“Before I began at Passages, my life was out of control and I’d hit rock bottom. After entering the program, I now feel safe and I have found a job and I am working. The YWCA has helped me to be independent by encouraging me to take an active role in my life.”
— Former Passages Resident
Passages is a 18-month, multi-phase transitional housing program that supports single homeless women in their journey from homelessness to stable housing. Many of these women are victims of domestic violence or other trauma, and have little or no income. The program focuses on career development, counseling, financial literacy training, and case managers who help each woman develop a complete plan that leads to employment and permanent housing. Passages brings about lasting change in the lives of women in crisis and helps them build stronger, more productive futures.
Case management is a critical component of the YWCA’s strategy to assist women and families in overcoming homelessness. Our case managers assess the needs of each client and their family to design an individualized plan to achieve their goals.
Individual and group therapy sessions cover the cycle of domestic violence, self-esteem and assertiveness training, boundary setting, conflict resolution, and techniques to manage anger and stress.
The YWCA legal team provides support services free of charge, including temporary restraining orders, legal separation and divorce, child custody, immigration, employment and housing issues for victims of domestic violence, dating violence and sexual assault to Passages clients and underserved women in the community.
Building economic security is a core component of the Passages program. Staffed by an Employment Development Manager and a Career Counselor, the YWCA Career Center offers assistance with resume writing and job search, as well as intership placement to gain valuable experience and hands-on skills.
The Passages program helps survivors of homelessness gain the financial knowledge, skills, and resources that they need to achieve self-sufficency and thrive.