YWCA of Tulsa
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FAQ

What does the YWCA do?

YWCA Tulsa is part of a national network of YWCAs that offer a great variety of programs (depending on the community's needs), unites a common mission to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The YWCA Tulsa improves the lives of Tulsans of every age and background through four program areas: Health & Wellness and  Immigrant & Refugee Programs, and two hallmark initiatives: Eliminating Racism and Empowering Women.

Where is the YWCA located?

We operate three main facilities through Tulsa, including locations in East TulsaDowntown, and Midtown. We also offer programming in a number of area public schools through our community programming.

Is the YWCA part of the YMCA?

Actually, no. Though both organizations began in London with similar missions, the YWCA is in no way affiliated with the YMCA. The YWCA is a stand-alone organization dedicated to the elimination of racism and the empowerment of women.

Are men allowed to be YWCA members?

Yes! Men can join and receive all the same services that come with annual membership (although there may be an occasional program or workshop that is gender-specific). We include men in staff positions, on our Board, and many programs, and we recognize the vital role men play in the elimination of racism and the empowerment of women.

What is the difference between the annual dues and the monthly fees?

Annual dues, which grant women voting membership of YWCA Tulsa, help support the local and national mission and goals of the YWCA. Annual membership dues alone are not a fee for service. Annual membership dues are transferable, but not refundable. Monthly fees, on the other hand, are for specific services like affordable childcare, fitness and support services offered through the YWCA Tulsa.

What are your fitness rates? When are you open?

That depends on the membership type and location. Check out our Health & Wellness locations page to view more information about rates and hours.

Do you provide housing?

While we do not provide temporary shelter for women, we have a database of area shelters that may be of help. Please call our Information Referral Line at (918) 588-9393 for details.

Do you provide legal services?

Yes, we have an immigration attorney on staff at our East Center to assist with immigration case work. Please see our Immigration Legal Services page page for more information.

Do you work with domestic violence victims or perpetrators?

In an effort not to duplicate services, YWCA Tulsa does not offer domestic violence services — but we do provide referrals to DVIS/Call Rape for current issues of domestic violence. The Women's Resource Center at our Downtown Center provides sliding-scale mental health counseling for ongoing issues associated with domestic violence.

Do you help people financially?

Not directly. We can, however, provide referrals to area non-profit agencies that will assist with financial help for utility bills, medicine, food, clothes, etc. Please call our Information Referral Line at (918) 588-9393 for details.

Can you help me with grants to start my own business?

We currently do not provide these services. However, there are area organizations that provide expertise in that area, and we will be glad to help you find these services. Please call our Information Referral Line at (918) 588-9393 for details.

Do you provide scholarships for college?

No. There are many national, state and local area scholarship assistance programs. We are happy to help in finding those resources. Please call our Information Referral Line at (918) 588-9393 for details.