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Media Perpetuates “Angry Black Woman” Stereotype in First Lady Incident

First ladies have always occupied a special place in the hearts and minds of Americans. The mental image of a first lady for most Americans is probably a mash up between Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Kennedy and Nancy Reagan. This mental image and many other stereotypes were shaken to their core with the arrival of Michelle… Read more »

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YWCA Staff Visit Montana State Prison

On a brisk Friday morning, myself and three other Pathways team members were locked behind bars in the ‘C’ block of the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge. Don’t worry, YWCA blog followers, no one at the YWCA has committed a felony and will be serving hard time in the slammer. Starting in July, our crisis line… Read more »

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YWCA Missoula Staff Inspired at YWCA USA Annual Conference in DC

The YWCA USA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., encompassed four days of women speakers, presenters and voices. Whether participating in one-on-one networking opportunities or listening to the inspiring speakers, the message was strong and clear: women of the YWCA speak with conviction. Women are daring and dreaming and achieving on such an impressive scale. I was moved… Read more »

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Racial Justice Intern Works to Raise Awareness of Racism

YWCA Missoula’s motto, “Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women,” describes in a nutshell the work the YWCA has been doing for years. Now however, the organization is taking a step forward in furthering its goal of eliminating racism with the Racial Justice Initiative.  The Initiative is a program that strives to make YWCA Missoula a leader in racial… Read more »

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Planet Kids Needs More PEDAL Power

Planet Kids is in need of some donations. We need some kind souls to donate any pedal- or foot-powered kids’ vehicles. It would be great if they have a battery pack that can be removed and are foot-driven! These are some of the favorite toys for the kids to play with, but from overuse our… Read more »

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Secret Seconds Never Goes Out of Style

This weekend’s Secret Seconds half off sale was wildly successful! If you missed this one, no worries. Come see us at the next half off sale in November.     Here are a few gems that were miraculously passed over this weekend.   Come check them out!     Happy shopping… Posted by Shelby, Secret… Read more »

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Pet Advocate Needed for Shelter Family!

The YWCA Pet Advocate program is in need of a Pet Advocate to foster a 7-year-old female boxer/pit bull mix and her adorable 1-month old puppy. The dogs’ owner, *Samantha, is staying at the YWCA domestic violence shelter with her four children. She came to Missoula after fleeing from her abusive partner in another state and knows absolutely no… Read more »

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YWCA Provides a Gateway to Housing for Homeless Families

YWCA Missoula’s Gateway Assessment Center – part of our Ada’s Place program – offers seven motel rooms to house homeless families for up to 50 days. Our case manager meets with homeless families on a weekly basis for intake and assessment and provides referrals for finding employment, housing, transportation and legal counsel. Fifty days can feel like a… Read more »

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Join Our Team!

Join a team of dynamic, passionate and hardworking women dedicated to making Missoula a safe and welcoming place for everyone.    Pathways Clinical Coordinator The Pathways Clinical Coordinator is responsible for providing clinical supervision and expertise to the YWCA staff and volunteers. Specifically, this position will oversee the Sexual Assault Services and the Support Group… Read more »

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GUTSY Summer Happenings!

Ahhhh Springtime! In Missoula, spring is the beginning of warm weather, Chaco sandals and outdoor barbecues. For the YWCA’s Girls Using Their Strengths (GUTS!) program, springtime means wrapping up our after-school and lunchtime groups to make way for mapping our routes, dusting off backpacks, patching tents, applying for backpacking permits and prepping girls for our Summer Outdoor Adventures! It’s… Read more »