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History-Timeline

1899
The Phillis Wheatley YWCA was founded, becoming the first YWCA in South Hampton Roads.

1911
The Girls Home of Norfolk received its national charter and became the Central YWCA.

1915
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.

1919
The Central YWCA moved to 300 Freemason Street in downtown Norfolk.

1972
The YWCA South Hampton Roads was formed, merging the Central YWCA and the Phillis Wheatley YWCA.

1974
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.

1979
The Women In Crisis emergency shelter opened for victims of domestic violence and their children.

1986
The YWCA Kids Before and After School Childcare program was established to prevent “latch-key kid” situations.

1992
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.

1989
The first Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon was held.

2002
The YWCA South Hampton Roads moved to 5215 Colley Avenue.

2011
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.

2011
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.

2012
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.

2012
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.

2013
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.

2013
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.

2016
The YWCA South Hampton Roads moved to 500 E. Plume Street, Ste. 700, Norfolk, VA 23510.