YWCA Arise is a free shelter for women and their children fleeing abuse. We offer a safe, caring home and the counselling and support women need to heal and plan for the future.


What does this program offer?

A temporary place to live:

  • a furnished room for every woman and her children
  • shared bathrooms 
  • nutritious meals and snacks (we support families with their health and cultural dietary needs and do not purchase pork)
  • a welcome kit upon arrival (toiletries and personal care items)
  • secure building with closed circuit cameras
  • YWCA staff available at all times
  • assistance applying for a personal needs allowance
  • access to clothing bank
  • indoor children's playroom and outdoor playground
  • a community garden


A place to thrive:

  • warm staff who specialize in areas including children and parenting, mental health, violence against women, addictions, immigration, trauma and housing
  • one-on-one counselling for women and their children
  • help to find safe, affordable housing
  • help to establish a safety plan
  • referrals to lawyers, doctors
  • accompaniment to appointments if requested
  • help with job search or return to school
  • referrals to community resources
  • family-based activities and celebrations
  • ongoing support after women leave the shelter
  • partnership with local schools
  • support in many languages through staff and cultural interpreters
  • current languages spoken by YWCA staff: Mandarin, Polish, Hindu, Urdu, Croatian, Slavian, Punjabi

Who is this program for?

  • for women and their children fleeing violence

Who do I contact?

24-hour line
416-929-3316
arise@ywcatoronto.org