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The Phillis Wheatley YWCA was founded, becoming the first YWCA in South Hampton Roads.

The Girls Home of Norfolk received its national charter and became the Central YWCA.

The first interracial conference was held by the YWCA USA. In 1925 the Phillis Wheatley YWCA and Central YWCA began collaborating in our local area.

The Central YWCA moved to 300 Freemason Street in downtown Norfolk.

The YWCA South Hampton Roads was formed, merging the Central YWCA and the Phillis Wheatley YWCA.

The Response Sexual Assault Support Services organization was established and provided support, counseling, and advocacy to victims of sexual assault in South Hampton Roads. Response officially merged with YWCA South Hampton Roads in 2000.

The Women In Crisis emergency shelter opened for victims of domestic violence and their children.

The YWCA Kids Before and After School Childcare program was established to prevent “latch-key kid” situations.

In response to the beating of Rodney King, the YWCA National Day of Commitment to Eliminating Racism, now known as Stand Against Racism Day began.

The first Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon was held.

The YWCA South Hampton Roads moved to 5215 Colley Avenue.

Centennial Circle was established to commemorate 100 years of service by YWCA South Hampton Roads. 100 women raised $100,000, providing critical resources for improvements to our emergency shelter and support for operating expenses. The circle grows beyond 100 women today.

To meet the needs of the community, we expanded beyond the traditional services we had always offered to sexual assault and domestic violence survivors, and out of Response grew the YWCA Counseling Center. The Counseling Center was established to serve the mental health needs of the community as a whole by accepting insurance and offering an affordable flat fee.

The CDF Freedom Schools of Norfolk program was launched in partnership with Union United Church of Christ and the Children’s Defense Fund. The program allows youth to improve literacy while connecting their culture, cultivating self-esteem and bridging the gap between the needs of families and local resources.

The Rapid Re-Housing program was implemented to extend our continuum of housing services and move households from emergency shelter into permanent housing within 30 days.

The YWCA South Hampton Roads leveraged its first AmeriCorps grant to provide remediation and tutoring to 3rd-5th grade program participants, helping them advance in math and reading through the creation and implementation of service-learning projects.

We established a partnership with Tidewater Community College to operate four new child development centers in Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach and Chesapeake that prepare children for school. The first center opened in January 2014.

The YWCA South Hampton Roads moved to 500 E. Plume Street, Ste. 700, Norfolk, VA 23510.