Spark change. End homelessness.
Policy is about people, but discussions about policy are often so full of acronyms and jargon that they’re not accessible to the people they affect.
Firesteel is here to break it down for you – how laws and budget decisions impact all of us. We connect the policy dots and share the complexity and humanity behind homelessness. And we invite you to take concrete actions that can help end homelessness.
With the added power of your voice, we can spark meaningful change. That's policy advocacy.
Firesteel is a partnership of nine YWCAs across Washington state. Check out the map below to see who is involved!
YWCA Kitsap County
The YWCA of Kitsap County is dedicated to ensuring the personal safety, rights, welfare, and dignity of those who experience domestic abuse while building partnerships and increasing community awareness to create positive social change.
The YWCA of Bellingham’s signature program is housing for single homeless women. We aim to provide a safe place for women to bring stability to their lives and transition out of homelessness.
YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish
The YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish touches the lives of more than 60,000 adults and youth annually with individualized services and information that addresses homelessness, lack of job skills, domestic violence and racial injustice.
YWCA Clark County
YWCA Clark County serves more than 11,000 people each year who are victims of domestic violence, homelessness, sexual assault, child abuse and neglect, and oppression, as well as youth in foster care and incarcerated women.
YWCA Pierce County
YWCA Pierce County has devoted over a century to creating opportunity and safety for women and children in the Pierce County community. Comprehensive domestic violence services that target prevention and intervention include: free legal services, therapeutic services, support groups, transitional housing, trainings, teen dating violence prevention and more.
YWCA Wenatchee Valley
The YWCA Wenatchee Valley concentrates on the most relevant issues in our community. Currently we focus on eliminating homelessness, rental education, and job training for low-income or rehabilitating community members.
YWCA Walla Walla
YWCA of Walla Walla enriches the lives of women and their families. Our signature program is the YWCA Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Resource Center, which offers individual counseling, eight different support groups, legal and medical advocacy, and shelter services.
YWCA of Spokane
The YWCA of Spokane is the go-to place in the region for services that empower women and children: childcare, early childhood education, work readiness resources, support for victims of domestic violence and support for homeless youth and families. At the same time, the organization is becoming one of the primary community resources for issues of racial and social justice.
We are empowering women and girls, building self-sufficient women, and eliminating family violence--these three focuses underlie everything that we do at the YWCA Yakima. From providing emergency shelter to a domestic violence victim and her children, to helping a young girl discover the exciting world of science, we intertwine these focuses to create experiences that help women grow.
Firesteel is hosted by the YWCA Seattle I King I Snohomish.
Firesteel also benefits from high-level strategy support from our Advisory Council:
- Katie Hong, Program Officer, Raikes Foundation
- Norene Roberts, Program Manager, The Salvation Army Catherine Booth House
- Jon Hickey, Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft
- Caitlin S. DiMotta, Attorney, Impact Law Group
- Trang Tu, Principal Consultant, Tu Consulting