Camp Westwind has been changing the lives of youth and families for over 75 years. The YWCA provides scholarships to low-income youth so that they may experience the magic of Camp Westwind and foster essential life skills such as confidence, respect and social awareness. Scholarships are available for all camp sessions.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICES
The six domestic violence emergency shelters in our region receive at least six times as many requests for shelter as there are beds available. As a result, one in four homeless women in Portland identify domestic violence as the reason they became homeless in the first place. To address this alarming need, the YWCA of Greater Portland designed the Yolanda Project in April 2013 with the goal to support survivors of domestic violence to increase their safety, economic security, and housing stability during and immediately following emergency crisis situations.
The Yolanda Project is a unique, ongoing program that diverts pressure on our region’s emergency shelter system by working with survivors of domestic violence at risk of becoming homeless to skip a stay in an emergency shelter and obtain safe, stable housing for themselves and their families.
The YWCA’s Senior Services Program offers a wide range of information and support to seniors, empowering them to maintain healthy and independent lives in the safety and comfort of their own homes. Co-located at the East Multnomah Aging & Disability Services building in Gresham, our services are tailored to meet the needs of seniors and their caregivers, and include: case management, support and respite for caregivers, chronic disease support groups, Medicare counseling, and legal assistance. The senior services team also act as advocates for their clients by facilitating their access to services provided by the YWCA’s partner agencies.
SOCIAL JUSTICE PROGRAM
The YWCA’s Social Justice Program provides education, dialogue, advocacy and events to foster a theoretical and practical understanding of racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression. The aim of the program is to increase awareness of these issues and equip our community with the knowledge and skills required to help build a more equitable world. Our interactive workshops cover topics such as domestic violence, oppression, bias, and cultural competency.