Peterborough YWCA helped me build a better life: Single mom

October 18, 2018 – Peterborough Examiner, by Jessica Nyznik

When Carissa McIntyre was in a bad relationship and had nowhere to turn with four kids, she called Crossroads women’s shelter.

Staff took her and the children in that night, offering them adjoining rooms and toys for the kids to call their own.

Image of Carissa McIntyre, smiling in front of the YWCA logo

It wasn’t at all like McIntyre expected, not dingy or scary in the least. And the fear of losing her kids to the children’s aid society quickly faded once she realized the good company she was in. However, it was still a difficult time.

“I’ve never felt like more of a failure,” said McIntyre, 32. (Read more…)