“Seven years ago I started my new life as a single parent. The YWCA was a lifesaver for the ‘what do I do now?’ period, when I couldn’t even wrap my head around a new life.”

At the YWCA, I found the resources and the help that I needed to move forward with my life. You can too.”

“Change 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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2021 Impact Report

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Violence against women has intensified during the pandemic

Since the lock-downs began, women in Peterborough and Haliburton County have reported abuse that is far more serious and complex. A national survey conducted by Ending Violence Association of Canada & London, Ontario-based Anova found that abusers’ tactics are becoming more violent & frequently deadly. *The following letter was written and shared by a woman…read more

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Soroptimist International Peterborough Donates to Five Community Partners on 75th Anniversary

PTBOCANADA | It may be the 75th anniversary of Soroptimist International Peterborough (SIP) but they gave presents out by donating $1,000 cheques each to five organizations on Friday. The donations went towards community partners of SIP to help women’s and girls’ lives through programs leading to economic and social empowerment. Cameron House (Brock Mission), Elizabeth…read more

YWCA Crossroads Shelter receives $20,000 donation from The Peterborough District Masonic Association

PTBOCanada | YWCA Peterborough Haliburton announced a charitable contribution of $20,000 from The Peterborough District Masonic Association, on Wednesday. This donation will help ensure safe shelter and support services for local women and children experiencing violence. “Community leaders like the Masonic Association who prioritize equity, safety and an end to gender-based violence are absolutely vital…read more

Community gardens recovering from pandemic while tackling food insecurity

Global News | Community gardens like the one at St. Luke’s church have had a slow start with their crops this season, but are continuing to tackle food insecurity in the region. Helmed by Nourish, a YWCA program, the various locations throughout the city have been called “absolutely critical” by program heads. Watch Now

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