Walking in Two Worlds

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The purpose of the Walking in Two Worlds program is to assist immigrant and refugee women and their families by acting as advocates, connecting them to community resources and empowering them toward self-sufficiency.  The goal of this free program is to meet the basic needs of these families and to provide empowering educational opportunities.

Through culturally-sensitive, strong community collaborations, Walking in Two Worlds allows YWCA outreach workers to connect with participants in the most appropriate manner to meet their needs, free of charge to participants. This is an ongoing, adaptable program that seeks to emphasize the strengths of participants during their transition to life within the Greater Mankato community.

Who is eligible?

Immigrant and refugee women (and their families) that need assistance navigating Greater Mankato community resources.

To make a referral, please fill out the Agency Referral Form below and return to YWCA Mankato. For more information please refer to the program brochure. 

Agency Referral Form

Program Brochure

Program Impact

"The Walking in Two Worlds program helped me when I was new to this community with my basic needs, and now it's my turn to give back and help other families."   -Program Participant

"Walking in Two Worlds provides basic cultural support to both immigrants and traditional community members. The program builds relationships and trust."   -Sue Larson, W2W Evaluator

"Walking in Two Worlds (W2W) is a fledgling, but already valuable resource for making Mankato a welcoming community to immigrants. A major function of W2W in the community is spanning the various groups in the community and bringing immigrants to them."   -Dr. Anthony Filipovitch, W2W Evaluator

History of Walking in Two Worlds

Group of Women ShoppingLaunry Baskets full of SuppliesPerson loading a trailer with furniture

Get Involved

We are currently accepting in-kind donations for our Walking in Two Worlds participants.

Please click here for more information about items that we are accepting as donations. 


For more information contact Marielynn Herrera at (507) 345-4629 or marielynn@ywcamankato.org.

Thank You to Our Program Supporters

Bemis Mardag Foundation