YWCA West Central Michigan

Where racism and sexism give rise to domestic and sexual violence, we transform lives with expert services for victims, education to end those things that fuel abuse, and public policy that translates our mission into law.

Grand Rapids, MI   |  www.ywcawcmi.org

Mission

MISSION: Eliminating racism; Empowering women and girls; Promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. SERVICES: Where racism and sexism give rise to domestic and sexual violence, the YWCA West Central Michigan transforms lives through public policy that translates our mission into law, and expert, on-the-ground programming that represents our community's most comprehensive response to domestic and dating abuse, sexual assault, stalking, and child sexual abuse.

Ruling year info

1942

CEO

Charisse Mitchell

Main address

25 Sheldon Ave., SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49503 USA

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Formerly known as

YWCA of Grand Rapids

EIN

38-1359578

NTEE code info

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

Family Violence Shelters and Services (P43)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Domestic and sexual violence are at epidemic levels. Law enforcement agencies within Kent County each year report more than 1,000 cases of sexual abuse of children. A 2011 report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) underscores the scope of the problem. One in four women has suffered severe physcial violence by an intimate partner. Nearly 1 in 5 women has been raped at some time in her life, almost half as teenagers. More than 25 percent of men who were raped were attacked when they were younger than 11 years old. Yet, the vulnerability experienced by individuals with disabilities is especially startling. Children with disabilities are more than twice as likely to be victimized. CDC researchers found that 12 percent of adults with a disability were victims of sexual assault; an additional 13 percent were victims of attempted assault.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Services for Domestic and Dating Abuse, Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Child Sexual Abuse

* 24-Hour Confidential Hotline
* Domestic Abuse Emergency Shelter
* Domestic Abuse Transitional Housing
* Nurse Examiner Program (medical-forensic exams for child and adult victims of sexual assault; for adult victims of domestic violence)
* Therapy, Counseling and Support Groups (with additional specializations for LGBTQ+ and individuals with intellectual/ developmental disabilities)
* Domestic Abuse Assailants Counseling
* Advocacy Resource Services (Safety planning and developing safe exit strategies, legal help, crisis services for friends and family of victims, and individual supports such as education, resources, help with law enforcement, and more)
* Safe Connections (Supervised Parenting Time and Safe Child Exchange)
* Childcare for clients on-site and in emergency shelter

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families
Children and youth

The YWCA's Prevention and Empowerment Services seeks to provide individuals and the community with evidenced based approaches to prevent domestic abuse and sexual assault. This is accomplished through providing individual youth with curriculum that empowers them to make informed decisions about their lives, relationships, and communities; empowering young women to see themselves as leaders in creating change; engaging with community systems that have the power to create change; hosting community awareness events and initiatives; and working to examine and promote policies and legislation that aim to prevent violence before it occurs.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Men and boys
Children and youth
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Council on Accreditation (COA) [for Children and Family Services] - Accreditation 1999

Council on Accreditation (COA) 2002

Council on Accreditation (COA) 2005

Council on Accreditation (COA) 2008

Council on Accreditation (COA) 2011

Council on Accreditation (COA) 2014

Council on Accreditation (COA) 2017

Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity 2014

Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity 2016

Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity 2018

Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity 2019

Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity 2020

Awards

First Agency Partner of the Year Award Recipient 2014

Heart of West Michigan United Way

Full Partner 2014

Partners for a Racism Free Community

first-ever domestic and sexual violence service provider in Michigan to fully meet 100 percent of the state’s core and best practice standards 2014

Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Treatment Board

Torch Awards for Ethics 2016

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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.

The YWCA’s approach to improving performance involves multiple community partners and disciplines in establishing the plans, processes and mechanisms that comprise performance and quality improvement activities.

With culturally competent staff, more than a century of work to benefit women, over forty years addressing issues of violence against women and children, and our community's deepest level of expertise and experience in these areas, the YWCA has the capacity and ability to do this work.

Annual reports for the YWCA West Central Michigan are located at ywcawcmi.org/who-we-are/performance/

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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YWCA West Central Michigan

Board of directors
as of 6/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

India Manns

Doug Wilterdink

DWH, LLC

Lonna Wiersma

Mercantile Bank

Meg Hackett

Thrun Law Firm P.C.

India Manns

Community Volunteer

Julia Guevara

Grand Valley State University

Peggy Bishop

Beene Garter LLP

Cindy Rogowski

Meijer

Jessie Jones

Spectrum Health

Sara Hendrix

BDO

Lauren Davis

TCF Bank

Kelley Root

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Michelle LaJoye-Young

Kent County Sheriff's Office

Lisa Kreager

Crowe

Veronica Bradford

Gordon Food Service

Lisa Knight

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/15/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data