For some, holiday stress looks very different. Having to leave your home because it is not safe. Worrying about finding somewhere warm to sleep. Or maybe, struggling to find a job instead of putting up holiday decorations. For some women and their children this winter, this will be their reality.

Meet Sofia

After years of physical and emotional abuse that led to mental health challenges, Sofia lost custody of her daughter. Devastated, she fled her abusive partner but soon found herself with no where to go. Eventually she was sleeping in her car because it was the only place she felt safe.  On a particularly cold night, she knew she needed help. Thankfully she found YW Calgary’s emergency shelter. Watch Sofia’s story below.

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“I wasn’t safe at home
and I lost everything.
I just want to be the mother
I know I can be, for her.” 

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Contributions from people like you ensure that YW continues to empower families like Sofia’s. Not only does your donation keep women and families safe, healthy and warm, it helps provide counselling, employment supports and shelter. It also helps women feel less alone knowing someone like you cares. We can’t thank you enough. 

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