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.


17th Annual Resourceful Women's Luncheon

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 11:30 a.m. -- 1:30 p.m. - Hilton Garden Inn, Troy

On Tuesday, October 11, 2016, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc. will proudly host its 17th Annual Resourceful Women's Luncheon, at the Hilton Garden Inn-Troy. Last year's event was our biggest and most successful event ever! More than 425 people joined us in honoring Benita Zahn, DPS, of NewsChannel13 as the 2015 Resourceful Woman of the Year along with 20 other amazing women who strive to empower and make positive changes in the lives of others in their workplace and communities. Last year's event raised nearly $35,000 and we look forward to exceeding that success this year. We're pleased to announce that Benita Zahn will serve as our Honorary Chair for this eventand will be emceeing along with Dan Bazile, anchor from NewsChannel 13.  

It is our distinct pleasure to announce Sabrina Mosseau BS, RN, OCN, clinical sales specialist with Genentech Corporation, as YWCA-GCR's 2016 Resourceful Woman of the Year. Sabrina has been a tireless advocate for the patients and families served by Samaritan Hospital Radiation Oncology, Samaritan Women's Health Center and St. Mary's Cancer Treatment Center for over 19 years. Sabrina has been responsible for coordination of all services to oncology patients and their families. She has worked in conjunction with staff to develop and implement innovative patient centered programs such as "No Woman Left Behind", "No More Sleepless Nights", Patient Navigationand Survivorship Programsthat are locally and nationally recognized as best in practice. She is also responsible for raising in excess of $600,000 over the past 9 years with the Visions of Strength event, whose proceeds provide access to the integrative wellness services that individuals living with cancer need. Sabrina's warm beautiful smile exudes her passion and compassion. She is selfless and generous, working tirelessly to raise funds to help those in need and truly embodies what it means to be a Resourceful Woman.  

The Resourceful Women Awards were established in 2000, to recognize and honor those whose community and professional pursuits advance the empowerment of women, a core value of our mission, which is Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women and Promoting, Peace, Justice, Freedom and Dignity for All. YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc.'s fundraisers are some of the largest special events in the Greater Capital Region, and are true community affairs. This event is a great chance to catch up with old friends, meet new ones, and network with business owners, patrons and elected officials while honoring empowering Resourceful Women and (new this year) Girls!

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


2nd Annual Brava

Friday, November 4, 2016 - 5:00 -- 7:30 p.m. - Arts Center of the Capital Region

The 2nd Annual Brava, a fundraiser that will provide new bras to women at YWCA-GCR and those in need in the community, will be held on Friday, November 4, 2016 at The Arts Center of the Capital Region, 265 River St. in Troy, from 5:00-7:30 p.m. The Arts Center is a partner in the event which will feature 8 to 10 talented writers from around the region who will read jury-selected poems and essays or perform songs and monologues on the subject of brassieres in their lives. The pieces will touch on the subject of bras from many viewpoints and range from the poignant to the hilarious. Submissions will be reviewed and a selected by a juried panel. Each of the pieces are limited to 750 words.

Last year’s sold-out event aimed to collect at least 200 new bras to be distributed to women at YWCA-GCR and others who need them, but more than doubled their goal by collecting over 500 bras. Artist Sharon Bates will be on hand at the event to create a unique installation of the contributed bras. The event will be emceed by Susan Arbetter, well-known Capitol correspondent and radio commentator.

Attendees must each bring a new bra (large sizes preferred) to the event in addition to a $45 admission to cover savories, desserts, and refreshments. A cash bar will also be provided. The food will be supplied by Dali Mamma, an Albany eatery that will locally source the ingredients and prepare an exciting menu with the help of YWCA-GCR residents and Jamison-Rounds Ready for Work Program participants.

Those who can’t attend the event but want to support the cause can drop off a new bra at Dali Mamma at 41 State St. in Albany or YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc. at 21 First St. in Troy. Bi-annual bra fittings will be scheduled to provide free bras to women in the community who are in need. Monetary contributions toward the purchase of bras can be made at http://www.fundabilities.org/Brava!

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