Our vision is to see all women and children thriving.

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

“You are worthy of love and respect. You can become whole and strong, and the YWCA can help.”

I went to the START program and found the resources, the understanding and the help that I needed. You can too.”

“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!”

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Upcoming Events

*Free YWCA Leadership Day Camp

July 22 - 26, 2019

Starts: 9:00 AM Ends: 3:00 PM

Girls and non-binary youth (age 9-12) will have the opportunity to lead, build a business and gain new skills at YWCA Peterborough Haliburton’s Day Camp, held at the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce. Space is limited so be sure to apply early! Lunch and snacks provided. *$10 refundable deposit required upon registration. Learn More For more…read more

Desiree’s Ride, supporting YWCA Crossroads Shelter

July 27, 2019

Starts: 10:30 AM

Peterborough Chapter 1st Annual Motorcycle Ride, supporting Desiree’s Angels Victims for a New Start and YWCA Crossroads Shelter, will begin at Classy Chassis and Cycles, departing at 10:30 am (registration opens at 8:30 am). Route map, pledge form and registration form available at:  http://www.desireesride.com/ride-details-registration Desiree’s Ride started in 2014 to raise funds for Desiree Gallagher’s …read more

Your Creation Bridal Show, supporting YWCA Crossroads Shelter

September 15, 2019

Starts: 11:00 AM Ends: 3:00 PM

On Sunday, September 15th, 2019 Personal Touch Banquet Hall will host their first annual Bridal Show “Your Creation”.  Admission fee is by donation to YWCA Peterborough Haliburton. The show will begin at 11am and run until 3pm with the first 50 guests receiving swag bags, passports and hourly prizes. Brides can try on their dream…read more

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2019 Impact Report

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Winter Spring 2019 Newsletter

What’s unique about our work in Haliburton County? Why are we passionate about tackling food insecurity? How can you support a friend faced with intimate partner abuse? Download our Winter / Spring Newsletter for a closer look at what’s happening at the YWCA and how your support is helping to create positive change.

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Stabilizing homeless, not just affordable housing, key to housing crisis: PHC

Peterborough This Week | Rent-geared-to-income housing will be a key tool in dealing with Peterborough’s homeless situation, and working through the wait list of 1,295 households looking for housing. But wraparound services meant to stabilize and transition people to more independent living are also going to be valuable resources in resolving the housing crisis, says…read more

YWCA offering tips to “cover your tracks” while you plan an escape from abuse

99.5 Moose FM | An organization dedicated to helping women and families in need is trying to protect them online too. YWCA Peterborough – Haliburton is offering safety tips for anyone that might be dealing with abusive situations online or over text and email. According to YWCA, If you believe that someone is monitoring your…read more

Retiring YWCA executive director has changed women’s lives for the better

The Peterborough Examiner | Hearing the laughter of women who were once in despair is what’s helped Lynn Zimmer stay positive in what can be a heartbreaking profession. “You see the horrors, but you always see women’s lives change for the better,” said Zimmer, executive director of YWCA Peterborough Haliburton. After 35 years on the…read more

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