Signature Events

These events help us take steps necessary to achieving our mission.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®

An event held in April by the YWCA Bradford’s Victims’ Resource Center, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® is a men’s march against rape, sexual assault and gender violence.

The next Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® event will be April 21st, 2016

Leader Luncheon

An event in which the YWCA Bradford celebrates extraordinary community women. We honor women who foster growth and development through service, leadership and dedication.

What’s Happening Now at the YW

Scroll down for a brief update on the YWCA Bradford!


What’s Happening Now at the YW

In 2015, the YWCA celebrated its 100th Anniversary.  Over the course of the year, we celebrated in high style!  Our signature events, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes and Leader Luncheon, saw success above and beyond what we expected.  And what an afternoon we had at our Tea Party and Period Fashion Show….we’re still hearing from people about how wonderful it was!  In August we celebrated with delicious cupcakes and a cake made by Julie Barrett.  October brought our finale, our celebratory Birthday Fall Fest (Boo Bash).  Members of the community brought their families and joined in the festivities with us.  There was a pie-baking contest, an Halloween contest, games for all ages, and yummy treats!

Everyday we continue to provide quality services to those in need. Our staff and volunteers do amazing things everyday.  They help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault find safety and a sense of worth.  They educate those with mental illness and/or an intellectual disability and empower them find independence.  They feed the hungry, house the homeless and provide a needed connection to many of our homebound neighbors.  It has been said before but it bears repeating… our staff and volunteers are our greatest asset!  You can learn more about our staff  by clicking here.

What’s coming up for the YWCA in 2016?  Many great things, friends!  Stay tuned for more information!


View the flyer for Girl’s Night Out on St. Patrick’s Day!

YWCA Story

1915 Through Today

1915: YWCA got its start when Marie Brake, a traveler with the group Biederwold Evangelical Party, roared into town and fired up area women to come together.  She organized the Young Women’s Christian League, and “invited all interested women to live together with a common goal of the mental, physical and spiritual welfare of girls and women, whose desire it is to help, unselfishly and intelligently, all girls and women in the community”.

1915: The League rented a house on 36 Boylston Street, which was eventually donated to the League in 1924.  Activities included dressmaking, china painting, Bible study, cooking, first aid, home nursing and dramatics.  The intent of the home was to provide young working women with a place to go to connect with other women and to rest and relax.  A “house mother” was employed.

1916: Miss Lois G. Scott is employed as the first “General Secretary”

1920-1930: Grace Emery becomes heavily involved in the League/Association, both in a leadership capacity and a philanthropic capacity.  Ms. Emery was one of the YWCA’s first Presidents.  The Strawberry Festival begins.

April 28, 1924: The League receives its charter to become the Young Women’s Christian Association.  Some of the first charter members were Grace Emery, Sarah Hamsher, Helen Schonblom, Ethel Andrus, Genevieve Curtis, Ida Sloan, Janet Brooks, Maude Moore and several others.

May 1924: The YWCA rents the second floor above the South Penn Oil company’s garage to headquarter its offices and activities until April 1, 1945.  The home at 36 Boylston Street was retained as a dormitory

1930: The YWCA purchases property at 34 Boylston Street

1940: The YWCA acquires property at 38 Boylston Street

1945-1947: A fund drive raises $213,000 to erect a new building to provide more space for growing activities.  However, due to rising construction costs and area floods, the funds were used to purchase the Webb property, located at 24 W. Corydon Street, the YWCA’s current location.  The other properties were sold.

October 21, 1948: Groundbreaking on the new property began to connect the original home with the stables, with the cornerstone being laid on December 12, 1948.

November 14, 1949: Dedication Ceremony and official opening of the new space on Corydon Street was held.  Numerous clubs move into the new building, including the Business and Professional Women’s Club, the Triangle Club, Judy Club, Married Mixers, Mothers’ Club, Teen Age Club and YW Wives.

1950’s: Classes continue to be held, including bridge, painting, health, crafts, child care, Bible study, sewing and others.  Fundraising is ongoing, including rummage sales, card parties, an antique show and a “Tour of Homes” in 1955, and of course the Strawberry Festival is ongoing.

April 1979: A Capital Campaign to raise funds for renovations is undertaken.  Programs at the time included a residence for single women, shelter and counseling, the ENCORE program for post-mastectomy women, Headstart, gymnastics, several clubs and educational programs.

1985: The YWCA begins to focus more on needed services and less on clubs and social activities.  A formal child care program is instituted.  The transition from a social organization to a services organization begins.

1987: The YWCA purchases property and begins renovations to help women who need somewhere to stay due to a loss of a spouse, loss of income or other situations.

Current: The YWCA continues to provide vital resources to our community, including services for victims of domestic and sexual abuse, assistance to those with a mental illness or intellectual disability, shelter for the homeless, Meals on Wheels and a food pantry. Everyday, we live our mission: eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

YWCA Bradford Services

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

  • Housing & Employment Services

    This program provides a number of services to homeless and near homeless individuals.

  • Victims’ Resource Center

    This program provides comprehensive services to domestic violence and sexual abuse victims.

  • Mental Health, Intellectual Disabilities Program

    This program provides supported living services to individuals with mental health needs through medication monitoring and in-home assistance.

  • Meals on Wheels

    This program provides hot, nutritious meals to homebound seniors and other individuals meeting program criteria.

  • Food Pantry

    The YWCA Food Pantry provides food to supplement the food budgets of people in our community.