Keep a Roof Over Their Heads

Homelessness DOES exist in St. Thomas & Elgin County

Many people picture the homeless as those living on the streets, in parks, in doorways and in other public places. But the “hidden homeless” – an estimated 80% of those without a place to call home – are much less visible.

(Source: Raising A Roof Website)

One-fifth of Canada’s homeless population is between the ages of 13 & 24

In Canada young people aged 13-24 make up about 20% of those experiencing homelessness, according to Without a Home: The National Youth Homelessness Survey. In April 2018, the City of St. Thomas as the local provincially appointed Service Manager facilitated its first Homelessness Enumeration Project to gain a better understanding of the scope and depth of homelessness locally. During the 2018 Enumeration, 26 unaccompanied youth between the ages of 16 and 24 were identified as experiencing homelessness. Youth represented 20% of the population experiencing homelessness in the area, matching the national average (Stephen Gaetz, Erin Dej, Tim Richter, & Melanie Redman (2016): The State of Homelessness in Canada 2016. Toronto: Canadian Observatory on Homelessness Press).

%

of youth in Canada experience homelessness

Help ‘Keep a Roof’ over the heads of at-risk women, men & youth in our community.

Housing is simply not affordable

In 2020, the average market rent for a one-bedroom apartment in St. Thomas was $725. (CMHC-SCHL Primary Rental Market Statistics) The current maximum shelter allowance for an Ontario Works (social assistance) recipient is $390. For someone receiving ODSP, the maximum is $497. (Source: Income Security Advocacy Centre)

Average one-bedroom apartment in St. Thomas

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 set goals, increase their employability, and become better able to contribute to their community and broader society.

Our Supportive Housing program includes our 6 residences (Horizon House, Unity House, Harmony House, Fairwinds for Youth, YWCA Women’s Residence and Second Story our Men’s Residence),

Donate today!

By phone (519) 631-9800 or toll-free at 1-800-461-0954

By mail or in person 16 Mary St. West, St. Thomas, ON, N5P 2S3

Online today through our secure online donation system

Send an eTransfer to finance@ywcaste.ca

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Thank you to our generous community for Keeping A Roof Over Their Heads. 

With your contribution we raised $61,508 during our 2020 Campaign.

You have helped provide housing and supports for people in our community  – a clean, safe and supportive place where they can begin the journey to wellness.  Having safe and affordable housing is the first step to pursuing employment, education, goal setting and a healthy lifestyle.

Platinum Sponsors ($5,000 +)

Duggie & Ted Gill

1password logo

Debbie Hamilton & Associates Ltd

Cooperators Insurance
Doug Tarry Homes
Westminster Mutual Insurance logo
myFM 94.1 St.Thomas logo

Gold Sponsors ($3,000)

Green Lane Community Trust Fund

Hayhoe Homes
St.Thomas Legion Branch 41
your company logo could go here - sponsors today

Silver Sponsors ($2,000)

your company logo could go here - sponsors today

Bronze Sponsors ($1,000)

Don and Hazel Charitable Foundation

Fellowship Christian Reform Church

Liz & David Currie, In memory of John Lounsbury

Sheddon Oddfellows #310

Southwestern Tax Services

The Aylmer Express

The Forever Legacy Foundation, Port Stanley

Oegema Turkey Farm
your company logo could go here - sponsors today

Donors ($1-249)

Barbara Campbell
Central United Church
Chris Gordon
Johnathan Hill, Desjardins Insurance & Financial Services
Marilynn Andrews
Nancy Stratford
Sarah Lounsbury & Derek Weaver
Shirley Broadbent

Shingle Sponsors ($250)

Anne Kenny
Brian & Mary-Ellen Bolt
Bulk Barn St.Thomas
Carole Watson
Debackere Farm Market
Elizabeth Sebestyen
Geerlink’s Home Hardware, St.Thomas
Greg & Cathy Grondin
Huron Tractor
Judith Durkee
Judith Wiley
Mary Ellen Bolt
Sandi Pyper
Sharon Battley
Shawn Jackson Funeral Home
Sine Herold
Stewart Shouldice
University Women’s Club St.Thomas (Community Engagement Fund)
Walter Ostojik & Sons Ltd
Wendy Cowie
West Elgin Mutual Insurance
Williams Funeral Home
Van Pelt’s Print Plus

Brick Sponsors ($500)

Aylmer Lioness Club
Barb & Bruce Green
Beamish Landscape Services
Don West Custom Homes
Judy & Bob Upsdell
Julie Farquhar of Westminster Mutual Insurance
Knights of Columbus Council (Father Ernie Deslippe)
Living Hope Community Church
Port Stanley Lioness Club
Royal Canadian Legion, Port Stanley
Sandra Datars Bere
Silverthorn Landscape Supplies
Yurek Pharmacy Limited

Through our 2019 campaign our community raised $ 47,170

Click here to view our 2019 donors

Lisa’s journey

A reflection of the Housing Supports offered through the YWCA.  Struggling with generational poverty, abuse and addictions, at age 48 Lisa was referred to the YWCA St. Thomas Elgin by her continuing education teacher. Lisa was trying to make changes in an environment...

Amy’s journey

Amy now holds her head up high; with a radiant smile and looks forward to the future.

Courtney’s journey

Home is not a place… it’s a feeling

Natalie’s journey

The YWCA gave me the opportunity to start over and choose a better life.

Questions?

For more information about our Keep A Roof Campaign, please complete the form below and our Keep A Roof Coordinator, Sarah Lounsbury, will be in contact with you.

Please note inquiries will be reviewed within 2-3 business days.

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