YOU DID THIS!
All of the money raised at the Coldest Night of the Year goes towards the YW’s programs here in West Niagara.
It takes all of us, because it could happen to any one of us.
From the bottom of our hearts: THANK YOU!
What is the Coldest Night, anyway?
The Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) is a non-competitive 2/5/10km winter walk fundraiser that supports Canadian charities who serve the hungry, homeless, and hurting in cities across Canada.
CNOY allows participants the opportunity to experience a hint of the challenges faced by the homeless during a cold Canadian night in the dead of winter, while raising money for a local homeless mission or shelter they know.
How will Coldest Night of the Year help the YWCA WNAH?
CNOY will raise awareness about the need for the services that the YWCA West Niagara Affordable Housing provides. As well, it will raise the much needed funds to ensure these services continue. Participants will pay a $25 registration fee and be asked to collect pledges leading up to the WALK. One sponsor giving five dollars for each kilometre walked will help provide food and shelter for people who need our services so they don’t have to experience being homeless on the coldest night of the year.
About YWCA WNAH (formerly GAHP)
West Niagara Affordable Housing provides a solution to the lack of affordable rental housing in Grimsby and West Niagara and works to reduce and prevent homelessness for individuals of low and moderate income. We provide transitional supportive housing which helps lead individuals to self-sufficiency within one to three years. As a condition of entering the YWCA WNAH program, clients agree to participate in Skills Development workshops to aid them in moving towards self-sufficiency. A YWCA WNAH Transitional Support Worker meets with each client weekly to review their progress and assist them with goal planning, self-development and counselling.
The YWCA WNAH program enables people to change their lives, by providing the necessary supports to overcome barriers and work towards a healthier more safe and secure lifestyle.
YWCA WNAH Community Impact
Clients who have graduated from the YWCA WNAH program have moved on to home ownership, graduated a post-secondary school program and obtained full-time employment after using social assistance. Taking part in Skills Development workshops in Grimsby and from support provided by their Transitional Support Worker, clients show increased self-esteem and acquire skills that were lacking prior to coming into the program.
Clients frequently state that they have a sense of security by knowing that there is an organization in West Niagara they can access for housing and shelter options.
YWCA WNAH Community Support
We receive agency referrals from the following organizations: Grimsby Benevolent Fund, West Niagara Second Stage, West Niagara Community Care, Employment Help Center, Grimsby Life Centre, and Ontario Works. We also receive referrals from outside community agencies such as Gillian’s Place, Salvation Army Hamilton, Mary’s Place, Bethlehem Housing and Support Services, as well as YWCA Niagara shelter referrals and many more.