The YWCA of Greater Portland provides life-changing services for women, children, and families, helping them attain safety, opportunity and independence.
YWCA Counseling Center offers individual, couple and group counseling on a sliding scale fee based on the ability to pay.
The Center offers general mental health counseling but provides groups for Women Survivors of Child Abuse, Trans-Gender Support, Women’s Sexual Minority Support, and Women’s Anger Management.
Domestic Violence Services:
The YWCA’s Domestic Violence program supports survivors of domestic violence to achieve personal safety, self-sufficiency, and a renewed sense of hope through our services at The Gateway Center, Home Forward, and the Yolanda House.
The Gateway Center
The Gateway Center is the City of Portland’s walk-in center for survivors of domestic violence and their children.
The YWCA has a Navigator and Emergency Advocate co-located at the Gateway Center. The primary role of these staff are to support survivors to retain their housing, or secure alternative emergency housing; facilitate access to emergency clothing, food, and personal care supplies; and provide transition, life skills, and on going support to survivors.
As the largest provider of affordable housing in Oregon, Home Forward offers a variety of housing options to low-income individuals and families. Home Forward has a special responsibility to those who encounter barriers to housing because of income, disability, or special need.
The Yolanda Project
The Yolanda Project is a unique, ongoing program that diverts pressure on our region’s emergency shelter system by working with survivors of domestic violence at risk of becoming homeless to skip a stay in an emergency shelter and obtain safe, stable housing for themselves and their families.