Serving the Winston-Salem community for over 100 years, 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.” Our local YWCA was founded in 1908 by church women in the community to assist girls coming into the city to work for Reynolds Tobacco Company and Hanes Knitting Company.


The YWCA continues it’s commitment to eliminating racism and empowering women by continuing to fund programs right here in our community. We offer programs that empower low income and at-risk children, empower women to live successful lives as they recover from substance abuse, & empower YWCA members to live healthy lives. These programs include: After-School & Summer Camp at our Best Choice Center, Youth Intervention Services such as Teen Court & Work & Earn It, Residential substance abuse program at the Hawley House, Project New Start (a program for incarcerated and post-release women), a Preventive Health & Diabetes Wellness Program, Aquatics Center and the YWCA Wellness & Fitness Center.

We currently server over xx families per year.

Gateway YWCA