YWCA Fighting Haliburton Shelter Closure

Highlander News – December 21, 2016 – by Lisa Gervais

A delegation from YWCA Peterborough Haliburton was snowed out from making a presentation to Minden Hills council last week, but their report said it all.

Director of philanthropy and communications, Jennifer Cureton, writes that the only shelter for women and their families in the county was closed for five months last year (from November 2015 to March 2016) because of a shortage of money. The rest of the time, they were able to keep it running but had to dip into reserves.

“Beyond 2016-2017 we will not be able to continue to support women who have experienced violence at a level that meets their needs,” she wrote.

Cureton said that in order to continue their work, they need to secure $120,000 over the next year to sustain their Haliburton operations for the next two years while they work with government, experts, partners and the local community to develop a long-term sustainability plan… (read more...)