Category: Poverty

24 Feb

Break the Cycle of Poverty

Many of the women who walk through our doors at YWCA Toronto have firsthand experience with the realities of urban poverty, making them well informed to weigh in on the City of Toronto’s TOProsperity: Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy, due to be released in late 2015. When the City asked YWCA Toronto for feedback on how to […]

26 Nov

A Gift Box for the Women of Toronto

Last Monday morning, I walked out of the cold wind into the warm glitter of the Bay Adelaide Centre. In the PATH concourse, I saw the familiar YWCA Toronto logo wrapped around a huge, transparent box: the YWCA Toronto Gift Box. Designed as a public, interactive installation, the Gift Box invites passersby to pause and […]

12 Jul

Taking Action to Reduce Poverty

By Sarah Blackstock Recently, Statistics Canada reported a decline in the rate of child poverty in Ontario. Child poverty in 2011 (the most recent year for which we have data) was 13.8%, down from 15.2% three years earlier. We should all be glad child poverty has decreased. Obviously, if you care about kids, you should […]

28 Feb

There’s No Place Like Home

Advocacy, Poverty, Shelter & Housing by YWCA Toronto

by Janet Menezes, YWCA Elm Centre tenant On Feb 28, political leaders, advocates and passionate Torontonians gathered to pledge their support to end women’s homelessness.  Janet was one of them.  As I revisit a broken past, I often wonder why things went so terribly wrong for my children and me. Although I am Survivor of […]

08 Jan

The messy wonder of politics

by Sarah Blackstock & Heather McGregor In the past few weeks we have been confronted with wicked violence. Its existence and its devastating impact have been impossible to ignore. And yet, there can be a strong impulse to relegate that problem, as well as many additional problems,  as other people’s messes. But let there be […]

04 Oct

One of Our Holiday Traditions

Philanthropy, Poverty by YWCA Toronto

Marijo first heard of YWCA Toronto’s Adopt a Family program four years ago, from her 9 year old son. Each of the classes in his north Toronto school was “adopting” a family for the holiday season and he came home excited by the project. He suggested to his mom that they too could make the holiday […]

29 May

Homeless to Hopeful – Annalee’s Journey

Poverty, Shelter & Housing by YWCA Toronto

  From homeless to hopeful: Annalee’s  journey What is Homeless? The dictionary says it means “without a home.” To me, it means to be in limbo; a constant state of lost, unwanted, forgotten and absolute uncertainty. It means not knowing where you’ll be sleeping or where your next meal will come from. It means not […]

07 Mar

Connecting global partners to end violence against women

A report from the 2nd World Conference of Women’s Shelters by Carla Neto, Manager of The YWCA Toronto Women’s Shelter The 2nd World Conference of Women’s Shelters took place in Washington, DC, from February 27 to March 1st, 2012. Under the theme “connect, learn, share” this conference brought together 1300 delegates from Africa, Europe, Asia […]

25 Nov

Canadian Women Vulnerable to Violence

I am a Canadian woman. I’d like to be able to say that I live in one of the safest and wealthiest countries in the world – and mean it. I’d like never to have to become entangled in heated debate with another Canadian woman about whether living in Canada means we have it better […]

07 Jul

A home is hope and dignity.

Health, Poverty, Shelter & Housing by YWCA Toronto

You’ve seen her.  She may have asked you for help. She is the woman outside the subway asking for money.  She may be the mother in the grocery store trying to stretch her loonie between food, rent and her kids’ pleas for candy. She is one of many women for whom the dignity and foundation […]