Mission, Vision & Values


Eliminating racism
Empowering women and girls
Promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all


The YWCA West Central Michigan has been a place of hope, healing, and renewal for more than 100 years. We believe that economically, socially, and politically empowering everyone requires the elimination of racism and an equal, just, and sustainable society.

We realize our mission by addressing the public health issues surrounding domestic abuse and sexual violence. We envision a community that embraces diversity, creates a safe and empowering environment for all women and children, and celebrates peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all people. The YWCA West Central Michigan will be a leader in building and sustaining that community, working to empower women and girls by eliminating racism, confronting the issues of relationship abuse and sexual violence, and addressing social, political, and economic inequities.


Fundamental to our mission and our work is our belief in the interconnectedness of all people and the inherent value of every person.

To honor those beliefs, we:

  • Practice empathy.
  • Learn first, then teach.
  • Listen courageously without ego to those things which are hard to hear.
  • Act with transparency.
  • Promise accountability to our mission, one another, those we serve, our supporters, and our community.