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Young Women's Christian Association of Los Angeles (1894-) | Special Collections & Archives

Name: Young Women's Christian Association of Los Angeles (1894-)


Historical Note:

The YWCA of Los Angeles was established in 1893 when Miss Emma Reeder came from San Francisco expressly to organize a local branch. Incorporated the following year, the Los Angeles chapter served to promote the physical, social, spiritual, and educational well-being of young women. In its first year of operation, the YWCA increased its membership from nine to over 360 members.

The YWCA of Los Angeles is a decentralized agency with many branches, boarding homes, club houses, and camping retreats throughout LA County. In 1899, a Traveler’s Aid Department was established to care for new arrivals to the city. The first boarding home for women in Los Angeles was founded by the YWCA in 1905. Three years later the YWCA’s first permanent residence opened, followed by the Hollywood Studio Club, a temporary residence for young women training for careers in the entertainment industry.

For over eighty years the YWCA of Los Angeles has provided shelter and counseling services for transient and needy women, sponsored camping trips, conducted educational, physical and religious classes, and encouraged women to achieve leadership roles in society.

Note Author: Robert G. Marshall





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