Women’s & Children’s Alliance

About WCA

Vision: To foster a community where individuals thrive in safe, healthy relationships.

Core Values: Through their core values of Safety, Healing and Freedom WCA hopes to provide security, hope, and empowerment and to break the cycle of violence.

For more than 30 years, the Women’s & Children’s Alliance has been at the forefront of providing services to women, men and their children healing from domestic abuse and sexual assault. Since its founding, the WCA’s crisis program has evolved into one of the most vital, unduplicated, comprehensive programs in our community and region. The WCA is proud to be a community leader in providing these critically needed services. Beginning in 1910, WCA has been an important community partner providing safe places for women to live has always been at the core of their mission.

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History

Providing safe places for women to live has been at the core of the Women’s and Children’s Alliance mission for over 100 years. The WCA started in 1910 as the Boise YWCA or Young Women’s Christian Association. It was established to provide a safe place for young single women to live, eat, and socialize. In addition to room, board, and other basic services, the YWCA offered classes, camps, and community service opportunities to Boise women for decades.

In the early 1980s, the YWCA began transforming into the organization that we have today. During this time, the Rape Crisis Alliance and domestic violence Crisis Center were established to continue embodying the mission to provide a safe place for women in new ways. WCA officially became the Women’s and Children’s Alliance in 1996.

You can learn more about the history of the YWCA and its more recent developments as the WCA in our history book, Women Helping Women: A Centennial History of the Boise YWCA/WCA, available for $34.95 on-site or in our online store.

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