Programs

YWCA Greater Harrisburg's Housing and Homeless Programs offer a continuum of housing options, but the programs provide more than housing assistance; they focus on the establishment of well-defined goals and objectives. The YWCA offers women - and men - an opportunity to break the cycle of homelessness in order to achieve self sufficiency. The following housing options are coordinated by the YWCA: 30-day Emergency Shelter, Transitional and Bridge Housing, Single Room Occupancy, and Permanent Housing for Persons with Disabilities. The primary population is homeless women and women with children. Additionally, we assist homeless veterans in securing housing. While enrolled in the long-term housing programs, individuals are assigned case managers, and are expected to particpiate in life skills classes, that include, but are not limited to housing options, finances, employment, self care, parenting and recovery.

The YWCA Greater Harrisburg's Violence Intervention and Prevention Programs (VIP) provide comprehensive crisis and counseling services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including a crisis hotline, individual and group counseling, and medical and court accompaniments. Services are available to victims and non-offending family members of all ages and genders, and are free and confidential. The VIP Department also offers Violence Prevention Education services; instructors who are specifically trained with regard to sexual assault and domestic violence issues, and who use age- and language-appropriate formats, facilitate workshops for school-age children, teens and adults, including medical workers, police cadets.

The YWCA Greater Harrisburg Domestic Violence Legal Center was established to provide free civil legal assistance to victims of domestic violence or sexual assault who are unable to afford an attorney.

The Visitation Center was created by YWCA Greater Harrisburg and the Children's Resource Center in response to the need for a site where supervised interactions between children and their parents could be conducted. The center is committed to enhancing the safety of children while providing a friendly, nurturing environment in which families experiencing difficulty interacting can meet. We promote the physical and emotional well-being of each individual using this service.

YWCA Greater Harrisburg operates The Grace M. Pollock Child Development Center in Allison Hill. The center provides care for children from 6 weeks to 6 years of age. Additionally, the site provides before- and after-school care for children up to the age of 12. The center is fully licensed and is part of the STARS program (a standardized, state-administered quality assurance program).

The YWCA also operates a summer camp in Fishing Creek Valley for children ages 5 to 12. The 27-acre property provides plenty of space for children to experience outdoor activities, swimming, crafts and more. The property is also available for rent for family reunions, corporate picnics and other gatherings. For more information about renting Camp Reily, please contact Gilly Byerly at 724-2250.

"Eliminating racism" is at the core of the YWCA's mission, and our Racial Justice programs focus on educating and equipping our staff to embody this in their work, and strengthening our partnerships to address racism in the Greater Harrisburg community.

Empowering members of the Greater Harrisburg area and surrounding communities remains the driving force behind the Economic and Neighborhood Development (END) department. END programs address the needs of the community through outreach efforts, employment readiness services, and collaborations that support community development.

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