At our location, the Women's Resource Center is a place for women to find resources, information and support for their needs. We offer individual counseling, support groups, educational sessions on legal, financial and parenting information, and teen empowerment programs on site and in the community. The overall goal of the Center is to be the empowerment of women and their families through education, resources and intervention.
The Women's Resource Center has three major focus areas:
Some of the services offered through this Center are:
- legal education and advocacy
- financial literacy and economic empowerment classes and services
- leadership development for girls and women
- abuse/violence/bullying awareness for teens
- pregnancy prevention for teens
- counseling services, support groups
- health education and prevention services
Other services may be provided through the Women's Resource Center as collaborative relationships and partnerships develop. Some of the services may be provided by the YWCA if funding allows for program development, although many of the programs and services will be provided by existing agencies and organizations.
The YWCA has been in consultation with groups in the community to determine the needs of women and their families and the services that are not currently being provided or that are easily accessible for women. The YWCA of the USA has also provided technical assistance, consultation and planning assistance in the development of the new YWCA.
With the YWCA Northwest Louisiana's rich history of providing a variety of services and programs for women, children and families, and with the resources of the YWCA of the USA, the new YWCA will be once again the primary provider of quality services for women of all socioeconomic levels, all racial/ethnic groups, and all educational and religious backgrounds who have diverse needs and issues. Women and children are able to come to one location to receive information, education, resources, support and services to assist them with their various needs. Classes, groups and services can also be taken to locations within the community, such as schools, community centers, churches and workplaces to meet people where they are and to collaborate with other groups in the community.