. We also provide a complimentary support group for children.
This interactive group provides a safe, confidential, and nonjudgmental space for survivors to connect, heal, and access the support they need. It's a place where survivors can share their experiences, emotions, and ideas, knowing they are not alone. Our sessions cover various topics, including:
- Safety planning
- Community resources
- Domestic violence and sexual assault matters
Join us for a supportive and caring community.
What is an advocate?
An advocate is your caring ally, trained to respond to domestic violence and sexual assault. Our foremost concern is your safety, from immediate to long-term.
We're here to offer you a confidential and judgment-free space. Whether you want to discuss your situation, create a safety plan, understand patterns of abusive behavior, or explore services and resources, our trained advocates are ready to listen. You don't need to be in a shelter to connect with us, and we'll never pressure you into anything you're not ready for.
Whether you're in a challenging relationship, trying to make things work, or have already left, our service is free, confidential, and without obligation. It's our contribution to eliminating community tolerance for domestic violence, along with the oppression that perpetuates it, and ensuring dignity and justice for victims.
Our advocates also provide essential support as you navigate the legal system. We explain court procedures, assist with paperwork, and stand by you during this challenging time. While we can't provide legal representation, we can help obtain orders of protection, offer support for related legal matters like child custody and marriage dissolution, and connect you with the right resources. Your well-being is our priority.
SEXUAL ASSAULT RESPONSE:
If you have experienced a sexual assault, the YWCA Great Falls is here to help you. A sexual assault advocate is available 24 hours a day to actively listen, believe in, assist, and support you. During this difficult time, an advocate can help you process your feelings and needs. An advocate is trained to help you discover the choices that work best for you. Based upon your decisions, an advocate can provide referrals, connections, and advocacy with the justice, medical, and social service system.
Call 406-453-1018 for help and/or someone to talk to.
The YWCA Great Falls embraces and practices an empowerment model in all of its programs and services, including the counseling program. Counseling is a confidential process in which the client has the opportunity to explore issues and concerns that are important to her or him in a safe, nonjudgmental setting. Our counselors empower their clients by respecting the client’s autonomy and honoring their strength and dignity.
We offer individual, group, family, and children’s counseling to address:
- Domestic violence
- Family dynamics
- Mental health
- Grief and loss
- Play therapy
Counseling services are free and open to the public. Call 406-452-1315 to schedule an appointment.
MERCY HOME SHELTER:
Mercy Home is more than just emergency housing; it's a 60-day program providing a comprehensive support system for women and their children escaping abusive relationships. Our approach, rooted in empowerment, empowers participants to pursue personal goals, regain control of their lives, achieve self-sufficiency, and live with dignity.
During their stay, clients have access to a range of free services, including counseling, support groups, case management, and ongoing support throughout the legal process. We can also assist with housing and employment if needed, including help with obtaining an order of protection and accompanying you to court hearings. Even if emergency shelter isn't required, clients can tap into all the YWCA's no-cost programs.
Additionally, Mercy Home offers a 24/7 crisis line for those seeking assistance and support in dealing with intimate partner violence. Your well-being is our priority.