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Our Mission & Vision

“For more than 100 years, the YWCA has been committed to helping those families facing dire conditions – women and children living with domestic violence and families living on the street – to find permanent solutions to their challenges and regain their power…We believe our role is to help them identify the cause behind their situation and help them determine the best course of action for a stable, independent, and successful future...This is how you get true, lasting change.”

Heather Finlay, CEO, YWCA of San Diego County

YWCA San Diego County

The mission of the YWCA is to help women, children, and families break the cycle of domestic violence and homelessness and achieve self sufficient, healthy lives.

As a leader in providing client-centered programs for women and families, the YWCA offers comprehensive social services and resources for women and families of all races, ages, and socio-economic backgrounds. United by our common belief in mutual respect, integrity and professional excellence, we continue our legacy of cultivating community partnerships and responding to the changing needs of the people we serve.

The YWCA is the oldest and largest multicultural women's organization in the world. Across the globe the YWCA has more than 25 million members in 106 countries, including 2.6 million members and participants in 300 local associations in the United States. The YWCA USA’s office is located in Washington, D.C. To learn more about YWCA USA, please visit www.ywca.org.

The YWCA of San Diego County is one of twenty-six associations that make up the Pacific Region Council of YWCA USA. The associations in the Pacific Region provide women's leadership development, racial justice programs, mentoring, domestic violence shelters, teen pregnancy prevention, women’s health, women’s shelters, childcare and many more programs to support their communities. To learn more about the Pacific Region Council, please visit www.ywca.org/pacific. The YWCA of San Diego County is working locally to fulfill YWCA USA’s mission:

YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.


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