Love shouldn’t hurt; safety is possible

As service providers who work with hundreds of domestic violence survivors and victims every year, we are heartbroken and dismayed that three of our community members have been killed in the past year, allegedly at the hands of an abusive partner, leaving behind six children who will now grow up without their parents. These tragedies… Read more »

Afraid of Our Own

I hear people asking why local organizations are working on behalf of refugees when there are so many of “our own” in need of support. Often this question is accompanied by veiled or not-so-veiled Islamophobia or xenophobia, with the implication that Arab Americans are not real Americans, or that people do not enter this country… Read more »

YWCA Missoula Receives Grant from Plum Creek Foundation

MISSOULA – YWCA Missoula is pleased to announce it has received a $2,500 grant from the Plum Creek Foundation to update the Pathways Domestic Violence Shelter. YWCA Missoula’s Pathways program serves Missoula and rural communities of Western Montana to provide safety and refuge for women and their families when escaping domestic violence. The funds will… Read more »

Struggle Against Silence

One month ago, a man walked into Emanual African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina and shot and killed nine people. A witness stated that the arrested suspect said he was there “to shoot black people” in addition to stating “you’ve raped our women, and you’re taking over the country. I have to do… Read more »

Start There

Since joining the staff at the YWCA in Missoula last May as the Racial Justice Intern, I have bookmarked close to a hundred articles, videos, and links to court cases on my internet browser. I spent hours reading, watching, listening, and waiting for me to get it. My job was to write about racial issues… Read more »

Stop Telling Women To Smile

Just imagine, it’s about 10:15pm, the film you are watching is coming to an end. Instead of focusing on your reaction to the completely predictable plot twist, all you can think about is what will happen in the next few minutes? Will I make it to my car safely, or will I be attacked? These… Read more »

Service Sunday

YWCA Secret Seconds Thrift stores has kicked off a new volunteer opportunity called Service Sundays. Service Sundays take place on Sunday mornings from 9:30-11:30 a.m., before the store is open. This volunteer opportunity is ideal for people who would love to help out but can’t commit to a long term volunteering position. Breakfast is provided… Read more »