“Even if everybody around you doubts your strength, you owe it to yourself to keep fighting.
You deserve to live a happy life.” – YWCA Client

“You are worthy of love and respect. Abuse is insidious and robs us of our dignity.
You can become whole and strong, and the YWCA can help.” – YWCA Client

“What helped most was telling my family doctor, who immediately put me on the phone with the YWCA. I went to the START program and found the resources, the understanding and the help that I needed.” – YWCA Client

“Leaving is so hard but you will create new strength for yourself that you didn’t even think was there.
Taking back your life is worth it.” – YWCA Client

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Summer 2018 Newsletter

From new YWCA faces and initiatives, to heartfelt words of appreciation from women whose lives have been touched by the generosity of our amazing supporters, our Summer Newsletter will keep you in the know about all that’s new here at the YWCA.

2018 Gratitude Report

In Peterborough and Haliburton County, the YWCA is where a woman turns when she has questions about her relationship. Questions like, “Will anyone understand?“, “Am I safe?“, and thanks to the generous support of people like you, “What’s possible?“. Our 2018 Gratitude Report offers a snapshot of the complex questions women face when fleeing violence and…read more

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The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group donates $36,500 to local organizations

September 18, 2018 – Kawartha Now Home and auto insurance company The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group has announced $36,500 in charitable donations to local organizations as part of its Create a Ripple Effect (C.A.R.E.) initiative. Four organizations in the Kawarthas are the recipients of the funds — 4th Line Theatre in Millbrook; Victorian Order of…read more

Peterborough-area advocates speak out after a pair of alleged domestic gun-related deaths

CHEX TV WATCH VIDEO: “A woman is murdered every six days by her intimate partner,” Mandy Hamu, Director of Services at YWCA Peterborough Haliburton Two deaths in Peterborough and the Kawarthas allegedly rooted in domestic gun violence prompts advocates to speak out and warn that incidents like this are becoming all too common. 24 HOUR…read more

Highest tally ever for Walk a Mile in Her Shoes in Peterborough

Friday, June 1, 2018 – The Peterborough Examiner – by Jessica Nyznik Sarah Myles holds the YWCA Crossroads Shelter near and dear to her heart. That’s why she joined the walk on May 25 and raised enough money to fund 31 safe nights of sleep at the shelter. Crossroads supports women and children fleeing abuse….read more

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