Every day, we hear stories of good things happening in
the lives of the women, children, and families

VIDEO Small Stories, Big Results


who turn to YWCA. Every day, women, children and youth Say Yes! to positive changes in their lives, opening doors to a future full of hope and promise. Read about...

  • Carter—a boy who just wanted a chance to be a boy. More...
  • Carrie, who was struggling to find a new home away from an abusive partner. More...
  • Jabir, a new Canadian child who loves soccer, and spending time with his adult mentors. More...






There's a critical need in our community for YWCA programs...

Good things are happening—but so much remains to be accomplished:

  • Young women continue to struggle with issues of body image, healthy relationships and self-esteem
  • Young men are influenced by the messages of violence and sexism that pervade advertising and entertainment
  • Saskatchewan has the highest reported provincial rate of domestic violence and intimate partner homicide
  • Poor women face barriers from landlords, public services, and potential employers
  • Lacking space, we turn away more than 500 women from our shelters each year—and many women stay in unsafe relationships just to keep a roof over their heads


Small stories Big results

A chance to be a boy
When 12-year-old Carter* came to Kids in Transition Shelter from a home rife with addiction and abuse, his fits of rage were frequent and extreme. He swore and screamed at staff, and often threatened self-harm. But under the angry surface, Carter just wanted a chance to be a child—to be free of the burden of being the primary caregiver for his little brother and to feel the security of having a set plan for the day. Little by little, staff taught him to identify and talk about his feelings before he lost control. One simple strategy was to encourage him to go to the kitchen and ask for hot chocolate when he felt his anger and frustration starting to build. Over time, the real boy emerged—a problem-solving computer game enthusiast, a fun-loving practical joker, and a new Cadet who takes a special delight in wearing his uniform.

* Not his real name--but the story is true


“You believed in me!”
After several weeks at Isabel Johnson Shelter, Carrie* was disheartened. Determined not to return to her abusive partner and to make a better home for her 5-year-old son, she had been searching for a new place to live. But time after time, landlords turned her down—because of her child, or because she couldn’t bear the thought of giving up the family pet. Staff noticed that Carrie was isolating herself in her room more and more, and besides practical support with rental lists and applications, they encouraged her to talk about her struggle, and kept on affirming how much they believed in her. Then one day Carrie burst into the office and high-fived the staff with the news that she’d found a place! “I’d almost given up,” she said. “Knowing you believed in me made the difference.”

* Not her real name--but the story is true


The power of mentorship
When Jabir* heard about the Big Sisters program from his big sisters, he just wanted to know if boys could join! From a Sudanese refugee family, he was struggling with school, especially with learning to read in a strange new language—and his parents were working hard to overcome the impacts of poverty and PTSD. He was soon matched with a young married couple—and also with a tutor through the Big Boost program. His new mentors enrolled him in soccer, driving him to weekly games and tournaments, and celebrating with him when he won awards. Now 10 years old, Jabir is doing well in school, and his bubbly personality and openness to new experiences are a delight to everyone who knows him.

* Not his real name--but the story is true