Funding Our Growth
We did it! Thank you for helping to make the Second Shelter, Second Chances Capital Campaign a success. Yellow Brick House is pleased to announce that our second emergency shelter has opened as of February of 2012. Thank you for helping to save lives.
CURRENT CHALLENGE – Yellow Brick House is in need of operational and program funding so that we may continue to offer the vital, life saving services and programs our women and children need so desparately.
Yellow Brick House is struggling to meet the needs of abused women and children in our community. We are feeling the pressure of our community’s population explosion: by 2026, 1.5 million people will be living in York region, essentially double the population of 2001.
Although Yellow Brick House provided shelter and support to nearly 4000 women and children last year, it was not enough. Insufficient capacity in our shelter meant we had to turn away 375 children and 172 women, a staggering 547 in total, and the consequences are heartbreaking.
Safe shelter from abuse can be a matter of life or death. Many women ready to make the brave decision to leave an abusive situation are forced to stay in dangerous homes until a shelter bed becomes available. Some seek shelter in other parts of the province, far from family and friends. Others may lose their courage to flee domestic abuse when there is no support available.
We must act now to meet the critical need for additional shelter beds in York region. With no government funding provided for capital projects, we must raise the capital and operating funds to buy land and build the second shelter we so desparately need. The Second Shelter — Second Chances capital campaign has a goal of $4 million by 2011.
Our Capital Campaign team is hard at work, raising awareness and seeking donations. Every contribution makes a difference, whether in financial donations (big or small, one-time/monthly/annually), in-kind gifts, or through fundraising events.
The most immediate and significant contribution you can make to Capital Campaign, Second Shelter, Second Chances, is to donate today.
Special events organized by community members like you are an important source of funds and make a difference in reaching our goal to open a second shelter in the southern area of York Region. These initiatives also help spread awareness about domestic abuse and the services provided at Yellow Brick House. Women often reach out to our services after hearing information through a community-based event. Help us fundraise.
For more information on how you can help support the Yellow Brick House Capital Campaign, Second Shelter, Second Chances, please call 905-709-0900 Ext. 2233 or fill out the form below.