428-1130 ext. 302
Since 1987, the Awakenings program, housed in the YWCA Women’s Residence, has provided counseling and treatment referral to 12 women who are homeless, formerly incarcerated, and in recovery from chemical addictions.
Education and health screenings for low-income or under-insured women.
The GEMS (Girls Empowered through Meaningful Support) program has assisted school-age girls in White Plains for more than 35 years by offering opportunities to enhance their cultural awareness. For further information, see our after-school programs.
Residence for Women
The YWCA provides the only permanent supportive housing for women in Westchester. 182 women currently reside at this facility on North Broadway.
School-Based Adolescent Parenting Program (SBAPP)
Paula Santa-Donato, CSW, Director, 914 422-2262
Adolescents who become parents face a host of problems. The goals of this program are to support adolescent mothers so they can finish high school; provide quality child care for their children; and to enhance parenting skills. The program operates year-round. Collaborators include the Youth Consultation League of Westchester Jewish Community Services, the White Plains School District, the YWCA, the Westchester County Department of Social Services and the Early Learning Center.
The Stand Against Racism is a movement of the YWCA that aims to eliminate racism by raising awareness through its annual event. You, too, can be a part of this important program.
Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Program
Melinda Kaiser, Director, ext. 128
Supervised Visitation enables children to maintain healthy and positive relationships with non-custodial parents while ensuring safety for the children and the custodial parents. Monitored weekly visits take place at the YWCAs in White Plains and in Yonkers. All visits are court mandated. The program receives financial support from the Westchester County Department of Probation.
Learn more about our Supervised Visitation Program, click here for English or here in Spanish.
The program also offers orientations for family members who are ordered by the courts to provide supervised visitation. Free 2-hour orientations include basic information on the responsibilities of the family members including, how to interview, basic documentation and background information on issues leading to supervised visitation. Flexible schedule, English and Spanish at both locations.