Women's Resource Center

Through strategic planning and visioning sessions, the YWCA of Northwest Louisiana is planing to develop a Women's Resource Center that would be a collaborative, one-stop shop for women's resources in the community. The overall goal of the Center will be the empowerment of women and their families through education, resources and intervention. This Center would provide a variety of services for women through partnerships with community agencies and programs who currently provide services targeted to women and children and that fit with the YWCA's mission. These agencies would partner with the YWCA to be located in the Women's Resource Center either on a part-time or full-time basis.

The Women's Resource Center will have three major focus areas:

  1. Education
  2. Resources
  3. Intervention

Some of the services that will be offered through this Center are:

  • legal education and advocacy
  • financial literacy and economic empowerment classes and services
  • leadership development for teen girls
  • counseling services, support groups
  • homeless services for homeless women
  • parenting classes and resources for women and families
  • racial justice programs

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 of 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 will be 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.