Together with YWCA USA and YWCAs across the country, YWCA Missoula is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The YWCA opens doors to opportunity and self-sufficiency for women and families facing poverty, violence and discrimination. With over 100 years of experience, the YWCA is the leading organization in Missoula for moving women and families out of crisis and empowering them to achieve lasting independence. The YWCA Missoula is a mighty force of roughly 40 paid staff, over 200 volunteers, members of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and AmeriCorps VISTA, and practicum and intern students. We depend on the individuals in this force to carry out the YWCA mission. In return, we will build leadership from within and promote leadership skills on all levels of the organization.

History

In 2011, YWCA Missoula celebrated 100 years responding to the emerging issues facing women in the community. It is through this rich history filled with compassion and dedication to families in Missoula that we are able to continue our mission eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people in our community.

YWCA Historical Highlights:

YWCA Missoula was founded on April 5, 1911, as an agency whose purpose was working with high school girls. In 1927, the YWCA began providing services to women traveling across country by train in search of work. Throughout the 1930s and 40s, the YWCA created an employment program for women, offered life-skills classes, counseling, financial aid and food donations. In 1977, the YWCA’s domestic violence shelter opened, with transitional housing following in 1988. Sexual assault services were added in 1997. The YWCA implemented a supervised visitation and exchange center a few years later. In 2004, the organization started its social marketing campaign to spark dialogue, reflection and transformation around racism. In 2007, GUTS! came on board, and in 2009, the YWCA took on Missoula’s only Emergency Housing program for homeless families.

Read on for an in-depth history of YWCA Missoula.

Leadership

Board of Directors

  • Deirdre Flaherty
    President
  • Cindy Nesselroad
    Vice President
  • Katie Carlson
    Secretary
  • Miranda Ming
    Treasurer
  • Annie Belcourt
    Member At-Large
  • Jennifer Clement
    Member At-Large
  • Michelle Cares
    Member At-Large
  • Sabrina Donahue
    Member At-Large
  • Sherrie Featherly
    Member At-Large
  • Jamie Iguchi
    Member At-Large
  • Natalie Jaeger
    Member At-Large
  • Helia Jazayeri
    Member At-Large
  • Katie Koga
    Member At-Large
  • Holly Ondrasek
    Member At-Large
  • Shannon Parsons
    Member At-Large
  • Cathryn Powell
    Member At-Large
  • Sally Weaver
    Member At-Large
  • Kathy Veazey
    Member At-Large

Financials

We believe great things happen because of people like you. Through charitable support, we will continue to see more individuals and families move towards safety, self sufficiency and empowerment. To learn more about YWCA Missoula, please view our 2014 Financial Report below.

Employment

YWCA Missoula is looking for a part-time Children’s Coordinator

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in human services or related field, or equivalent education/experience required.
  • Three years’ experience working with domestic violence and/or sexual assault required.
  • Love for children and zeal for their welfare.
  • Current Montana driver’s license and proof of auto insurance in compliance with Montana state law.
  • Must pass a background check designed to protect the interest individuals and families served by YWCA programs.

PARTIAL LIST OF DUTIES:

  • Nurtures, guides, plays with and mentors children in the shelter, groups and family services, kindly attending to their bodies, minds, and spirits.
  • Provides appropriate activity and interaction for children in the shelter, groups and family services.
  • Helps the children in YWCA programs have fun and learn.
  • Facilitates children’s groups weekly.
  • Works with mothers in the shelter to help them with parenting skills.
  • Works with the Shelter Coordinator to meet the individual needs of families residing at the shelter; works with Transitional Housing Case Managers, when applicable, to provide services for families in Family Services.
  • Coordinates with other area agencies to provide services for children in the shelter and family services.
  • Provides guidance and support to the volunteer advocate staff.
  • Maintains written client files.
  • Provides crisis counseling and support as needed at the shelter and at the YWCA.

HOURS/DAYS: Part time, 20 hours per week. Will work varied week days, evening and weekend hours, to be discussed at interview.
WAGE: $12.50/hour.
DEGREE:  Bachelor’s degree in human services or related field, or equivalent education/experience required.
BENEFITS: Employee filling this role has access to benefits including health, dental, vision, life insurance and FLEX.
CLOSING DATE: 5:00pm, Monday, August 7, 2017.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter:
-Via email to cmcdonald@ywcaofmissoula.org.
-In person at YWCA Missoula, 1130 W. Broadway, Missoula, MT 59802
-By mail at YWCA Missoula, 1130 W. Broadway, Missoula, MT 59802

For questions call 406-543-6691 and speak with Connie.

YWCA Missoula is looking for a Lead Visitation Monitor

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in human services or related field, or equivalent education/experience required.
  • Two years’ experience in related services, including experience with multi-level supervision required.
  • Current Montana driver’s license, an acceptable driving record and proof of auto insurance in compliance with Montana State law.
  • Must pass a background check designed to protect the interest of women and children served by the YWCA programs.
  • Ability to maintain confidential information.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with a variety of individuals, including clients, peers and supervisors.
  • Good work habits, including punctuality and ability to organize and manage time and information.
  • Ability to accept, act on and offer constructive criticism.

DUTIES- PARTIAL LIST

  • Supervises visits and exchanges between children and their non-residential parents.
  • Nurtures, guides, plays with and mentors children in the program
  • Redirects parent as needed, terminates visits when appropriate.
  • Schedules registrations/orientations and visitation.
  • Responsible for orientation with residential and non-residential parents
  • Assists with the parent education classes, which are offered on a quarterly basis.
  • Works with parents to help them with parenting skills.
  • Ensures participants have a thorough understanding of the program’s policies and procedures.
  • Assists in complex client/program situations.
  • Acts as a positive role model for children and their parents:  is flexible, compassionate and direct; addresses violent language and behavior by providing positive alternatives.

HOURS/DAYS: Part time, 17 hours per week. Will work varied week days, evening and weekend hours, to be discussed at interview.
WAGE: $12/hour.
DEGREE:  Bachelor’s degree in human services or related field, or equivalent education/experience required.
BENEFITS: Employee filling this role receives holiday pay.
CLOSING DATE: 5:00pm, Friday, August 4, 2017.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter:
-Via email to areed@ywcaofmissoula.org.
-In person at YWCA Missoula, 1130 W. Broadway, Missoula, MT 59802
-By mail at YWCA Missoula, 1130 W. Broadway, Missoula, MT 59802

For questions call 406-542-3346 and speak with Aubrey.

 

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