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When a pandemic like COVID-19 (Coronavirus) strikes, shelters can be affected. Because the YWCA of Van Wert County provides 24-hour residential services, it is necessary for our services to be continuous, even in the face of a health crisis. The YWCA will continue to provide services to its current residents and remain open to individuals needing our domestic violence, human trafficking and sexual assault services. For more information about the services we provide, please visit our website:

The YWCA of Van Wert County is adapting our protocols, policies and procedures to be in line with the recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health as we continue to strive to keep our clients and staff safe which we believe will in turn keep our community safe.

Current safety protocols in place:
*instituting a 14 day self-quarantine policy for all employees or residents who recently traveled.
*taking temperature of all staff at the beginning of each shift
*limiting non-essential people into the YWCA building and limiting contact with residents and staff
*encouraging residents to practice social distancing with each other and staff and utilize stay at home practices to reduce exposure.
*all staff practicing social distancing
*encouraging residents to limit or eliminate time in shared spaces
*frequent sanitation of the YWCA facility

To protect our clients and staff in the event that a resident must be quarantined or begins exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, a protocol has been put into place in cooperation with Van Wert County General Health District.

It is during times like these that we are proud to be working to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. We are thankful to be a part of a community which supports our mission and we hope everyone continues to practice the protocols set forth by Governor Dewine and Dr Acton.


YWCA of Van Wert: This is our “Herstory”

The “W” makes all the difference…

Established in 1914, the YWCA of Van Wert County was designed as a residency for young women leaving the farm to attend school or seek employment with the main goal of providing housing and social engagement.

The building where we are currently housed at 408 E. Main Street is the original YWCA structure that opened in 1916 and was made possible through the philanthropy of George Marsh, founder of the YWCA , the Marsh Hotel, Marsh Foundation and Van Wert County Hospital.

 For over 100 years, the YWCA of Van Wert County has provided the community with programs that impact women, youth and families. Our mission and our programs have evolved with the changing needs of our community  … we are proud of our past and excited for our future!

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The YWCA Team

The YWCA of Van Wert County boasts a team of individuals that is committed to the mission of the organization in everything they do whether it is through community events or their work within the walls of the YWCA. At all levels and in all departments, their work is a shining example of what can be accomplished with open hearts and minds.

Click below to meet our team members.