About Firesteel

Firesteel is a network of Washington YWCAs committed to ending homelessness. We share stories and invite you to take concrete actions to ensure everyone has the opportunity to live in a safe, healthy, affordable home.

Our Mission

Firesteel is committed to ending homelessness through innovative advocacy. We challenge dominant assumptions about homelessness by emphasizing the systemic barriers contributing to this crisis. In shifting the framework from blame to institutional disadvantages, we can better inform policy change. By mobilizing our community to advocate for structural change, Firesteel works to create improved state policies that deliver more stable housing for women and families, foster more opportunities for income generation, and build assets for those who are most vulnerable.

Our Story

YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish has a long history of success in serving women and families in crisis. The recent recession forced government budget cuts that greatly affected our clients and programs. Realizing the need for public policies that empower families with low incomes, we created Firesteel in 2012 to advocate for structural change. YWCAs across Washington state have joined us in telling the story of family homelessness, and giving advocates tools to spark change.

Our Staff

Denise MillerDenise Miller joined the YWCA in 2013. She manages the Firesteel website and social media streams, as well as multimedia projects and collaborations with advocacy partners.

Our Partners

YWCA Bellingham

The YWCA of Bellingham’s signature program is housing for single homeless women. We aim to provide a safe place for women to bring stability to their lives and transition out of homelessness.

1026 N. Forest St.
Bellingham, WA 98225

YWCA Kitsap County

The YWCA of Kitsap County is dedicated to ensuring the personal safety, rights, welfare, and dignity of those who experience domestic abuse while building partnerships and increasing community awareness to create positive social change.

905 Pacific Ave.
P.O. Box 559
Bremerton, WA 98337

YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish

The YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish touches the lives of more than 60,000 adults and youth annually with individualized services and information that addresses homelessness, lack of job skills, domestic violence and racial injustice.

1118 Fifth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101

YWCA of Spokane

The YWCA of Spokane is the go-to place in the region for services that empower women and children: childcare, early childhood education, work readiness resources, support for victims of domestic violence and support for homeless youth and families. At the same time, the organization is becoming one of the primary community resources for issues of racial and social justice.

930 N. Monroe St.
Spokane, WA 99201

YWCA Wenatchee Valley

The YWCA Wenatchee Valley concentrates on the most relevant issues in our community. Currently we focus on eliminating homelessness, rental education, and job training for low-income or rehabilitating community members.

212 First St.
Wenatchee, WA 98801

YWCA Pierce County

YWCA Pierce County has devoted over a century to creating opportunity and safety for women and children in the Pierce County community. Comprehensive domestic violence services that target prevention and intervention include: free legal services, therapeutic services, support groups, transitional housing, trainings, teen dating violence prevention and more.

405 Broadway
Tacoma, WA 98402

YWCA Yakima

We are empowering women and girls, building self-sufficient women, and eliminating family violence--these three focuses underlie everything that we do at the YWCA Yakima. From providing emergency shelter to a domestic violence victim and her children, to helping a young girl discover the exciting world of science, we intertwine these focuses to create experiences that help women grow.

818 W. Yakima Ave
Yakima, WA 98902

YWCA Walla Walla

YWCA of Walla Walla enriches the lives of women and their families. Our signature program is the YWCA Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Resource Center, which offers individual counseling, eight different support groups, legal and medical advocacy, and shelter services.

213 S. First Ave.
Walla Walla, WA 99362