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Mission Statement

The YWCA of Kitsap County is dedicated to ensuring the personal safety, rights, welfare, and dignity of those who experience domestic abuse while building partnerships and increasing community awareness to create positive social change.

To learn more about the YWCA of Kitsap County, view our:

2014 Annual Report
2014 990 (coming soon)
2013 990 (coming soon)
2012 990 (coming soon)

Message from Executive Director, Denise Frey

DeniseYWCAs across the country have a proud history of “eliminating racism and empowering women.” We have worked to change history – from ending child labor to pushing for a 40-hour work week, from civil rights to women’s rights, from advocacy for women’s health care to an end to violence against women and girls.

Here in Kitsap County, we are dedicated to ensuring the personal safety, rights, welfare and dignity of those who experience domestic abuse while building partnerships and increasing community awareness to create positive social change.

In 2014, there were nearly 6,000 domestic violence calls for help to law enforcement throughout Kitsap County. Some of those calls are made by children, witnessing the assault and knowing instinctively to call 911.

While law enforcement deals with the incident itself, the YWCA deals with the “before and after.” We provide counseling, support groups, food and clothing assistance to at-risk women and families as well as emergency and transitional shelter and legal advocacy for those trying to escape the abuse. When asked “Why don’t they just leave?”, I often answer “Because they may be killed.” The most dangerous domestic violence occurs during that escape and the YWCA stands ready to offer safety and protection with the strong support from our local law enforcement.

The YWCA of Kitsap County depends on our community’s support to ensure that our services continue to provide that safety net. On behalf of our staff, board of directors and most of all the women and families we serve, I want to thank all of you who show us your support by volunteering, attending our fundraisers, donating food and clothing, and making your financial contributions. We couldn’t do what we do without you!