With your support, West Central Women's Resource Centre can keep its doors open during this pandemic. The women who rely on WCWRC truly have nowhere else to turn. And nobody they can turn to.
We’ve all been directed to stay at home, but for the women in our community this is simply not possible. They do not have the resources to stock up on essentials and many do not have a home to stay in at all.
West Central Women’s Resource Centre is an essential service and we’re keeping our doors open for women in need. We must respond to the urgent demand for emergency housing solutions, help with intimate-partner violence, food, and hygiene products.
We are offering Emergency housing, income, and gender-based violence supports. We are providing take-away meals six days a week and have launched an outreach program to deliver food baskets to families in need so they can stay home. We are focussing on the most vulnerable: seniors, young families, and people with mental or physical challenges. This is an unplanned but necessary expense, costing us nearly $10,000 per month to deliver 50 food baskets per week to women in need. In addition, we started an outreach program to feed and check in on women on the street.
In our Centre, women can access essential services, such as laundry, shower, access to phone and computer, washroom, hygiene supplies, and Indigenous traditional medicines cedar and sage.
To keep women and staff safe, we limit entry to 5 women at a time, leaving plenty space for social distancing, we require everyone to wash their hands upon entry and sanitize everything after use.
We know that this pandemic will disproportionately impact women. The closures of daycares and schools is having a huge impact on women’s abilities to keep their employment, as they tend to be the primary caregivers. Women are also more likely to live in poverty, be single mothers, and, for many, staying at home can be more dangerous.
We need your help to flatten the curve, not only of the virus, but of the acute impact this is having on women. Living in poverty is a great stress and strain to begin with, and this pandemic is bringing women close to their breaking point. We’re seeing it every day. Please help them.