A new building for Toronto's North York Women's Shelter

News Apr 27, 2017 by Fannie Sunshine North York Mirror

North York Women’s Shelter (NYWS) is getting a new building.

The new NYWS will replace the existing building at the Dufferin Street and Sheppard Avenue area site that has served women who are survivors of domestic violence and their children since 1984.

The provincial government will provide up to $3 million in funding for this project, while the federal government contributed up to $5.8 million.

The new 24,000-square-foot building will include 30 beds in 16 bedrooms, along with offering fully accessible rooms, individualized counselling, group counselling, employment skills training, life coaching, and programming for children.

"As our understanding of violence against women continues to evolve, we recognize that our response as both an organization and a society must become more complex, evidence-based and holistic,” Mohini Datta-Ray, executive director of NYWS, said in a recent release. “This significant investment means that this critical dream can be reality."

Construction is expected to begin in June, and is targeted for opening in spring 2019.

Beds in current use at NYWS will be absorbed by its partners, and all women currently receiving service from NYWS will continue to receive service without disruption.

“Each woman will have her own space for herself (and her children), to create an environment that is calm, dignified and empowering and therapeutic,” Datta-Ray said of the new building in an email. “Our current shelter houses 30 residents in six bedrooms and with three bathrooms between everybody. The new facility includes the ability to have wraparound services for women and community to create a safe, client-centred hub of violence against women services.”

In anticipation of demolition, she said NYWS has been moving women to sister violence against women shelters as space becomes available, adding a number of shelters are now being funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services to temporarily take on extra beds to ensure there aren’t loss of beds in the Toronto system as a result of the NYWS shutdown.

According to its website, the project to get a women’s shelter in North York began in 1980 when the women’s services committee of North York Inter Agency Council started proceedings to incorporate an organization to start a shelter after reports from two local hospitals said they treat four or five cases of battered women a week.

Since September 1984, NYWS has helped more than 11,000 women and children heal from the trauma of abuse.

The funding announcement was made by York Centre MP Michael Levitt on April 19, on behalf of Jean-Yves Duclos, minister of Families, Children and Social Development and minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), along MPP Helena Jaczek, minister of Community and Social Services.

“For women who have experienced violence, a shelter is often the first step to rebuilding their lives,” Jaczek said in a release. “This investment in North York Women’s Shelter is another example that illustrates the Ontario government’s commitment to investing in services that help women and their children that have experienced domestic violence.”

A new building for Toronto's North York Women's Shelter

Federal, provincial governments to kick in millions

News Apr 27, 2017 by Fannie Sunshine North York Mirror

North York Women’s Shelter (NYWS) is getting a new building.

The new NYWS will replace the existing building at the Dufferin Street and Sheppard Avenue area site that has served women who are survivors of domestic violence and their children since 1984.

The provincial government will provide up to $3 million in funding for this project, while the federal government contributed up to $5.8 million.

The new 24,000-square-foot building will include 30 beds in 16 bedrooms, along with offering fully accessible rooms, individualized counselling, group counselling, employment skills training, life coaching, and programming for children.

"As our understanding of violence against women continues to evolve, we recognize that our response as both an organization and a society must become more complex, evidence-based and holistic,” Mohini Datta-Ray, executive director of NYWS, said in a recent release. “This significant investment means that this critical dream can be reality."

Construction is expected to begin in June, and is targeted for opening in spring 2019.

Beds in current use at NYWS will be absorbed by its partners, and all women currently receiving service from NYWS will continue to receive service without disruption.

“Each woman will have her own space for herself (and her children), to create an environment that is calm, dignified and empowering and therapeutic,” Datta-Ray said of the new building in an email. “Our current shelter houses 30 residents in six bedrooms and with three bathrooms between everybody. The new facility includes the ability to have wraparound services for women and community to create a safe, client-centred hub of violence against women services.”

In anticipation of demolition, she said NYWS has been moving women to sister violence against women shelters as space becomes available, adding a number of shelters are now being funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services to temporarily take on extra beds to ensure there aren’t loss of beds in the Toronto system as a result of the NYWS shutdown.

According to its website, the project to get a women’s shelter in North York began in 1980 when the women’s services committee of North York Inter Agency Council started proceedings to incorporate an organization to start a shelter after reports from two local hospitals said they treat four or five cases of battered women a week.

Since September 1984, NYWS has helped more than 11,000 women and children heal from the trauma of abuse.

The funding announcement was made by York Centre MP Michael Levitt on April 19, on behalf of Jean-Yves Duclos, minister of Families, Children and Social Development and minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), along MPP Helena Jaczek, minister of Community and Social Services.

“For women who have experienced violence, a shelter is often the first step to rebuilding their lives,” Jaczek said in a release. “This investment in North York Women’s Shelter is another example that illustrates the Ontario government’s commitment to investing in services that help women and their children that have experienced domestic violence.”

A new building for Toronto's North York Women's Shelter

Federal, provincial governments to kick in millions

News Apr 27, 2017 by Fannie Sunshine North York Mirror

North York Women’s Shelter (NYWS) is getting a new building.

The new NYWS will replace the existing building at the Dufferin Street and Sheppard Avenue area site that has served women who are survivors of domestic violence and their children since 1984.

The provincial government will provide up to $3 million in funding for this project, while the federal government contributed up to $5.8 million.

The new 24,000-square-foot building will include 30 beds in 16 bedrooms, along with offering fully accessible rooms, individualized counselling, group counselling, employment skills training, life coaching, and programming for children.

"As our understanding of violence against women continues to evolve, we recognize that our response as both an organization and a society must become more complex, evidence-based and holistic,” Mohini Datta-Ray, executive director of NYWS, said in a recent release. “This significant investment means that this critical dream can be reality."

Construction is expected to begin in June, and is targeted for opening in spring 2019.

Beds in current use at NYWS will be absorbed by its partners, and all women currently receiving service from NYWS will continue to receive service without disruption.

“Each woman will have her own space for herself (and her children), to create an environment that is calm, dignified and empowering and therapeutic,” Datta-Ray said of the new building in an email. “Our current shelter houses 30 residents in six bedrooms and with three bathrooms between everybody. The new facility includes the ability to have wraparound services for women and community to create a safe, client-centred hub of violence against women services.”

In anticipation of demolition, she said NYWS has been moving women to sister violence against women shelters as space becomes available, adding a number of shelters are now being funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services to temporarily take on extra beds to ensure there aren’t loss of beds in the Toronto system as a result of the NYWS shutdown.

According to its website, the project to get a women’s shelter in North York began in 1980 when the women’s services committee of North York Inter Agency Council started proceedings to incorporate an organization to start a shelter after reports from two local hospitals said they treat four or five cases of battered women a week.

Since September 1984, NYWS has helped more than 11,000 women and children heal from the trauma of abuse.

The funding announcement was made by York Centre MP Michael Levitt on April 19, on behalf of Jean-Yves Duclos, minister of Families, Children and Social Development and minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), along MPP Helena Jaczek, minister of Community and Social Services.

“For women who have experienced violence, a shelter is often the first step to rebuilding their lives,” Jaczek said in a release. “This investment in North York Women’s Shelter is another example that illustrates the Ontario government’s commitment to investing in services that help women and their children that have experienced domestic violence.”