Transforming Lives

Mission Statement

The YWCA Greater Harrisburg is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

What We Do

The services offered by the YWCA Greater Harrisburg focus on six general program areas: Housing and Homelessness Services, Violence Intervention and Prevention Services, Pre-K programs, Veterans Outreach and Support Programs, Supported Employment Programs and Legal and Visitation Services. The YWCA Greater Harrisburg is a full service provider of empowerment and self-sufficiency programs for women, children, and families. With the exception of participants in our prevention education programs, a single YWCA client might receive multiple services and case-managed support over an extended period of time.


Our History

A pillar of strength in our community since 1894.

For more than 130 years, the YWCA has been an integral part of the greater Harrisburg community. In 1894, during the Industrial Revolution, a group of women came together out of concern for girls who were flocking to the city to find jobs. These community leaders wanted to ensure young women had safe, clean, decent conditions under which to live and work and access to activities and education that would help them better their lives.

Throughout its history, as the needs of women and their role in our community changed, so did the YWCA, by providing cutting edge programs and services enriching the lives of women, families and our community.

Leadership Team

Mary Quinn

President and CEO

Adam Santanna

Chief Financial Officer

Rhonda Hendrickson

Chief Operations Officer

Joann Romain

Chief Program Officer

Department Directors

Christina Free

Director, Housing & Homelessness

Renee Kolacek

Director, Human Resources

Marlai Paxton

Director, Economic and Neighborhood Development

William Reed

Director, Veterans Services

Jennifer Sands

Director, Communications & Events

Yohamma Seranno

Director, Child Development Services