Andrea* came to Bracebridge a year ago, on Christmas Day, traumatized, knowing no one and without any of her personal possessions—not even a purse. At a time of year when everyone should feel they belong, Andrea was without even the most basic of belongings.
Our YWCA Muskoka team member sat with Andrea and came to know her story…
In the midst of cooking Christmas dinner, Andrea was faced with violence and had to flee her home immediately, with only the clothes on her back. She had no family support and was lucky to secure a bed at a local shelter and connect with YWCA Muskoka where her healing could begin.
Andrea began YWCA wellness programming. She made use of our gathering space—a drop-in where she could access telephone and internet. Over the year, she became involved in the community; she picked up small jobs to support herself; she developed effective strategies that have given her the ability to rise up and out of the darkness she was experiencing.
Because of you, Andrea’s purse is full again.
This year, she has an invitation to Christmas dinner and will be surrounded by the warmth of people who care about her. And she’ll be spending the holiday season with keys to an apartment of her own, where she belongs.
Now more than ever, it is essential for YWCA rural women’s services and programming to continue.
This holiday season, our goal is to raise $18,000, which will help continue our programs for women like Andrea in Muskoka. Since YWCA Muskoka the only organization currently running these important services, your generous donation will have tremendous impact:
$30 is enough to bring two women together in a supportive, safe environment to plan their personal and professional development.
$100 provides a program instructor for a few precious hours to teach women how manage life transitions and develop resiliency.
$900 gives a woman a new lease on life. Thirty classroom hours of valuable opportunity for learning and growth to develop healthy communication, identify personal strengths and build skills, knowledge and networks all in the comfort of a confidential group of women.
Thank you for your understanding, compassion and continued support. You are making a big difference in the lives of Muskoka women. Wishing you and your loved ones a warm, safe holiday and the very best for the New Year!