For Immediate Release

YWCA CALGARY AND ENBRIDGE ANNOUNCE COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP

CALGARY, May 16, 2019 – YWCA Calgary is pleased to announce a new partnership with Enbridge Inc. focused on building and connecting community in the new YW Hub facility in Inglewood– the new home of YW.

This purpose-built facility will provide safe spaces and hope for women and families who have experienced difficult challenges in their lives such as unemployment, isolation, poverty and family violence. By also offering spaces specifically designed to include community, the YW Hub facility will be a place of activity and engagement for all Calgarians.

“We are deeply honoured to have Enbridge as the first Calgary-based corporation to make a significant gift to the Transformation Campaign and join us on this historic journey,” says Sue Tomney, Chief Executive Officer, YW Calgary. “This fall, our neighbours in Inglewood, our partners in the sector and the women and families we serve will be welcomed into a bright and bustling building offering leading-edge programming thanks to community partners like Enbridge.”

Enbridge has proudly contributed $500,000 to YW’s Transformation Campaign which supports the YW’s focus on providing sustainable, uninterrupted access to programs and services necessary for women and families to thrive. This significant gift will empower the YW Community Kitchen which provides opportunities for YW families and the community to connect.

“Our focus is building a strong and safer community for everyone,” says Byron Neiles, Enbridge’s Executive Vice President, Corporate Services. “Food is a focal point for family and community which is why the kitchen is the heart of any home. We are proud to support YW’s Community Kitchen to fuel connections in our community and help offer the comfort that makes a house a home.”

The new YWCA home will offer support for women through transitional housing and family supports including counselling, language and employment skills training, parenting programs and childcare spaces. The design of this facility will offer new ways to engage employees, clients, volunteers and community partners.

For ­­­more than a century, YW Calgary has evolved to meet the changing needs of women and community. The YW Transformation Campaign is the next step in this evolution. For more information, visit www.YWSheMatters.ca.

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About YW Calgary:

YW Calgary is the largest and longest serving women’s organization in Calgary. For more than a century, we have focused on enhancing women’s safety and well-being while advocating for equity. In 2018, YW Calgary supported more than 5,800 Calgary women and families. Together with our donors, government and other social agencies, we provide shelter, supportive housing, counselling, child development, childcare, education and employment programs that help move women from crisis to stability.

Women-centred. Brighter-future focused.

ywcalgary.ca

 

For information please contact:

Carla Link

Director, Communications & Community Engagement, YWCA Calgary

Cell: 587.228.8663 l Email: clink@ywcalgary.ca

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