YWCA BLOG: Client Success Story

2014-05-13T07:55:31-06:00May 13th, 2014|Our View|

Angela was a client of YWCA Mary Dover House transitional housing multiple times from 2004-2012. She suffered many traumas in childhood and managed her pain through the use of drugs and alcohol. Many of her stays at YWCA Mary Dover House transitional housing ended in evictions, but she was always able to return, receive support, [...]


2014-05-02T12:48:28-06:00May 2nd, 2014|Our View|

On May 1, 2014, the YWCA kept our temporary winter shelter open for one more night to host our fundraising event YWCA KEEP A ROOF OVER THEIR HEADS®. The event took participants through the experience of spending the night at our YWCA Winter Emergency Response (WER) program, offered during the coldest months of the year [...]

YWCA BLOG: Client success story

2014-04-21T13:33:01-06:00April 21st, 2014|Our View|

The YWCA of Calgary offers counselling services for parents and children to help deal with family violence and set a path to healing, learning and thriving in a safe community. Read a success story from a client who accessed our counselling services in 2013: After leaving my abusive husband, it became clear over the weeks [...]

YWCA Blog: How one man is helping homeless women

2014-04-14T13:15:21-06:00April 14th, 2014|Our View|

On May 1st, YWCA KEEP A ROOF OVER THEIR HEADS® participant Pat Walsh will line up outside the YWCA to guarantee a place to sleep in our former gymnasium, which has been converted to an emergency shelter. For many women in Calgary, this process is a familiar one as the YWCA Winter Emergency Response program [...]

YWCA Blog: Why the YWCA of Calgary needs a new building

2014-04-07T11:13:38-06:00April 7th, 2014|Our View|

This morning the YWCA of Calgary issued a request for an Expression of Interest (EOI), seeking submissions from property developers to partner in the planning and development of a new YWCA facility in Calgary’s city centre. The YWCA is seeking potential land development partners to bring forward creative ideas to best leverage the YWCA’s property, [...]

Media advisory: YWCA Canadian Employment Skills graduation

2014-04-03T11:37:32-06:00April 3rd, 2014|Media Advisory|

On April 4, 2014, 21 graduates of the YWCA Canadian Employment Skills (CES) program will be embarking on the next phase of their Canadian experience. The CES program works with new Canadians that have professional backgrounds, experience and strong language skills but have been unable to find employment in their fields of expertise. YWCA Chief [...]

Homeless women find safe place to stay

2014-04-01T09:55:21-06:00April 1st, 2014|Our View|

Imagine trying to find a safe place to sleep during the cold nights in Calgary when the temperature dips down so low you feel the chill spreading through your bones. Your gloves are full of holes. The people who pass by ignore you. All you want is a warm place to sleep so you do [...]

YWCA Blog: Alternatives to burning money

2014-03-25T12:46:57-06:00March 25th, 2014|Our View|

Last week a radio station in Calgary burned $5,000 in a publicity stunt. The radio station asked Calgarians in a poll if they should incinerate $5,000 or give it away to the winner of a draw. According to the station, 54 per cent of tens of thousands of listeners voted to burn the cash. Last [...]

YWCA Blog: Prostitution laws should not punish vulnerable women

2014-03-17T14:59:57-06:00March 17th, 2014|Our View|

In December 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down three key prostitution laws under the Criminal Code and gave Parliament one year to come up with new legislation, if it chooses to do so. The Government of Canada is currently engaging Canadians in a consultation related to rewriting the laws. The following is a [...]