For over 40 years, YW has been providing safety and support for women and children fleeing domestic violence at our Sheriff King Home crisis shelter, located at 2003 16th Street SE.
Our services are in greater demand than ever before due to multiple compounding factors from the lasting impact of the pandemic, economic downturn, and the persistently high rates of domestic violence in Alberta.
Our intention has long been to redevelop YW Sheriff King Home site, as the previous facility was rapidly approaching the end of its lifecycle. YW Sheriff King Home Redevelopment project began in 2021 and involved the successful opening of the YW Crisis Shelter [link to https://www.ywcalgary.ca/programs/domestic-violence-shelter/], Taylor Home affordable housing [link to https://www.ywcalgary.ca/programs/affordable-housing/], and a shared private courtyard, located just steps from the YW Hub facility.
Utilizing the extensive expertise at YW and all three facilities, YW provides a continuum of service centred in dignity and focused on both prevention and intervention. This allows us to better meet the needs of women and children and support them as they take steps to breaking the cycle of abuse.
The availability of housing that is safe, trauma-informed, affordable, and allows women to regain autonomy in their lives falls short of the need, and YW is committed to addressing this issue by creating opportunities to improve the lives of vulnerable women and children.