Project Highlight: YWCA Refurbishment
We support women and children through their journey away from domestic violence. We do the work we do because the community needs us. Sadly, domestic violence is not going away. Demand for our services increase every year and our shelter is typically over capacity on any given day. YWCA Durham is a turning point for women. We offer a variety of programs from an emergency crisis shelter, counselling and outreach programs to permanent Supportive Housing.
Wherever they are in their journey away from violence, we are there for them. Women need a safe and non-judgemental place to go, someone to talk to, resources to access and hope. We provide that. The women do the courageous work, they are the ones who will live with the impact of violence for their entire lives, but we strive to help them through it.
Many women we work with have been isolated financially and unable to work, so they have mounting barriers that prevent them from leaving their abuser. Many of these young women are unable to be on their own, so they often make the decision to stay in an abusive relationship. We want to provide as many opportunities as possible so they can empower and support themselves towards abetter life.
The programming offered over the years in the space encompasses defying the odds. Located in a priority community in downtown Oshawa, many of the people who have come through various programs in the centre are the most vulnerable in our region. Here they learn how to look to the future with the skills and relationships they grow in our Community Enrichment Centre. They’re building a better tomorrow for themselves.
This space saw over 10,000 visitors last year. The refurbishment now allows us to enhance the quality of programs offered here. With the new flooring, electronic basketball nets, a divider wall, fresh paint and brand new sporting equipment we’re able to create additional programming opportunities for the community. The space can be filled with the spirit of community - youth, active seniors, families interacting, community events filled with joy and social impact, and filled with those most vulnerable in the region. We’re so proud to be able tore-launch this space and create meaningful impact in the community.