YWCA Women’s Shelter is for women, gender diverse people and their children fleeing abuse. We offer a free, safe, caring home and the counselling and support women and gender diverse people need to heal and plan for the future.
Women, gender diverse people and children fleeing violence.
Furnished room for every woman, gender diverse individual and their 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
Indoor children’s playroom and outdoor playground
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, gender diverse people 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 and gender diverse individuals leave the shelter
Support in many languages through staff and cultural interpreters
Hindi, Bengali, Hurdu, Punjabi, French, Farsi, Dari, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, Creole, Kiswahili, Somali, Italian, Arabic, Tamil, Ndebele, Shona, Zulu, Tsuana, Azeri, German, Nuer, basic American Sign Language, and English.
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