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A Message from the CEO

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“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

The YWCA of Rochester & Monroe County has believed in the beauty of women’s dreams for over 125 years.  We believe that women have the strength to achieve their dreams no matter what their current situation might be.  

Women and children come to the YWCA for many reasons.  They may be homeless or fleeing from domestic violence.  Some women may be struggling to keep their family intact while recovering from chemical dependence.  A teen mother may be afraid of dropping out of school or never finding a good job.

Whatever the reason, the YWCA’s door is always open.  Each woman and teen mother is greeted with dignity and respect.  We offer a safe place to live, skill-building for life and work, linkages to community resources, and a caring staff who provide encouragement and support.  But make no mistake, it is the women and girls we serve who do the hard work each day to achieve their dreams. We are proud of all of their success.

We are also proud of what the YWCA has achieved despite the challenges of difficult economic times.  We have been able to enrich, not just maintain, our programs and services.

Our Housing Program serves more than 650 women and children each year through the broadest possible range of supportive housing options.  We have expanded the capacity of our emergency housing program to accommodate more women with children and created a cozy children’s playroom. 

We also help to keep families living on the margin from losing their homes by participating in the community-wide Heading Home program.

Our Teen Services program prepares hundreds of young women to lead healthy and productive lives.  This fall we will provide support services to pregnant and parenting teens on site at an eighth school in the Rochester City School District.  We now provide weekly youth development workshops and community service learning opportunities to teens at the Avenue D Recreation Center.

On April 29th, along with with YWCAs from across the country, we held a Stand Against Racism.  We reached out to local businesses, schools, houses of worship, organizations and government agencies to join with us to build awareness about racism.  More than 100 participating sites, involving over 7500 people, engaged with us to create together, a stronger community.

Jean Carroll,
President & CEO

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In 2010, CEO Jean Carroll was recognized in celebration of 25 years of extraordinary service and dedication to the YWCA.

Honor and Memorial gifts are a great way to recognize a special anniversary, birthday, or other celebration while helping women and children in need.