24-Hour Domestic Abuse Hotline: 208.343.7025


24-Hour Sexual Assault Hotline: 208.345.7273 (RAPE)

CEO Update 2.26.2021

24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 208.343.7025 24-hour Rape Crisis Hotline: 208.345.7273 (RAPE)

A Page Right Out of Our Own History

As Black History Month comes to a close, I wanted to share a little about the YWCA’s role in working toward eliminating racism across the USA and right here in Boise. Our organization was at the forefront of this work in the early 1970s resulting in significant program changes.

The only three-generation group of YWCA members in 1968 included Miss Cherie Buckner-Webb, an active Y-Teen; her grandmother, Mrs. Claude Buckner, member of the Board and the World Fellowship and the Interracial Committees; and Cherie’s mother, Mrs. A.E. Buckner, active in the Public Affairs Committee and the Interracial Friendship Club. (Photo courtesy of Cherie Buckner-Webb and the Idaho Statesman) Photo caption from WCA’s History Book, published in 2010 in celebration of the organization’s 100th Anniversary (page 84).

Programs designed to eliminate racism became part of the YWCA’s offerings, along with other very popular classes like physical fitness, smoking cessation, weight loss, and one of the first licensed daycares in Boise available to community members on a drop-in-basis for free. While programs offered by the WCA have changed in the ensuing 50 years, we know that our outreach to underserved populations is just as important as ever.These remarkable Black women engaged with the work of the YWCA during the 1970s and the youngest one—Cherie Buckner-Webb—is still involved, following in her mom’s and grandmother’s footsteps. (By the way, our History Book is for sale and includes a lot of great photos as well as documenting the first 100 years of the YWCA, now WCA)

Thank you for your ongoing support of our vision of a community where individuals thrive in safe, healthy relationships. Through the years, we have helped many individuals, in many capacities… but there is still much work to be done.

I am grateful for each and every one of you being committed to our mission of safety, healing, and freedom from domestic abuse and sexual assault. Home is not safe for all—but it should be.

With gratitude,


Aug 25


WCA Mission Tour

Join us for a 35 minute virtual tour to learn about our mission of safety, healing and freedom through the stories of clients and the impact of our services. The WCA Mission Tour aims to inspire and educate about the complexities and realities of domestic abuse and sexual assault, both here in the Treasure Valley […]

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Oct 02


SueB 5k 10k 2022

On October 2, 2022, we celebrate the 13th annual SueB 5k 10k at noon After two years of racing virtually, we invite you to join us IN PERSON to raise awareness about domestic abuse, while memorializing the life of an individual who has brought so many people together. The SueB 5k 10k provides a space […]

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Oct 12


Witches Night Out at the Village

Mark your calendars for Witches Night Out on October 12, 2022 from 5 – 9 p.m. Wednesday, October 12 we will be celebrating Witches Night Out at The Village at Meridian, hosted by Meridian’s Centercal Properties and its marvelous merchants. Several sponsors help make the evening a resounding success, raising funds for the WCA’ clients’ […]

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Oct 28


Healing Begins with Hope

WCA Healing Begins with Hope Virtual Outreach and Fundraising Event When: October 28, 2022 As the WCA celebrates 112 years of changing lives, we would like to invite our community to mark their calendars and save the date! The event will be an opportunity to learn more about the WCA’s mission of safety, healing and […]

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