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

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Summer 2020 Newsletter

Learn about what the pandemic has meant for YWCA programs and front-line teams, what’s top of mind during early stages of re-opening, how the Nourish team is responding to the needs of our community, and how you can help create change for local women and children through the YWCA Virtual Challenge. View Summer 2020 Newsletter…read more

YWCA Update – Spring 2020

Shelter, safety planning, referrals and ongoing support are more important now than ever. Staying home is causing increased risk of harm to women and children who are now trapped with abusers, with fewer opportunities to get help. Here and around the world, women who have been able to reach safety or call for help report…read more

Our most urgent need

As a community, we’ve all been doing our very best to help flatten the curve by staying home to stay safeduring the COVID-19 pandemic.  Yet for women and children now trapped in isolation with abusive men, staying home has never been more dangerous. The COVID-19 crisis has created a toxic combination of increased stress, isolation…read more

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Peterborough District Masonic Association donates over $17,200 to YWCA Crossroads Shelter

KawarthaNOW | The Peterborough District Masonic Association has donated $17,253.25 to YWCA Peterborough Haliburton’s Crossroad Shelter, which provides crisis and support services to local women and children fleeing abuse. YWCA Peterborough Haliburton made the announcement on Monday (September 14). “The leadership of caring men in our community who understand that responding to the impact of…read more

COVID-19 Update

YWCA Peterborough Haliburton support and crisis services for women who experience violence are still available.  We have implemented COVID-19 screening assessment, disinfecting, physical distancing and isolation practices to keep everyone as safe as possible. We know that dramatic health protection measures will slow the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Shelter, safety planning, referrals and ongoing support are…read more

Local Family-Owned Company AON Helps to Support Women and Children in Crisis

A recent $5,000 donation from AON Inc.—a major employer of women in Peterborough—is helping YWCA Peterborough Haliburton address the urgent needs of women and children trapped with abusive men throughout the pandemic. “AON Inc. is pleased to provide support to the YWCA 2020 Crisis Campaign to help women and children in our community escape violence…read more

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