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.

S ince 1891 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 decades the YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region has focused on empowering women and 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 Women's Resource Center, Special Needs Camps and our Women's Economic Empowerment Program (WEEP) which includes Getting Ahead, Moving Ahead and Staying Ahead.

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

• Beth Roszatycki, Chair
• Ann Coburn-Collins, Past-Chair
• Carole Calvert-Baxter, Treasurer
• Melissa Whitford, Secretary
• Vanessa Guerra
• Rebekah Kilpatrick
• Sharon Miller
• Smirti Pant
• Raquel Perez
• Sandy Thompson


• Moira Branigan, Executive Director
• Erica Armstrong, Program Coordinator
• Jessica Yisa, Facilitator

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, we have several opportunities available including long-term, short-term and single service opportunities.
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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