YWCA Arise is a free shelter for women and their children fleeing abuse. We offer a safe, caring home and the counselling and support women need to heal and plan for the future.
Women and children fleeing violence.
Furnished room for every woman and her children
Nutritious meals and snacks (we support families with their health and cultural dietary needs and do not purchase pork)
Welcome kit upon arrival (toiletries and personal care items)
Secure building with closed circuit cameras
YWCA staff available at all times
Assistance applying for a personal needs allowance
Access to clothing bank
Warm staff that specialize in the following areas: children and youth, mental health, employment, violence against women, addictions, immigration, trauma, and housing
One-on-one counselling for women and their children
Help to establish a safety plan
Help to find affordable housing
Referrals to lawyers, doctors, and community resources
Accompaniment to appointments if requested
Family-based activities and celebrations
Ongoing support after women leave the shelter
Support in many languages through staff and cultural interpreters
Mandarin, Polish, Hindu, Urdu, Croatian, Slavian, Punjabi, and English.
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