Transitions for Women


The YWCA’s women’s economic empowerment and extended housing program provides apartments, skill and job training, and domestic violence recovery services to victims their children making the transition to an independent life.

Jeffris Flats Apartments, Downtown Janesville

Sarah (not her real name) came to the Alternatives to Violence Shelter in December of 2016 after fleeing a violent relationship of ten years. Sarah and her five children were accepted into the Transitions program in March of 2017, moved into their 3 bedroom apartment, and lived in a transitional living apartment at Jeffris Flats for one year. Fortunately, Sarah broke the cycle of abuse and took actions necessary to write a new story for her family. During her time at Transitions for Women, Sarah secured employment and began school at a local college to receive her associates degree in Early Childhood Development. She is currently living independently and attending her last semester to complete her degree. She was recently awarded Student Worker of the Year, and her oldest son was in the audience to cheer her on.

For more information about Transitions and the Economic Empowerment Center, please contact Marissa at (608) 752-5445 ext. 246 or