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

  • Cindy Nesselroad
    President
  • Katie Carlson
    Vice President
  • Michelle Cares
    Secretary
  • Miranda Ming
    Treasurer
  • Annie Belcourt
    Member At-Large
  • Jennifer Clement
    Member At-Large
  • Sabrina Donahue
    Member At-Large
  • Sherrie Featherly
    Member At-Large
  • Deirdre Flaherty
    Immediate Past President
  • Natalie Jaeger
    Member At-Large
  • Helia Jazayeri
    Member At-Large
  • Holly Ondrasek
    Member At-Large
  • Shannon Parsons
    Member At-Large
  • Cathy Powell
    Member At-Large
  • Kathy Veazy
    Member At-Large
  • Sally Weaver
    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 Financial Report below.

Employment

YWCA Missoula is looking for a part-time Pathways Advocate.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Completion of YWCA advocate training
  • Crisis line and response experience preferred
  • Reliable phone for contact with volunteers during weekend relief shifts
  • Consistent availability on evenings/weekends
  • High school diploma or High School Equivalency Diploma required, Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • 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 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

  • Provides guidance and support to the volunteer advocate staff
  • Meets potential residents; provides intake screening and placement into Shelter during shift.
  • Provides trauma-centered and survivor-focused advocacy to residents in the shelter.
  • Facilitates resolution with crises that may arise during the shift.
  • Provides trauma-centered and survivor-focused crisis counseling and support as needed at the Shelter.
  • Facilitates problem solving with residents as issues arise in the Shelter.
  • Communicates to the house meeting facilitator any concerns/issues to be addressed in meetings; facilitates meetings upon request.
  • Maintains confidential written client files as needed.

HOURS/DAYS: Part-time, 20 hours per week. Will work varied week days, evening and weekend hours, to be discussed at interview. This position will work weekends regularly.
WAGE: $12.00/hour.
DEGREE: High School diploma or High School Equivalency diploma required. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
BENEFITS: Employee filling this role has access to benefits including health, dental, vision, life insurance and FLEX.
CLOSING DATE: 5:00pm, Friday, June 15, 2018.

Referral Instructions:
To apply, please send resume and cover letter:
-Via email to [email protected]
-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 Pam Koepplin.

 

YWCA Missoula is looking for a Planet Kids Visit Monitor

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • High school diploma or HiSet Equivalency diploma required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in human services or related field, or equivalent experience preferred.
  • Current Montana driver’s license and proof of auto insurance in compliance with Montana state law.
  • Two years’ experience working with at-risk children preferred.
  • Must pass a background check designed to protect the interests 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:

  • Monitors visits and exchanges between children and their non-residential parents.
  • Nurtures, guides, plays with and mentors children in the program, kindly attending to their bodies, minds and spirits.
  • Redirects parent as needed, terminates visits when appropriate.
  • Helps the children in the program have fun and learn.
  • Works with parents to help them with parenting skills.
  • 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, 12-15 hours per week. Will work varied week days, evenings and weekend hours, to be discussed at interview.
WAGE: $11.17/hour.
DEGREE: High school diploma or HiSet Equivalency diploma required. Bachelor’s degree in human services or related field, or equivalent education/experience preferred.
BENEFITS: This position does not have access to benefits.
CLOSING DATE: 5:00pm, Friday, June 29, 2018.

Referral Instructions
To apply, please send resume and cover letter:
-Via email to [email protected].
-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 Brittany.

 

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

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, 25 hours per week. Will work varied week days, evening and weekend hours, to be discussed at interview.
WAGE: $12.00/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, Friday, June 29, 2018.

Referral Instructions
To apply, please send resume and cover letter:
-Via email to [email protected].
-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 Pam Koepplin.

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