YWCA La Crosse History

In 1906, before the nation saw them as equals, Coulee Region women and men united to take action to help their most vulnerable neighbors and voted to found YWCA La Crosse. For decades, YWCA La Crosse provided programs to inspire girls to grow into leaders of tomorrow, advocate for women and vulnerable populations, and empower women to work toward self-sufficiency.

Over 110 years later, YWCA La Crosse continues its mission of eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. Its mission is accomplished through the impactful programs of our four Pillars of Hope: Supportive Housing, Economic Empowerment, Mentoring and Advocacy, and Racial and Social Justice.