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.


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.


Board of Directors

  • Deirdre Flaherty
  • Cindy Nesselroad
    Vice President
  • Katie Carlson
  • Miranda Ming
  • 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


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.


YWCA Missoula is looking for a Pathways Advocate


  • 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.


  • 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: Full time, 40 hours per week. If necessary, will consider 2 part-time positions for 2 different employees. Will work varied week days, evening and weekend hours, to be discussed at interview.

WAGE: $11.17/hour.

DEGREE: High School diploma or High School Equivalency diploma required, Bachelor’s degree preferred.

BENEFITS: Employee(s) filling this role has access to benefits including health, dental, vision, life insurance and FLEX.

CLOSING DATE: 5:00pm, Friday, April 28, 2017.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter:
-Via email to
-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.

Part-Time Women’s Support Group Facilitator

YWCA Missoula is seeking a Native American woman to facilitate the weekly Domestic Violence Talking Circle, which takes place Tuesday evenings year-round. The Domestic Violence Talking Circle is a group for Native and non-Native women in all stages of healing from interpersonal violence. The Talking Circle brings teachings from indigenous elders, Medicine Wheel teachings, prayer and smudge, and an acknowledgment of the impacts of inter-generational trauma on the whole person-emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually to help facilitate the healing experience. The goal of the group is Individual healing and identity, with the support of the circle, to help empower women to continue in their healing process and individual growth. Group facilitation experience is required.

Position is approximately 5 hours per week.

To apply, contact Jan at 543-6691 or

YWCA Missoula is looking for Clinical Interns

Under the supervision of an in-house licensed therapist, YWCA Clinical Interns have the opportunity to help support Pathways Program participants by providing brief individual counseling, support group facilitation, and sexual assault response advocacy. The YWCA Clinical internship is intended for Counselor Education and Social Work graduate students who have experience and/or interest in working with trauma survivors, especially survivors of interpersonal violence. Students are expected to have foundational individual and group counseling skills, as well as a general understanding of case conceptualization and treatment planning. Students should also be able to communicate respectfully and effectively with people from diverse backgrounds, and have the ability to work with people in an empowering, supportive, and constructive manner. Prior training/experience in domestic and sexual violence as well as knowledge of trauma response and/or trauma-informed treatment are desirable but not required as advanced training in domestic and sexual violence will be provided by the YWCA. Students must pass a background check and provide proof of professional liability insurance coverage and auto liability insurance coverage.

WAGE: $14.50/hour.

HOURS/DAYS: 10-15 hours per week between May 2017 and May 2018, with opportunities to work additional hours, if desired.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to For questions call (406) 543-6691 and speak with Erica.


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