For more information about volunteering, please contact Malissa Pilette-McClenon, Director of Development and Marketing at (518) 274-7100 or by email at malissap@ywca-gcr.org.

Weekly Community Meal

The YWCA-GCR Community Meal is served every Thursday evening from 6:00 p.m.- 7:00pm. YWCA-GCR residents as well as members of the community are welcome to join us each week for a free nutrition cooked meal. Meals are prepared by a variety of volunteers including but not limited to YWCA-GCR staff, residents, community members and students. Residents are encouraged to participate in preparation of the meals and will be assisted by staff in menu planning, shopping and time management. We serve between 75 - 125 people per week. The YWCA-GCR also partners with community organizations to set up booths at weekly Community Meal to advertise, promote, and engage guests in services.

Residents and community members can call the YWCA-GCR at (518) 274-7100 to find out Thursday's menu. For more information on volunteering to cook or serve, please contact Bonnie Benson at (518) 274-7100 or by email bonnieb@ywca-gcr.org.

My Sister's Closet

My Sister's Closet provides free gently worn professional and casual clothing for YWCA-GCR residents and women in the community. Everyone is welcome to visit My Sister's Closet and no referral is needed.  We also provide some infant and children’s clothing. We are currently accepting donations of both business casual and professional clothing for women and children. If possible, but not required: we prefer that professional clothing be on hangers. Click here to read our full donation policies and procedures.

To schedule an appointment, or to make a donation, please contact Jackie Weaver, Housing and Supportive Services Administrator, at (518) 274-7100 or email jackiew@ywca-gcr.org.

Sally Catlin Resource Center (SCRC)

The SCRC is open during regular business hours and some evening hours, to our residents as well as members of the community, including men. There are 4 computers that may be utilized for everything from goals orientated to recreational such as job and apartment searching to sending and receiving e-mail, checking Facebook as means of staying in contact with family and friends. There is a lounge area where residents may sit with visitors. There is also a variety of local resources that are displayed on the bulletin board, in our cardholder and in files as well. We strive to be able to provide connection to any resources in the community that a resident or guest would need. Volunteer to "host" the SCRC to assist users with questions, signing in and out and keeping the area clean and quiet. 

For more information, call (518) 274-7100 or email info@ywca-gcr.org.


Stand Against Racism - Women of Color Leading Change Allies Expo and A Special Keynote: How Women of Color Are Breaking Barriers To Lead Change

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 8:30 -- 11:30 a.m. - YWCA-GCR, 21 First Street, Troy

This year’s SAR focus is Women (includes transgender women) of Color Leading Change! To honor Women of Color leaders, we will be hosting: a Women of Color Leading Change and Allies Expo followed by a Special Keynote: How Women of Color Are Breaking Barriers To Lead Change, Sharon Cates-Williams, Deputy Commissioner Performance Improvement and Management Services at New York State Education New York State Education Baruch College, a Woman of Color Leading Change.

The schedule of the day’s event

- 8:30 - 9:00 a.m. – Registration - Breakfast specialties and beverages will be served.

- 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. - Networking and connecting with Women of Color Leading Change and Allies Expo vendors

- 10:00 a.m. - Keynote Speaker, Sharon Cates-Williams

“By 2050, Women of Color will constitute 53 percent of U.S. women, yet they continue to be marginalized economically, politically, and socially, it is clearer than ever that our mission can be fulfilled only by working strategically and vigorously to eliminate racism and empower women. If we are to fully embody a mission that compels us to thrust our collective power toward the elimination of racism, then we must build a sustainable and strategic infrastructure purposed to dismantle the institutional and structural forms of racism that continue to affect our lives, loved ones, and communities.” YWCA USA.

For more information, please contact Malissa Pilette-McClenon, Director of Development and Marketing, at (518) 274-7100 or malissap@ywca-gcr.org.


4th Annual Victorian Tea in Troy

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 1:00 -- 3:00 p.m. - Bush Memorial Hall, Russell Sage Campus, Troy

We are honored to announce Alane Hohenberg will serve as our Honorary Chair for the event. The Victorian Tea in Troy will be a delightful, fun-filled day for the whole family, featuring:

- A presentation of Victorian Dance featuring the students of Albany Academy for Girls Dance Workshop.

- A plated English style tea lunch with all of the fixings: tea sandwiches, scones, and desserts.

- A historical trolley tour of downtown Troy with a guide from the Rensselaer County Historical Society.

- Wear a fun and lively hat to compete in our hat fashion show contest. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes will be awarded courtesy of Truly Rhe.

Children will enjoy their own special menu and an arts and crafts corner– a perfect day for the whole family.

- Plus, a chance to win an amazing prize(s) in our raffle contest: featuring luxury gift baskets for all tastes and pleasures, restaurant and shop gift certificates, entertainment tickets, and much, much, more. Tickets: 5 for $10.00, 10 for $20.00, or 20 for $30.00. Do not need to be present to win. To purchase, contact Malissa Pilette-McClenon at (518) 274-7100, or malissap@ywca-gcr.org, or purchase online. Check out our Amazing Raffle Items and new this year - Silent Auction Items.

Sponsors for the event include: The Sage Colleges, Groff Networks, LLC, Stewart's Shops, Times Union, Dwight Plumbing & Heating, Jaeger & Flynn Associates, Tri-City Rentals, MVP Health Care, Ambient Environmental, Inc., Duncan & Cahill, Inc., E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy, LLC, Fagan Associates, Oak Ridge Wealth Strategies at Halliday Financial, Lane Press, Lori Schindler Realty, Mosaic Associates Architects, Nicoll & MacChesney Insurance, Realty USA, Sodexo and SABIC Innovative Plastics.

Adult tickets are $60.00, Junior tickets (under 40) are $50.00 and children’s tickets (under 10) are $30.00. For more information; contact Malissa Pilette-McClenon at (518) 274-7100, or malissap@ywca-gcr.org, or purchase online.


For more information, please contact Malissa Pilette-McClenon, Director of Development and Marketing, at (518) 274-7100 or malissap@ywca-gcr.org.