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  Crisis Shelter & Residence  

Last year we housed 892 women, children and youth at risk. Unfortunately we turned away more than we housed. There is a desperate need for emergency shelter beds in our community at present. The gap between the rich and poor continues to grow. Many of our clients are the working poor trying to support their families. The lack of emergency shelter beds in our community and rising cost of rent makes escaping the cycle of poverty difficult.

While at our shelter, women have access to a range of other YWCA services including the employment and learning centre, childcare, and fitness facilities and programs. They are also able to access resources at the Community Service Village.

New items wish list:

New pillows
Unopened shampoo, conditioner, soap and deodorant
New pyjamas, socks and underwear in women's sizes
New sleepers, pyjamas, socks and underwear in children's sizes                              
Baby wipes
Disposable diapers and swimmer diapers                             
Feminine hygeine products
Baby bottles and bottle nipples                         
Toddler sippy cups                                       
Baby teething rings
One-piece bathing suits
Cutlery, bowls, cups and mugs
Clothing and footwear in season in women's and children's sizes
Outerwear for cold weather in women's and children's sizes
School supplies
Writing journals
Craft supplies for women and children

Items we often buy and would appreciate:

Grocery and pharmacy gift cards, any denomination
Soup (tomato, mushroom, vegetable & chicken noodle)
Flour, sugar, cake mixes, baking supplies
Cans of tuna and beans
Small juice boxes, coffee, tea
Pasta, rice, cereal
Nut-free granola bars
Laundry detergent
Dish soap

Please note:

We are unable to accept aerosol containers, hairspray, kitchen knives and other sharp items, men's items, peanut products, used stuffed animals, puzzles, used infant cribs, used car seats, used strollers, used highchairs etc. If you have any questions about items you are wishing to donate, please contact us!

“The shelter provided me with shelter and nourishment. I received emotional support from staff. They met my needs when I needed to talk. It was helpful to get referrals from staff. I got physical support through the use of the YWCA gym. I got spiritual support through smudging done during my stay.”

“The shelter being there for me and my son helped us so much. We are so appreciative. Staff were always there to talk to, no matter what…day or night..staff is always there. It made us feel so safe. I learned that I don’t need others’ approval. I proved to myself that I can do it. I can accomplish anything! I can live life knowing my son and I will be okay!”

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