The Story of YWCA Northcentral PA

In 1893, a group of women came together in Williamsport, Pennsylvania to help women and girls in the city. Specifically, they wanted to help those working in textile factories. YWCA members provided a place for factory girls to rest and have lunch during their noon break. In addition, they found that clubs (sports, etc.) were limited for females and added these in later years. That is a brief story of our beginning and we have since grown.

Since the birth of our organization 125 years ago, we have grown and developed into what we are today. Our staff, volunteers and members strive to eliminate racism and empower women.

Our programs work towards these goals by providing people with resources. With the right tools, residents can make a change in their own lives. This, in turn, helps the community grow.

Our two main programs are Wise Options and Liberty House. If you want to see how your contributions to these programs have changed the lives of our clients, check out the 2019-2020 Annual Report here.

Story of Wise Options

Wise Options began in 1973 as a shelter for female domestic violence victims. Since then, we have expanded to help all people who are victims of sexual assault and all violent crimes including domestic violence. In short, our shelter provides a safe haven for those who need refuge from their abuser.

All services are free and confidential. If you need assistance, please call our 24-hour emergency hotline 1-800-326-8483 or (570) 323-8167.

Story of Liberty House

In 2003, Liberty House opened its doors as an intensive transitional housing program for women and their children who are experiencing homelessness. Case managers work with each client individually to set goals. Most importantly, they work together to achieve them.

Now, Liberty House is permanent supportive housing for individuals experiencing addiction and homelessness who have ample time to create their own path.


Donors and volunteers help us achieve our mission to help those who have no place to turn. The giving of money and/or time are incredibly appreciated. But, there are other ways to assist.

Easy ways to help us are by donating gently used clothing to The Boutique or purchasing something on our Amazon wish list.

For more information regarding items for donation, click here.

Creations of Courage

Once a week, we have volunteer seamstresses come in and create new the cutest handbags. From wallets to clutches and purses to shoulder bags, the designs our ladies make are surely one of a kind creations. And the best part, when purchasing a Creation of Courage, you’re helping our clients find hope.

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