History

Over 125 Years of Service

YWCA Of Binghamton and Broome Country is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

YWCA OF BINGHAMTON AND BROOME COUNTY is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities.

125 Years

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1892

The first meeting for the YWCA is held in Binghamton. Young women were coming into the city to work in the factories, and citizens were alarmed that there were no safe places for them to live. Three town hall meetings were held over a few months.

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1919

The Binghamton YWCA begins to convert the Victorian Hotel into facilities for the organization.

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1923

YWCA begins to offer classes to women with a focus on physical fitness. The Binghamton YWCA builds the first integrated swimming pool in the area which starts a new era of young children learning to swim.

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1946

The YWCA becomes the first national organization to adopt an interracial charter.

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1970

The Binghamton/Broome County YWCA helped over 150 young women entering the workforce through the new Federal Training Program called the Job Corps. Over the next few years the Interfaith Shelter and other shelters were opened as well.

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1983

The Binghamton YWCA opens the Center for Women Alcoholics and Clear Vision, a halfway house for recovering alcoholic women. This program was expanded to include women recovering from any substance abuse.

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1992

YWCA of Binghamton/Broome County celebrates its centennial, one hundred years dedicated to service. The ENCOREplus program started as a support for women with breast cancer.

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2000

Carole Coppens, current Executive Director, was hired.

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2008

A dramatic, two year, tenants-in-place gut renovation was completed that created 54 efficiency apartments for women and children and new, expanded early childhood classrooms.

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2011

Flood, the YWCA was evacuated for several days and luckily only had to replace the boilers and one water heater from damage.

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2015

Final Façade project was completed.

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2019

  • Fall 2019, the YWCA began its first offsite Rapid Rehousing program with funds from Office of Temporary Disability and Assistance (OTDA). RRH is a permanent housing program that combines supportive services, rental and financial assistance to homeless individuals and families for 12 months to ensure they remain stably housed while increasing their income and learning skills that will lead to an overall healthier lifestyle.
  • First supportive housing program located off-site. 25 units of permanent supportive housing located outside in the community.
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2021

Fall 2021: Future off-site housing expansion 15 units for very low-income families with mental health issues in Endicott

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