Category: Shelter & Housing

15 Sep

When There Is No Place To Call Home

Dorothy said it best, “there is no place like home.”  Home is our refugee, our castle…home sweet home.  But what if you did not know how long you would have a place to stay, perhaps a day, a week or a few months?  What if you were not sure what address to put on your […]

14 Jul

Imagine a National Child Care Strategy

There are 16,802 children in Toronto currently on the waiting list for affordable child care. Many of their mothers make weekly phone calls, crossing their fingers and hoping that a space has finally opened up for their child. With their children in a secure and safe child care centre, women can get back to work, […]

23 Apr

Anonymous donor helps YWCA Toronto launch movie night for shelter residents

A good movie doesn’t just divert our attention, it also builds a sense of community. That’s why an anonymous private donor is helping YWCA Toronto launch a weekly movie night for residents and tenants at YWCA Toronto’s 1st Stop Woodlawn. The event series, which YWCA Toronto has dubbed the Woodlawn Film Festival, launches on April […]

11 Sep

Running for more than a medal

What makes a 5k race the greatest race ever? To be honest, I was not expecting the emotional and inspirational journey that I experienced while participating in the Bang & Olufsen Yorkville 5k Run in support of YWCA Toronto’s Women’s shelters. But by the end of the day, I realized the event made me even […]

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 […]

09 Jul

Elm Centre tenant finds home

Health, Shelter & Housing by YWCA Toronto

Life is an odd adventure. The road of life has as many words to describe it – as the steps we use to walk along it.   I’ll pull up these words frightening, challenging, amazing… an adventure in faith, hope and love, to describe this present leg of my journey. Before the YWCA Elm Centre was […]

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 […]

31 Mar

Pyjamas, books and bedtime at ARISE

Cover shot of the book Don't Let the Pigeon Ride the Bus

Recently I visited ARISE, one of the YWCA Toronto’s shelters, to see one of their kids programs in action.  Pyjamatime is a partnership between the Toronto Public Library and the YWCA Toronto.  The moms and kids really look forward to their reading time.   When you’re coming from an unsafe home, time like this is […]

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 […]

29 Feb

Soup Sisters

Philanthropy, Shelter & Housing by YWCA Toronto

Guest Post by Shana Hillman of our Philanthropy Department and blogger at On a cold and blustery Monday night in early February, I was invited to attend a unique event on behalf of my day job. After work I made my way down to the fantastic Great Cooks on Eight cooking studio next to […]