Mission and History

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Mission

YWCA Tulsa is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, freedom, dignity and justice for all. We focus on eliminating barriers for and investing in the success of women, girls and people of color.

History

Since its founding in 1914, YWCA Tulsa has continually adapted to the challenges of an evolving society and continued to serve the needs of women, their families and the community of Tulsa. In its earliest years, YWCA Tulsa offered inexpensive meals, lodging and occupational training to young women working to better their lives in a vibrant, growing city. In 1921, YWCA Tulsa opened a center in north Tulsa to provide housing, food and job training for young African American women left homeless by the Race Massacre. In the 1930s, we helped hundreds of women and their families survive the ravages of the Great Depression. In more recent years, the YWCA has guided women through times of crisis, helped newcomers to America find their way in a bewildering new culture, and provided a variety of opportunities to help the young, the old and the physically disadvantaged reach their full potential.

Today, the YWCA focuses on services for the immigrants and refugees in our community, as well as on providing services through our two community centers. This year, YWCA Tulsa will serve more than 13,000 Tulsans through services provided through our community centers.

YWCA Tulsa is a proud member association of YWCA USA. Read the history of our national movement.