Emily came to the YWCA residence because she had nowhere else to turn. She had recently given birth to her son and gave him to a local agency because she didn't feel that she had the skills, finances or housing to properly raise him. Emily desperately wanted him back but first she had to get her life in order. Emily's stay at the YWCA lasted just two months. However, those could have been the most important months of her life. She was able to take the time to get her life together for herself and her son. After leaving the YWCA Emily did get her son back and she is looking forward to a brighter future with him. Emily might not have been able to achieve this without the help of the YWCA Women's Residence.
The YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin is part of a world wide organization that supports women and their families by providing services that educate and empower each individual to move forward in their lives. Many of our clients are low income and come to us with little or no resources. Our focus is to provide safe housing and programming that help women move from dependence to self sufficient independence. Program include YWCA Women's Residence; Harmony House & Fair Winds Housing for Youth; Youth Employment Programs; Youth Leadership and Development; Newcomers Settlement Services; Adult Basic Education and Employment; Life Skills, Life Coaching and Before & Afterschool Childcare.
The community of St. Thomas & Elgin County is facing many challenges in light of significant local layoffs and plant closures. If you're from this community, participating in our team is a great way to support those at home who need it the most. If you're not from our community, participating is a great way to give back to an area that is facing significant challenges.
Visit www.ywcastthomaselgin.org for more information on our programs and organization.
Register to Walk, Run or Wheelchair the 5km, Half Marathon or Full Marathon. Sign up with ARTEZ online fundraising system and create your own fundraising page or download a pledge sheet. Set a personal goal and collect pledges from your family, friends, neighbours and co-workers. Persuade others to join the team. For more information on incentives and other ways to get involved contact us through the information below.