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 and bedding for single beds
New towels and face cloths
New dish cloths
New, unopened shampoo, conditioner, soap and deodorant
New pyjamas, socks and underwear in women's sizes and children’s sizes
Disposable diapers and swimmer diapers
Feminine hygeine products
New baby bottles and bottle nipples
New toddler sippy cups
New cutlery, bowls, cups and mugs
Grocery and phone gift cards, any denomination
We do not 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!”