Last Update: April 1, 2020, at 9:29am
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago is closely monitoring developments with COVID-19 and following the recommendations of public health experts. Click here to read the latest news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Click here to read the latest updates from the City of Chicago. The health and safety of our clients, staff, vendors, and volunteers is our primary concern, and as a result, we are limiting access to our YWCA locations, suspending some programs and services, and making adjustments to the delivery of other services.
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YWCA Programs and Services
These arrangements will be effective through at least April 30, 2020. We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust accordingly. Please continue to follow us here and on social media for updates on programs, services, and upcoming events as plans are subject to change.
Remote Programs and Services
Wherever possible, we are transitioning the following to remote options (e.g. teleconference or virtual visits):
- Counseling (General and Sexual Violence Support Services)
- Home Visiting (Project HELP, Young Parents Program, etc.)
- Rape Crisis Hotlines (will operate 24/7 as normal)
- Small Business Development Center (virtual advisory services)
These services will be provided on a case-by-case basis and depend on federal/state policies. Staff will contact you directly for any cancellations.
- Emergency Child Care (if you’re an essential worker in need of child care, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our hotline at 800-781-7247)
- Medical & Legal Advocacy (restricted to police stations and courts)
- Training/Workshops (TechGYRLS, Digital Literacy, Childcare Provider Training)
NO ACCESS – Please refrain from going to these YWCA sites.
Program staff will be available remotely to continue providing services, so please look out for emails/phone calls with more details. You can also continue sending your inquiries through our online contact form to have the message forwarded to the right team.
- Bronzeville (Partners In Community Building)
- Chicago Housing Authority Sites (FamilyWorks)
- Englewood Satellite Office
- North Lawndale (Julian Grace Innovation & Technology Institute)
- Logan Square (Cynthia B. Lafuente Center)
- Chicago Loop Administrative Office (Metro)
- Naperville (Project HELP)
- Woodlawn (Laura Parks & Mildred Francis Center)
- Chicago Heights (South Suburban Center)
LIMITED ACCESS – Limited hours will be maintained with reduced staffing.
Please look out for emails/phone calls with more details. You can also continue sending your inquiries through our online contact form to have the message forwarded to the right team.
- Illinois Medical District
- Addison, Illinois (Patterson & McDaniel Family Center)
- Uptown (StreetWise)
Following the CDC’s guidance, all YWCA events being planned for more than 10 people are either being canceled, postponed or moved to a virtual experience. Please visit www.ywcachicago.org/events for specific event information. If you have any other questions/concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out at email@example.com or by participating in our next online Town Hall on Facebook. Click here to watch the last one.
These are challenging times for social impact organizations that are focused on supporting our communities while also keeping our staff and clients safe. Event cancellations and grant funding reductions may have significant implications for our operations and sustainability. We’re also looking at how we can supplement the resources available to the public as families struggle with housing, food, utilities, child care, and income reductions. If you feel compelled to help support the organization during this crisis, please consider making a tax-deductible donation. Any amount helps us as we make contingency plans for the near future!
Thank you for your support and patience as we navigate this ever-changing situation, together!