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 and job losses that is leading to a dramatic rise in violence. Here and around the world, women’s organizations are reporting that the need for safety and support has more than doubled.

At the same time, non-profit organizations like ours are facing increased costs for enhanced cleaning, disinfecting and hygiene supplies, causing already tight budgets to stretch to breaking point.

YWCA staff are committed to upholding the high standards of service and care our community has come to expect, yet even with additional government support for women’s shelters on its way, the funding gap persists.

Now more than ever, we know that caring for others will help us through the most difficult times ahead. We are in daily talks with colleagues at YWCA Canada, Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Housing (OAITH) and local service providers to find innovative solutions for the unique challenges women and their children currently face.

Together, we will be stronger. Thank you for adding your support.

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