A Safe Women’s Shelter
YWCA Kalamazoo provides free, safe shelter for up to five weeks for victims of domestic violence (intimate partner violence) and their dependent children. Any survivors of domestic violence who identify as women are eligible to stay on-site at our Emergency Shelter. Food, personal needs items, clothing, and emergency transportation are provided to Emergency Shelter residents. Emergency Shelter Residents can enroll in programs offered by YWCA Kalamazoo, such as: free counseling, support groups, legal aid, court accompaniment, community advocacy, parenting classes etc.
Please call our crisis line at (269) 385-3587 for immediate assistance.
Transitional and permanent housing
We provide safe units throughout the city that help survivors move forward from their trauma by providing stable housing and encourage plans that help to establish and build credit, start savings plans, and form achievable goals. A small amount of rent is collected from these clients. During this 2-year program and at the end of their stay they receive the rent payments back. Some clients have used these funds to put a down payment on a house or to purchase a car.