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Welcome to the Greater Newburyport YWCA.

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our history

1858 First Association forms in U.S., "Ladies Christian Association," New York City
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1859 Boston first uses YWCA name
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1883 Newburyport WCA (later called YWCA) begins
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1892 Purchase of Frothingham Estate at 13 Market Street
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1906 Newburyport becomes charter Member of the National Board of Young Women's Christian Associations of America
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1910

Mr. and Mrs. William Swasey pay off mortgage on Frothingham Estate. The residence was thus named after their daughter, Susan Babson Swasey, who died at the age of 4

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1915 National YWCA organizes first interracial conference held in southern United States
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1917

New gymnasium opens at 13 Market Street

The national board sends 433 professional workers overseas to work in European War Zone in World War I

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1920 Women given right to vote; Newburyport YWCA educates new women voters
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1929 Great "Wall Street" Crash; depression ends era of prosperity of YWCA
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1941 USA goes to war; women have more responsibility at home
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1943 Newburyport YWCA celebrates 60th anniversary
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1946 Convention of YWCA of USA unanimously adopts the interracial charter in which YWCA commits itself to work for an end to racial injustice
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1956

Newburyport YWCA holds first Blue Tryangle Bazaar

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1965

Property adjoining gym is purchased to house new swimming pool and parking lot

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1967 Present Statement of Purpose is adopted at 24th National Convention
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1970 National Convention approves "One Imperative"

New pool opens at Newburyport YWCA
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1983 Newburyport YWCA celebrates Centennial Year
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1984 YWCA of the "USA" celebrates its 125th anniversary
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1990's

Expanded community commitment

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1998 Marjorie Lynn Family Residence Opens
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2007 The Nancy DiGrezio Memorial Scholarship was introduced to inspire future leaders through Nancy’s passion for social justice.
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2007 YWCA in collaboration with Newburyport Youth Services begins providing school age childcare for children grades K-5. This program continues to grow, serving 104 children on a daily basis throughout the school year and 39 children a day during the summer.
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2009 Renovations of the pool are completed with the addition of a warm water pool, group exercise area and fitness equipment.
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2011 YWCA Encore plus re-introduced for women who have experienced breast cancer at some point in their lives.
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2012 YWCA Children’s Center opens on Pond Street serving infants through preschool children. Not only does this program promote the values of the YWCA it provides a sliding fee scale for working families.
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2013 Renovation and expansion of the Marj Lynn house completed. Now serving 8 homeless households and 2 households in which at least one member has a disability.
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2014 YWCA wins the opportunity to develop 42 units of affordable housing in Salisbury for homeless and lower income households.

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13 Market Street, YWCA Greater Newburyport.

Did you know?

1910

Mr. and Mrs. William Swasey pay off mortgage and the residence was thus named after their daughter, Susan Babson Swasey, who died at the age of 4. Susan's picture still adorns the wall in the living room.

1961

The Newburyport YWCA purchases camp at Kingston Lake for use as Blue Tryangle Camp.

Today

The Newburyport YWCA is happy to provide the following to the community: The Martin Luther King Breakfast, The Family Resource Center and The Homeless Prevention Loan Program in partnership with Institution for Savings

Click here to learn more about our future.

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