YWCA Board members Laurie Intven and Pam Huber with 2014 Model of Hope Home
The YWCA St. Thomas Elgin is pleased to announce that they have kicked off their
fourth annual Keep A Roof Campaign. This fundraising campaign is in support of the
supportive housing programs that offer safe, affordable housing to youth, women
& men in St. Thomas & Elgin County.
"We might not always see it but homelessness does exist in St. Thomas & Elgin County,"
says Marla Champion, YWCA Executive Director. "By providing supportive and affordable
housing in our community we are often preventing a cycle of poverty that can last
a lifetime. We're able to offer these important programs through the incredible
support of our community. The Keep A Roof Campaign is a great way to give back and
make a real difference in the lives of those at-risk of homelessness in St. Thomas
& Elgin County!"
The Keep A Roof Campaign kicked off at St. Thomas Home and Garden show and will
continue throughout the month of April. Proceeds will support YWCA housing programs
that offer supportive, affordable housing to youth, women & men who are at-risk
of homelessness. Those interested can donate or purchase a shingle on the YWCA's
Model of Hope home. For more information or to donate, individuals or businesses
can visit www.ywcastthomaselgin.org or by calling 519-631-9800.
About YWCA St. Thomas Elgin's Housing Program:
YWCA Harmony House & Fair Winds for Youth: These homes are for youth between
the ages of 16-24 who find themselves without the supports necessary to make a healthy
transition from youth to adulthood. While at the home they are required to be in
school or working and must work towards personal goals.
YWCA Women's Residence: Established in 1928, our Women's Residence on Mary
Street is a warm and inviting 21 bed facility that provides emergency, transitional
and long-term housing. Residents requiring emergency support are provided with housing,
food and toiletries and have access to our in-house programs including tutoring,
literacy and computer training
YWCA Men's Residence: For many years, St. Thomas has had very little options
for men who found themselves without stable, affordable housing. In 2013, the YWCA
along with community partners opened "Second Story" a new Men's Residence that offer
men stable and supportive housing, similar to the services offered at our Women's