Fact Sheet

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YWCA is 23rd Largest Non-Profit Agency in St. Louis*

  • YWCA Metro St. Louis is a 118-year-old non-profit human services agency dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
  • Founded in 1904 to provide safe housing for women who came to work at the World’s Fair.
  • Serves 10,500+ women and families annually.
  • Three core service areas: Women’s Crisis Services and Housing, Early Education, Economic Empowerment

Head Start/Early Head Start

Women’s Services for Victims of Sexual and Domestic Violence and Homelessness

  • YWCA is the largest provider of sexual assault and domestic violence services for women in the region.
  • YWCA is the ONLY dual-services agency (sexual assault and domestic violence) in the St. Louis region, offering both a 24/7 crisis hotline and a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) that partners with area hospitals and police departments.
  • ONLY YWCA in the United States with a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART).
  • YWCA is the largest provider of Rapid Rehousing for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in St. Louis City and County.
  • YWCA holds the largest HUD contract in the area.

Women’s Economic Stability Partnership (WESP), Portal to Prosperity

  • Innovator and trailblazer in economic empowerment: WESP (Women’s Economic Stability Partnership) connects and leverages all YWCA services, creating a collaborative partnership that provides a path to prosperity for all clients.
  • Through WESP, YWCA is the only agency that provides wraparound services, such as childcare, transportation, grocery assistance, rent/utility assistance, housing to support women during their journey to self-sufficiency.
  • All YWCA clients, including Head Start families, may access our wraparound services.


*Ranked by Fiscal 2021 Operating Budget, St. Louis Business Journal