Community Resources

Housing Street Outreach

Housing Street Outreach has been developed to service residents of St.Thomas who are experiencing homelessness, at risk of homelessness, are using shelters locally or sleeping rough by helping improve their health, safety and housing outcomes. Call 519-633-1781 extension 210 or email
Housing Street Outreach

2-1-1 Ontario

211 connects people to the right information and services, strengthen Canada’s health and human services, and helps Canadians become more engaged with their communities. When you don’t know where to turn call 2-1-1 or visit their online resources.

Community Connections Guide: 2021 Edition

A guide to basic needs, supports and services throughout Elgin County. Please note this publication is produced every other year from data collected by The Healthline.

*Bi-annual publication, next edition coming in 2023

If you wish to order a hard copy of this guide, please call our main office (519) 631-9800 or email info@ywcaste.ca. Copies are $1/each while supplies last.

Community Connections Guide 2021

Food Programs and Services Guide for Elgin County  

This guide lists a variety of programs and services including, but not limited to: food access programs, food banks and emergency food services, gardening programs, transportation to assist with groceries, and nutrition services by Registered Dietitians. Compliments of Southwest Public Health.

Food Resources website

Recent News

Retail Associate (Youth Employment Contract)

Retail Associate (Youth Employment Contract)

Location: Connections, 302 Bridge Street, Port Stanley Hourly wage:            $14.50 for 12 weeks from September 2021 to February 2022 (Saturdays 10am-5pm & Sundays 11am-4pm) Anticipated Start date: Sept 11, 2021...

Retail Associate (Youth Employment Contract)

LINC English Language Instructor (part-time)

Position:                                 LINC English Language Instructor (part-time) Location:                                Sommerfeld Mennonite Church, Aylmer Report to:                               Manager of Settlement Services Start date:...

Retail Associate (Youth Employment Contract)

Before and After School Childcare Staff

The YWCA St.Thomas-Elgin is currently recruiting SUPERSTAR STAFF to fit the roles of our Program Supervisors, Program Assistants, Screener Staff, Floater Staff, and Relief Staff. We need: Some Super Reliable, Super Fun, Super Professional, Super Caring, Super Great...

New Executive Director Announced

New Executive Director Announced

June 23, 2021 A Message from our President   It is with great pleasure that I announce the new Executive Director for the YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin, Lindsay Rice. Lindsay will be starting officially in this role as of July 5th. The Board of Directors is both saddened...

Support in Bloom Spring Raffle Winners

Support in Bloom Spring Raffle Winners

New beginnings blossom here! This Spring we are proud to announce we will be hosting our first ever online raffle, Support In Bloom! All proceeds will support the variety of programs and services we offer. Whether it be extended learning through our Skills Training...

Announcing our 2021/22 Board of Directors Nominees

Announcing our 2021/22 Board of Directors Nominees

May 20, 2021 YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin announces proposed slate for Board of Directors for 2021/22. Erica Arnett – Erica has a Health Sciences degree from UWO and has been working in Public Health for over 15 years.  Erica recently completed her MBA.  Erica was a member...

Call to action for youth facing barriers

Call to action for youth facing barriers

LETTER TO MAYOR PRESTON, MP VECCHIO & MPP YUREK  May 2021 Dear Community Partners, Whether we’re adults, seniors, youth, or children, we know that we’re all struggling with the effects of COVID 19.  But did you know that the instances of youth suicide - both local...

Announcing our 2021/22 Board of Directors Nominees

Executive Director Announces Retirement

May 11, 2021 With mixed feelings, I announce that our Executive Director, Marla Champion, has informed the Board of Directors of her plans to retire. Marla joined the YWCA St Thomas Elgin as the Executive Director in 1993. Over the last 25 years, under her leadership,...

The Doug Tarry Challenge

The Doug Tarry Challenge

Time to Build! May 5, 2021 - Project Tiny Hope is a partnership effort between Doug Tarry Homes, the YWCA and Sanctuary Homes. We have a shared vision to bring quality, energy efficient, well maintained and supportive affordable housing to the community of St. Thomas....

Community Symposium Addressing Women’s Homelessness

Community Symposium Addressing Women’s Homelessness

On February 25, 2021 Taking Action on Women's Homelessness hosted our first ever virtual Community Symposium Addressing Women's Homelessness to hear how we together can help women experiencing homelessness in St. Thomas-Elgin! Taking Action on Women’s Homelessness...

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