YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
YWCA Richmond strengthens our community by creating and advancing opportunities to empower individuals, children, and families to live their best lives.
For 130 years, YWCA Richmond has been a leading force in securing an environment of change and
empowerment for women and their families. The oldest YWCA in the south, YWCA Richmond was conceived in 1887 in a parlor meeting of eight
cross-denominational women. Their primary concern was for the women who were
coming into the city to find work but had no place to live. They began by
addressing the immediate housing needs of the women.
As additional needs arose, the women of the YWCA responded; including, opening one of the first childcare centers locally. This legacy continues today. The YWCA of Richmond serves families of all backgrounds with quality early child education programming.
Presently, YWCA Richmond provides survivors of domestic and sexual violence with transformational, trauma-informed programs that foster emotional, social and economic stability.
Our vision is to strengthen our community by creating and advancing opportunities to empower women, children and families to live their best lives. In addition to providing community-based services that fulfill this vision, YWCA Richmond hosts the annual Outstanding Women Awards, the premiere women’s leadership event for Greater Richmond. The YWCA also provides development opportunities for women of all ages, from our young professionals board the Young Women’s Leadership Alliance, to the Pat Asch Fellowship for Social Justice for a woman aged 50 or better to continue her service to our community by receiving new opportunities for personal growth. We are also led by a visionary executive director and a dedicated, all-female Board of Directors.
YWCA Richmond is a dynamic organization which strives to meet the needs of women and children in our community. We pride ourselves in being responsive and flexible enough to adapt to our community. YWCA looks forward to continuing to provide high-quality services to the Greater Richmond area.
YWCA Richmond is thrilled to have a diverse board of female leaders, providing a wide range of perspectives to address community issues. Our governing Board members provide business and financial acumen, government advocacy knowledge and mission oversight, while directing our fulfillment of our three-year strategic plan.
Prior to joining Luck Companies in 2002, Tissiere was a middle school Spanish teacher and head of the foreign language department in Little Falls, New York. Prior to her work as a teacher in Little Falls, Tissiere lived in Providence, Rhode Island for 12 years where she was the director of public relations for Citizens Financial Group and also served as a public relations specialist in the health care industry.
Tissiere currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Children’s Museum of Richmond. She previously served as Vice Chair of the Henrico Education Foundation. She holds a B.A. in Spanish from Indiana University and a M.A. in Journalism from Ohio State University.
For programs, YWCA Richmond collaborates with several agencies in the region, including the Better Housing
Coalition, Hanover Safe Place, The James House, Safe Harbor, Project Hope at
Quin Rivers and Goochland Free Clinic.
For our domestic violence and sexual assault programming, we frequently work with Chesterfield Sexual and Domestic Violence Resource Center, City of Richmond Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, City of Richmond Victim Witness, Greater Richmond Continuum of Care, Metro Richmond Sexual and Domestic Violence Coordinating Committee, Richmond Police Department, Central Virginia Food Bank, Rubicon, the VCU Wellness Resource Center, Virginia Department of Social Services and the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance.
For emergency services, such as R-HART, we partner with several hospital campuses, including Bon Secours Health Systems and VCU/MCV Health Systems.
For our early childhood education programming, we partner with Richmond Public Schools HeadStart and the United Way (Smart Beginnings).
In-kind giving partnerships include, but are not limited to, relationships with Boaz & Ruth, Dress for Success Central Virginia, The Junior League of Richmond, Caring Clothes Closet, Sneed’s Nursery, Art on Wheels, Spirited Art and Ruth & Ollie.
We partner with several area, middle and high schools for our teen dating violence prevention programming including The Steward School and Trinity Episcopal School. We also work with universities in the Richmond area to provide educational outreach about sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Campuses include Virginia Commonwealth University, Reynolds Community College, and John Tyler Community College.
The ultimate goals of The Sprout School are to achieve school readiness for young children and to increase parental participation in their child's academic career and development.
Having celebrated its 36th year in 2016, the Outstanding Women Awards (OWA) luncheon is an extension of YWCA Richmond's mission to empower women. This annual event, held each April, celebrates local females of influence in the following areas: Arts, Business, Communications, Education, Health and Science, Human Relations and Faith in Action, Law and Government, Media and Marketing, Nonprofit Management, and Volunteerism.
In 2014, YWCA Richmond announced the Pat Asch Fellowship for Social Justice in honor of former Executive Director of YWCA Richmond and Jackson Foundation, Patricia Morris Asch. The Fellowship is designed to support the work or professional development of a woman who, like Pat, has a vision for change in her own life and the drive to make positive change in the Greater Richmond community. Consideration for this award is open to any woman who is at least 50 years of age and who resides or works in Richmond City, Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Goochland or Powhatan County.
Program Participants will utilize healthy conflict skills in their relationships and recognize when partners are potentially abusive. All program participants will feel empowered to respond, prevent and protect others from domestic and sexual violence.
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