Here is the reality, Niagara: We’re in our third province-wide lockdown + stay-at-home and we’re inundated with stress, COVID-fatigue, and even boredom. After more than a year of COVID, it is okay if you need to take some time to simply not think about the chaos, and to practice self-care. You’ve heard the saying before: … Continue reading Tried and true self-care tips tested by the YW team
Early in the pandemic, we talked about the increased risk COVID causes for women experiencing homelessness in Niagara. We know that not only would homeless women be more likely to get sick, we also recognize the challenges of self-isolating when you don’t have a home of your own. Women may be couch surfing with friends … Continue reading What does Ontario’s stay-at-home order mean for someone experiencing homelessness?
Over the last 15 years, Elisabeth Zimmermann has led the YWCA Niagara Region through challenging times and to incredible successes. In that time, the YW has served thousands of woman and their families with emergency shelter, transitional housing, and skills development programming to help them back on their feet. In honour of Elisabeth’s 15 years, … Continue reading Congratulations to our Executive Director, Elisabeth Zimmermann, on her 15 years of service!
We look forward to International Women’s Day every year. At the YW, it is the perfect time to look back and reflect on all of the work we have done for women in our community, but more importantly, we look forward to seeing ways that we can empower women in Niagara in the year ahead. … Continue reading #ChooseToChallenge: International Women’s Day 2021
We’ve been thinking a lot about illnesses and symptoms. How can we not when we don’t go a single day without thinking about COVID-19? One thing we’ve recognized over the last year is that COVID-19 isn’t the only illness plaguing Niagara. Poverty is a huge factor that influences our Region’s general health and we’re seeing … Continue reading Homelessness is a symptom of poverty – the parallels of homelessness and the global pandemic
It’s cold out there, Niagara. And you know what that means! Coldest Night of the Year – West Niagara is back for another year. It has been a crazy and unpredictable year, but we are excited to introduce you to CNOY 2021 in a way you have never experienced before – virtually! We can’t walk … Continue reading CNOY goes virtual in 2021: Here why you should still participate
If you turn on the news or scroll through your social media and instantly feel overwhelmed, you’re not alone. Every day, it seems like there are new global issues that require your time, attention, and most importantly, your compassion. Over the past year, there hasn’t been a day that’s gone by without us hearing, speaking, … Continue reading How to stay compassionate without compassion fatigue
I am not sure that I accomplished anything on my 2020 New Year’s resolution list (and that’s okay), but I know that it was important that I made one. New Year’s resolutions are an opportunity to set our intentions for the year ahead. I think that just by writing them down, we are in some … Continue reading New Year’s Resolutions for 2021
We’re nearing the end of the year, and just as many others do, we are reflecting back of the year to see how far we have come, what we have learned and how we have grown. This year… well, this reflection feels a little bit different. 2020 was filled with so much fear, uncertainty, and … Continue reading Things we learned in 2020… possibly the worst year ever
Women’s homelessness, like everything else that has been impacted by COVID-19, is different this year. This year, homeless women’s realities have worsened. Limited access to family The Niagara Region is seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases in late December. As the region sits in the Red Zone, Niagara residents are advised to limit their indoor … Continue reading Women’s homelessness during the holidays in the midst of a global pandemic: Why you should care
Canada is a country that is proud of and thrives on diversity. To celebrate and highlight this, we have put together a list of holidays that happen throughout December and the beginning of January. Saint Nicholas Day Date: December 6th “The legendary figure of St. Nicholas is derived from Nicholas of Myra who officiated as … Continue reading 9 Holidays Celebrated Throughout December and January
One of the most recent team successes starts with Susan and her 4-year-old son. Susan had a relationship breakdown with a best friend that she was sharing an apartment with, leaving her homeless and seeking shelter. She worked tirelessly to support her son and find housing in his school zone, while also trying to find … Continue reading Susan’s Journey: A story of perseverance
Linda came to the YWCA in October of 2018 with her two children. When she first arrived, she was struggling with depression. Her life was all out of sorts. After the tragic loss of her mother, depression started to settle in and affect her daily life activities. Linda stopped doing the things that brought her … Continue reading Linda’s Story: Helping women invest time in themselves
Hi my name is Sarah. I’ve lived through the YWCA’s housing programs for the last few years. In the time I came to the YWCA I was broken in so many ways. In the time I’ve lived at the YW’s St. Catharines Shelter, I have gotten help with my mental health with the support of … Continue reading Sarah’s Story: The Light at the End of the Tunnel
Organizations like the YW experience extensive barriers when trying to transition programs to accommodate the new virtual world we live in. From a lack of technology and gaps in training for the virtual landscape, it can feel impossible to support every woman, children and family that needs our support on the Niagara Region. However, we … Continue reading Supporting Niagara’s women in need virtually during a global pandemic
Stacy’s story of hardship began at a very young age. While both of her parents struggled with substance abuse, Stacy was forced to enter the foster care system. At the age of 9, Stacy lost her father in a motor cycle accident. This was just the start of a tragic series of losses in her … Continue reading Stacy’s Journey: Overcoming Tragedy