About Us


We are on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.


We work where we are needed most.

F or over 125 years YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region has been creating an environment for women to feel empowered, supported and able to build opportunities to make positive change. While our mission has not changed, "eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all,” our programming and services have continued to evolve. Just like needs of women in our regional community.

YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region works where we are needed most. We believe that positive change begins with understanding individual needs. We listen, learn, and respond to best serve the unique needs of the women in our community.

Over the 127 years, we have evolved but have always focused on empowering women. Over the decades the YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region has served as a safe place for women. In 1928, there was Camp Maqua, the premier camp experience for girls. In the 1940-60’s there was a heavy focus on social issues for women. In the 70-80’s services appealed to the working women, such as surviving the business world and work life balance. Today, we focus on empowering women of all ages through programming such as our Getting Ahead program, Girls Empowerment Summer Camps, Special Needs Summer Camps, Resource Center, and Parenting program.

YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region had great success in 2017 by touching the lives of 851 participants. Our Getting Ahead program had 85% of participants reporting an increase in self-sufficiency, measured by 11 factors. All our summer empowerment camps participants reported in increase in developmental assets; including personal power and self-esteem.

YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region’s programs grow: Self Confidence, Knowledge, Hope, Personal Power, and Self-Discovery. Our programs are more than just numbers. They change lives.

If you are interested in becoming part of this change, we invite you to get involved. Contact us to see how, together, we can create great change across our region.

Board Members

Jenna Briggs
Ann Coburn-Collins, President
Kathy Conklin
Janelle Felan, Vice-President
Kristi Kozubal, Treasurer
Gale Mielens
Toni Riley
Sandy Thompson
Tara Welch, Secretary


Kimberly Houston, Interim Executive Director
Neena Hogle, Empowerment Program Manager
Amy Phoenix, Program Coordinator

Frequently Asked Questions

1Where are you located?
We are located next to the bus station at 1104 Washington Avenue in downtown Bay City.
2Did you change your name?
Yes, we did. The former YWCA of Bay County is now YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region with a service area covering Bay, Midland and Saginaw County.
3Now that the fitness facility is closed, what programs and services does YWCA provide?
Our new direction and programs are explained in detailed under our “programs” tab.
4Can I volunteer at the YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region?
We are always looking for volunteers. One of the areas we need a lot of assistance in is our annual Riverside Art Festival that takes place every June. We are also looking for committee members.
5Are you affiliated with the YMCA?
No, we are completely different entities with different missions.

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We are eager to discuss how we can empower
women and eliminate racism together!

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