COVID-19: Caring for our community

News & Events at the YWCA

To our community and our program participants:

Your safety, and the safety of our program participants and staff, is our highest priority. Please continue to take care of yourself, and thank you for isolating for the good of our community.

YWCA Walla Walla leadership continues to respond to the COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus) pandemic with measures designed to both address the safety of our program participants and our staff, and to continue to provide the essential services for which our community depends upon YWCA.

*At this time, we intend to run all programs and functions as normal, particularly the domestic violence shelter, an essential service, with the following exceptions:

Meetings and Meeting Spaces

Support Group Sessions and LINC classes: We will not be holding in-person support groups due to the risk of transmitting this virus within a group. We are working to offer these services through conference calls facilitated by each group’s regular YWCA staff member. Advocates will provide group members with more information.

My Friends’ House remains open:  For the present time, we are operating My Friends’ House childcare. We know how important this is to your family. However, if you have a child in our program, and your child – or parents or other family members – are sick, please do not bring them. If you do, we will have to ask you to take them home. Tabitha Haney will be in contact with families.

Adventure Club: We may operate a full-day option for school-age kids, depending upon the needs of our families. Call the office at 509-525-7034 for the latest information or to express your care needs. We are also waiting to hear if any additional business closures are mandated. (updated 3-18-20)

Large gatherings canceled: In keeping with the statewide ban on gatherings of more than 50 people, the YWCA Leadership Luncheon has been rescheduled to Wednesday, Nov. 4. The Believe event is less than six months away, and we don’t yet know if it may be affected. (updated 3-18-20)

Stand Against Racism events between April 23 and 26, including guest speaker Timothy Golden’s presentation, will be held at a later date.

Community rental of YWCA facilities: We will not be renting out any of our spaces for external groups or for staff use.

Visiting YWCA office

Our office hours: The office will be open during this time from 9-6 M-Th and 8:30-5:30 Fridays.

Donations: Due to potential staffing issues and the possibility of infection, we have decided to take a break from receiving clothing donations. Thank you for continuing to think of us during this time.

Appointments: Some staff may be working from home. If you have an appointment with a staff member, please confirm that the person will be in the office. If you do not know their number, please call our office at 509-525-2570.

If you are sick: Please do not come to our offices if you or anyone in your family or friend circles are already sick or are showing flu-like symptoms. If you need assistance, please call our office at 509-525-2570 and you will be directed to someone who can address your concerns.

In case of crisis: Our 24/7 Crisis Line continues to be available. To talk to an advocate, please call 509-529-9922.  

 *Subject to change as we receive further directives.