You have seen her on the train, taking her children to a doctor’s appointment. She struggled to find enough money to pay the $3 fare. It came out of her budget for groceries.

You have seen her at work. She hid her bruises from you with a long sweater in the middle of a hot summer.

You have seen her coming out of a public washroom, her hair wet because it’s the only place she’ll be able to clean herself.

She is homeless.

Watch our video to learn more about women and homelessness in Calgary:

On any given evening the YWCA serves up to 200 women who are experiencing homelessness.

On May 1, 2014, as part of YWCA KEEP A ROOF OVER THEIR HEADS®, Calgarians will have the opportunity to ‘see one night through her eyes’ by sleeping homeless on a cot on the gymnasium floor.

YWCA KEEP A ROOF OVER THEIR HEADS® is a fundraising and advocacy event that allows Calgarians to learn more about the barriers women face while experiencing homelessness. Donations from this event support the YWCA’s ability to offer a continuum of services focused on empowering women to move from a position of vulnerability to one of sustainable strength and opportunity.

YWCA CEO Sue Tomney, and Calgary Currie MLA Christine Cusanelli have both signed up to spend the night at our shelter. YWCA vice-chair, Patty McLeod, has signed up and is our top fundraiser so far – she has raised more than $10,000 for vulnerable women!

Please continue to support the YWCA. You can choose to donate a safe secure bed for a night, a month of counselling and referrals, food for 100 clients for a week and more.

Thank you for your ongoing support!