(Source: Raising A Roof Website)
(Source: Raising A Roof Website)
(Source: Income Security Advocacy Centre )
Support the 5th Annual 2015 Keep a Roof Campaign and make a difference in the lives of women, men & youth living in St. Thomas & Elgin County.
Here’s how you can participate:
Donate TodayClick Here to visit our donation page or call 519-631-9800 to make a donation.
Purchase a Shingle on the “Model of Hope”Be a symbol of hope! The YWCA will be displaying their “Model of Hope” (a mini model home) throughout the community during the coming year. Local businesses, individuals and organizations are encouraged to sponsor a “shingle” for $250.00.
CLICK HERE to buy a shingle or call 519-631-9800.
This is the story of one of our residents:
Hello my name is Sonya*. I arrived at the YWCA Women’s residence after leaving home just over a year ago. I was raised in a controlling family that was immersed in a controlling cult. I was very isolated from the outside world. I could rarely leave the house and was not even allowed to attend school. I used books and music to escape the reality of living in an abusive home.
When I was nine years old, my sister and only sibling ran away from home. It had been years since I had any contact with her, but eventually we got in touch and she encouraged me to leave home. One day, I decided I had to leave home for good. Eventually, I ended up at the YWCA.
When I arrived at the YW, I had to learn to cope with the depression and anxiety I was experiencing while adjusting to the outside world and trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life.
Because of the YWCA, I was able to get my feet on the ground. I started volunteering and taking music lessons. A couple of weeks ago I played in an hour long recital where I was the only performer! I’ve decided to continue studying music and have applied to Western and hope to take my Bachelor of Arts in Music. Without the YW Women’s Residence and its positive influence in my life, I wouldn’t have had the safe place I needed to get my life on track: I don’t want to think of where I might have ended up. Now I’m planning a life where I’m able to fulfill my dreams.
Update: Sonya has been accepted into Brescia and will be starting in the Fall!
*Name changed to protect privacy.
Your donation will go directly into our supportive housing program.
Our housing programs are called “supportive housing” because we provide more than a roof over the heads of women, men and youth. Our residents are linked to a network of services including those that give them the opportunity to develop a variety of life skills. We help them develop life skills, set goals, increase their employability, and become better able to contribute to their community and broader society.
To learn more about our supportive housing program and our 3 residences, please CLICK HERE
Our 2015 Shingle Sponsors:
To those local businesses and individuals who have purchased a “roof” shingle with their name on it, in support of our Keep A Roof Model “Home of Hope” – We Thank You !
Disbrowe Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac Ltd.
Gastech Solutions Inc.
Dan and Marg Goodhue
Hollis Wealth/Action Financial Group Karin Barrie
Father Ernie Deslippe K of C Council
The Lighting Shoppe
Plains Baptist Church Ladies Aid
Real Canadian Superstore
Rotary Club of Aylmer
The Secret Shingle Sisters
Van Pelt’s Print Plus
Williams Funeral Home
Yarmouth Mutual Insurance Co.