Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA


The Y is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected & secure children, adult, families, and communities. Everyday our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child and when a community comes together for the common good.

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Address: 35 North Booth Street
Dubuque, IA 52001
Phone Number: 563-556-3371 ext. 20
Fax: 563-556-2728
The Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA has proudly served the Tri-State Community for 150 years. The Y is, and will always be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected, and secure children, adults, families, and communities. With a focus on Youth Development, Healthy Living, Social Responsibility, Eliminating Racism, and Empowering Women, the Y: nurtures the potential of every child and teen, improves the community's health and well-being, gives back and provides support to the most vulnerable, promotes peace, justice, and freedom, and empowers women, men, and families.

With a vision to unite around strengthening community, the Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA collaborates with others to address the most pressing needs facing our community because the Y believes that lasting personal and social change happens when we all work together. Every day we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income, or background, has the opportunity to learn, grown, and thrive. At the Y, no child, family, or adult is turned away for an inability to pay.

The Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA directly impacts over 15,000 people a year. The Y impacts the community through: early childhood child care, before and after school child care, membership, mentoring, youth, adult, and family programming, summer day camp, zip lining, and Y's Victim Services Shelter. In addition, the Y employs over 275 people and offers volunteer opportunities to nearly 1,000 of our neighbors.
Our Victim Services Shelter received a call one very cold winter morning from a woman named "Kate". Kate was done! She had enough verbal, physical, emotional and sexual abuse from her husband. Kate was mid-40 with two young daughters and more than anything wanted a 'normal' life free of abuse.

Shortly after Kate made that very difficult call to the shelter, she arrived with her two daughters. Upon arrival the advocates noted Kate had several physical and mental disabilities stemming from the many years of her abuse. While staying at the shelter the team was able to work with Kate on building her self-esteem, building a better relationship with her daughters as well as empowering her to feel safe anywhere she went. She worked with the advocates in obtaining a No Contact Order against her husband and retained a lawyer to file for divorce.

Kate spent time setting up goals and during the 30 day stay at the shelter she:
Reestablished her faith and became closer to God
Became a stronger person mentally, physically and spiritually
Obtained affordable housing for her and her two daughters
Obtained more secure locks for her home
Developed a safety plan

Victim Services Shelter was able to assist her in the basic furnishings for her home. When she moved in, she had a kitchen full of pots and pans ready to cook. Kate and her girls had the bedding and safety net they needed to have a comfortable night of sleep. We kindly invite you to remember the shelter and the families seeking a life free of violence.