Y the W Campaign

Sad homeless child siiting on the floor in dark room

In 2020, The YWCA Niagara Region broke ground on a new family shelter combined with permanent housing apartments.

Currently, the YW’s family apartments are spread across St. Catharines. This can be
isolating for struggling families, and it requires excessive staff travel. This new building will deliver a proactive, cost-effective solution while allowing staff to provide a higher level of support, resources, and care. The new facility will encourage social interaction and a support network for families.

We are thrilled to announce Government of Canada Increases Funding for Women and their Families in St. Catharines. Read more here.

In addition, we would like to present the new Campaign Team. 


John Armstrong, Co-Chair
Cindi Loforti-Lepp, Co-Chair
Laurie Andrews, YWCA Board Member
Margaret Andrewes, former YWCA Board Member
Melinda Cheevers
Joyce Morocco
Anne Lennard-Otto


Ann-Louise Branscombe
Trevor Cooper
Betty-Lou Souter
Carolyne Watts

The Campaign staff team includes Elisabeth Zimmermann, Executive Director and Arienne Good, Campaign Manager supported by consultants Carrie Zeffiro and Bill Hallett from the Armstrong Strategy Group.

Throughout this pandemic, we have only become more aware than ever of how much we depend on the safety and security of our homes.  In a perfect world, everyone would enjoy these comforts.  Soon, because of people like you, more people will have a place to call home.  

The new YWCA facility will include:

• Four self-contained family units with 3 bedrooms in each unit
• 20 long-term permanent housing units with four of the units having 2 bedrooms
• A play space to normalize and create a child-friendly environment
• Communal green space for residents to garden, relax and spend time with
each other
• Common space for gathering, mingling, and building a support network
among residents and staff
• Centralized Administration




For more information, please contact Campaign Manager Arienne Good at 289-271-1329.