July 2019


Contact: YWCA of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County

Christy Respess, President and CEO

christyr@ywcaws.org; (336) 721-5138, ext. 239

Contact: Elevation Church

Greg Basch, Winston-Salem Campus Pastor


YWCA Announces Partnership with Elevation Church 

Elevation Church purchases Gateway building; YWCA to expand fitness programs as long-term tenant.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., July 15, 2019 — The YWCA of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County and Elevation Church announced today that the Church has purchased the Gateway building located at 1300 S. Main St. The purchase will allow the YWCA to expand its membership program and medical partnerships as a long-term tenant in the building, and Elevation Church will secure a permanent home for its Winston-Salem location.

“We have enjoyed an incredible relationship with the YWCA since we launched our Winston-Salem church here in 2017,” said Greg Basch, the Campus Pastor of Elevation Winston-Salem. “We’re looking forward to establishing a permanent presence from which we can continue to reach and serve more people in Winston.”

“The YWCA Board’s decision to sell the building enables the organization to focus strategically on its mission programs and services rather than operating a building that is larger than it needs and a major drain on its resources,” said Michelle Cook, president of the YWCA Board of Directors.

“In the space we rent from Elevation Church, we will offer a more robust fitness program for our members and continue the Gateway to Success Program, a highly successful collaboration with Novant Health and Wake Forest Baptist Health,” said Christy Respess, president and CEO of the YWCA. “The program provides low-resourced participants with diabetes with access to a fitness program, dietitian, behavioral health specialist, wellness coach and nutritional education – all in one location.”

The YWCA will continue to operate its other facilities. The Best Choice Center, on Highland Avenue, provides academic afterschool and summer camp programs for kindergarten through eighth grade students from low-moderate resourced families. Two programs offered in collaboration with the N.C. Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, Teen Court and Work & Earn It, also have offices at the Best Choice Center.

The YWCA’s Hawley House, on West Street, is the only state licensed residential recovery facility in Forsyth County for women diagnosed with Substance Use Disorder.

“The mission of the YWCA is an important one for this community, and we’re excited that this new arrangement will enable them to continue and grow the work they’ve done since 1908,” says Basch.

Elevation Church, which has staged the Gateway building each week for services, will renovate the building to provide permanent spaces for worship and childrens’ ministries and an expanded fitness area for the YWCA.

As renovations begin this summer, the Gateway Center will remain open with its regular hours, and Elevation Church will continue to host services on Sundays. Renovations are expected to be completed by summer 2020.

“We are grateful to Elevation Church for its continuing partnership and delighted that our diverse membership will benefit from the changes,” Ms. Respess said.

About Elevation Church -Elevation Church Winston-Salem is a part of Elevation Church, a global multi-site ministry based in Charlotte, NC, led by Pastor Steven Furtick. The Winston-Salem location was launched in April 2017 and has experienced continuous growth since then. The mission of Elevation Church is “So that people far from God will be raised to life in Christ.” Elevation Winston-Salem gathers for worship at 9AM and 11AM every Sunday morning at the YWCA Sports and Wellness Center (1300 S Main Street). For more information, visit www.elevationchurch.org

About the YWCA -Serving the Winston-Salem community since 1908, the YWCA of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County is affiliated with the national YWCA whose mission is “eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.”

Locally, the YWCA supports this mission through “Change for Life”programs that:

  • Empower low income and at-risk children through academic success
  • Empower women diagnosed with Substance Use Disorder to recover
  • Empower YWCA members to live healthy lives, with special emphasis on chronic disease prevention and management.

For more information, visit www.ywcaws.org.


Gateway YWCA