COVID-19 Update

Updated Thursday, March 26th:

The YWCA’s commitment to providing Crisis and Support services to women who experience violence remains strong. 

Crossroads Shelter and HERS – Haliburton Emergency Rural SafeSpace are essential services for women and children fleeing violence in Peterborough and Haliburton County. We will continue to provide reliable, confidential support, resources, safety and information around the clock.

Crisis and Support services are available to women, as well as the people who love and support them, by phone (1-800-461-7656) or text (705-991-0110), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  

Our offices are closed to the public and we are doing our part to Flatten the Curve. Staff who usually work at our Simcoe Street Office, Women’s Centre of Haliburton County and Centennial Crescent Housing Community are working remotely and will continue to provide assistance by phone, text and email during regular business hours (Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm).  

YWCA staff are taking full measures to protect the health of women and children we support, ourselves and our co-workers, by diligently practicing physical distancing, following best practice hand hygiene and environmental disinfecting protocols, including increased disinfecting and cleaning of shared work spaces, as outlined by Peterborough Public Health. Anyone with symptoms or recent travel are self-isolating for 14 days and screening is now part of all interactions.

We know that dramatic health protection measures will impede the progression of the virus that causes COVID-19 disease. Many changes will continue in the coming weeks and we will monitor emerging issues that affect the safety of women and their families in the communities we serve.

We also know that people in our community really care about the health, safety and well-being of others. Many community members have kindly reached out to us, wondering how to help during this difficult time. We continue to accept donations online or by phone at 705-743-3526 and we thank those of you who already contribute on an ongoing basis.

We encourage you to consider helping where you feel it is most needed. Now more than ever, we know that caring for others will help us through the most difficult times ahead.

At this time we are focusing on the many changes needed to continue providing services that our communities rely on. For updates and information please check this page regularly, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.