Our History

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The YWCA of the Quad Cities has been serving the community since 1917. Through our programs, we serve over 10,000 youth and women annually.

The YWCA USA is a women’s membership movement nourished by its roots in the Christian faith and sustained by the richness of many beliefs and values. Strengthened by diversity, the YWCA draws together members who strive to create opportunities for women’s growth, leadership, and power in order to attain a common vision: peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all people. The YWCA will thrust its collective power toward the elimination of racism, wherever it exists, and by any means necessary.

In 1917, Susanne Denkmann-Hauberg was inspired by the YWCA’s mission, and opened the Rock Island YWCA. The organization started in the 4th floor of the Central Trust & Savings Bank building, but it quickly became apparent that the organization would need more space. The organization moved and outgrew a few locations before the 229 16th Street building was purchased in 1954. This location houses a pool, gym, numerous childcare classrooms, as well as an excellent outdoor playground. For 100 years, the YWCA has provided services for women, families and the community.