Welcome to Our Adopted Nonprofit


From the Desk of Jenifer Whiston:

YWCA of the Greater Capital Region is honored to have been selected as the Women’s Business Council 2018 Adopted Nonprofit.  Thank you so much! We are looking forward to working with you throughout the year.

YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc. is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Since 1883, YWCA of the Greater Capital Region has served women in the City of Troy and Greater Capital Region areas. Today, we are one of the area’s largest providers of affordable and supportive housing to both single women and women with children that would otherwise be homeless or living in substandard housing. In addition to our economic empowerment, homelessness prevention, food security services and supportive programs, every day, YWCA-GCR houses 104 women and 50 children.

The goal of YWCA-GCR is to surround all of its residents with 360º of Support — a range of services customized to meet each woman’s individual needs to achieve their goals and become self-sufficient.  Not all residents need all of the available services, but there is one thing that every single woman receives:  HOPE. 

Our supportive services are available to and utilized by community members and include:

SUPPORTIVE HOUSING on any given day, YWCA-GCR provides safe, affordable, and supportive housing to 104 women and over 50 children across four housing programs; on-site and scattered sites.

WEEKLY COMMUNITY MEALS provide free, nutritious, cooked meals for residents and greater Capital Region community members every Thursday evening from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

FOOD PANTRY is open to all community members of the Greater Capital Region. Our Food Pantry provides a 3-day food package once a month for each person in the household. YWCA-GCR Food Pantry provides emergency food to approximately 100 households per month. The food pantry is open 4 days per week.

SOLUTIONS TO END HOMELESSNESS PROGRAM (STEPH) a homeless prevention program providing case management and financial assistance to community members residing in Rensselaer County facing eviction. Participants learn new: budgeting strategies, employment enhancement skills, resume/cover letter writing, and home organization techniques. STEPH encourages community resource connections regarding subsidized housing, appropriate benefit and entitlement procurement, medical care, mental health care, substance abuse treatment, and health insurance.

JAMISON-ROUNDS READY FOR SCHOOL PROGRAM encourages educational growth and provides support, resources, and skills women and men need to further their education, overcome barriers, and reach their educational and life goals.

JAMISON-ROUNDS READY FOR WORK PROGRAM is a 12-week intensive “job readiness” training program that prepares women for permanent jobs that pay a livable wage. Women learn basic work skills, interviewing techniques, financial literacy, and computer skills. We have an 83% success rate – which means 6 months post-graduation alums will have secured employment, entered into higher education, received a trade certificate, or received their TASC (formerly known as a GED).

JAMISON-ROUNDS READY FOR LIFE prepares women for the world in which they live in a 7-week group to Build Self-Esteem, Learn Positive Coping Skills, Explore and begin to recover from trauma, establish and maintain healthy relationships with others and learn to communicate and advocate for themselves.

SALLY CATLIN RESOURCE CENTER provides four computers with internet access for recreational use, such as emailing friends and family as well as for goal-orientated tasks: job searches, apartment searches, and resource information.

This coming year marks the Centennial Celebration of the building housing YWCA-GCR (May 18, 1918 – May 18, 2018).  Throughout the year we will be celebrating our history, and we encourage everyone to join us, as we come together to ensure that we continue to empower women for the next 100 years!

Everyone here at YWCA of the Greater Capital Region is excited to be partnering with the Women’s Business Council for 2018.  We encourage you to call us anytime at (518) 274-7100 or email jeniferw@ywca-gcr.org if you have questions, would like an update on what we’re doing, want to take a tour, or wish to volunteer.


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