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About the YWCA South Hampton Roads:

Highlights from 1961-2011


  • The original residence hall on College Place was torn down to clear the way for a parking lot
  • Residence facilities at Freemason Street house "38 semi-permanent young ladies and 11 transients"
  • Integrated swimming programs were offered to help break down barriers of racism
  • Ladies Day Out program continues to expand its courses, including investments, flower arranging, golf, horticulture, drama, cooking, sewing, exercise, bridge, art, table setting, and "How to Conduct a Meeting" -- over 3,000 women attend.
  • Men are invited to attend some co-ed courses

License for cafeteria
Sample covers of YWCA Magazine in the 60s


  • All local branches officially merged in 1972
  • Phyllis Wheatley branch closed in 1972 after later sold their building to Norfolk State University
  • Classes and programs continued to expand
  • Nursery School opened for children three to five years old at the Virginia Beach branch



  • Women in Crisis program opened shelter for battered women
  • Women in Transition program implemented to help economically disadvantaged women find employment or gain job skills
  • Winners Dinners, where women of achievement are recognized, are established (later, "Women of Distinction" luncheons)
  • YWCA Kids, a before and after school program, was begun to prevent for elementary age children from being left at home alone

Call for nominations for Women of Distinction

Opening of the Women in Crisis shelter for battered women and their children

Newsletter of the YWCA's Sexual Assault Support Services

YWCA members at a rally in DC for the Equal Rights Amendment

YWCA members in front of
the Wheatley Branch



  • Women in Crisis domestic violence shelter adds 24-hour hotline for victims and their children
    • Individual and group counseling and legal information provided to domestic abuse victims
    • A children's center offered education and fun
    • Sessions also available to batterers to eliminate their violent behavior
  • Y-Prep program for younger girls
  • Centennial celebration of the Phyllis Wheatley branch


Y-Prep Program photo
Phyllis Wheatley centennial
Phyllis Wheatley Centennial


  • Offices moved from Freemason Street to 5215 Colley Avenue in 2002. The new building also houses the Response/Sexual Assault Support Services and stores clothing and food for the Y's shelter.
  • YWCA USA changed their logo and branding to include - Eliminating Racism Empowering Women
  • Mosaic Partnerships Program established with representatives of the YWCA, Norfolk United Facing Race, TCC, and the Urban League of Hampton Roads to accomplish the common mission to eliminate racism
  • TechGYRLS program implemented to steer girls toward careers in technology and engineering
  • "The local YWCA now includes a day-care center, career guidance and life-skills training, domestic violence shelters, crisis intervention for rape victims, and substance-abuse treatment programs."
  • Regina Malveaux was named Executive Director (2010)

    Brochures of YWCA services

YWCA Board of Directors, 2005
YWCA services Response victims service Women in crisis service


  • YWCA South Hampton Roads celebrates 100 years
  • YWCA continues to “serve victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, to provide quality, affordable childcare, and to host community events directed at empowering women and eliminating racism.”


Regina Malveaux
Regina Malveaux, Executive Director
The First 50 Years: 1911-1961 The Second 50 Years: 1961-2011

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