Hope for the Holidays

Help make the holidays bright for all with a donation from our Wish List by Dec 15

Keep A Roof Over Their Heads

Your support will help fund vital poverty intervention and housing stability programs across Elgin County

Winter Aquatics

Dive into the details before Dec 22

Skills Training & Upgrading

Upgrade your skills through free computer training, introduction to Word, Landscaping Basics, and Intro to Computers for adults.


Check out our 3 newest Uplift Programs beginning in January including Agile Project Development, Business Metrics and Revit Architecture.

Youth Skills Development Program

Winter session begins Feb 5

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Our History

Since 1902 we have proudly provided much needed services and programs to the community of St. Thomas and Elgin County. Read more…

Land Acknowledgement 

Our Mission, Beliefs and Board of Directors

With compassion, strength and diversity the staff and Board of Directors come together to create positive changes in our community. Learn more…

Lisa’s journey

A reflection of the Housing Supports offered through the YWCA.  Struggling with generational poverty, abuse and addictions, at age 48 Lisa was referred to the YWCA St. Thomas Elgin by her continuing education teacher. Lisa was trying to make changes in an environment...

Amy’s journey

Amy now holds her head up high; with a radiant smile and looks forward to the future.

Courtney’s journey

Home is not a place… it’s a feeling

Natalie’s journey

The YWCA gave me the opportunity to start over and choose a better life.

Recent News

YWCA Ontario Coalition Response to 2023 Provincial Budget

YWCA Ontario Coalition Response to 2023 Provincial Budget

March 29, 2023 One of the two themes of this year’s provincial budget, tabled by Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy on March 23, was “Working For You.”  However, YWCA Ontario, a coalition of 10 YWCAs across the province, remains unclear about who the budget is...

YWCA Ontario Coalition Response to 2023 Provincial Budget

Ontario Budget 2023: YWCA Ontario Pre-Budget Submission

February 9, 2023 The Honourable Peter BethlenfalvyMinister of Financec/o Budget SecretariatFrost Building North, 3rd Floor95 Grosvenor StreetToronto, ON M7A 1Z1 submissions@ontario.ca Dear Minister Bethlenfalvy: YWCA Ontario is a provincial coalition of YWCA Member...

City Council Takes Big Step in Support of Tiny Hope

City Council Takes Big Step in Support of Tiny Hope

February 13, 2023 St.Thomas – As you drive down Talbot Street in St.Thomas there is no shortage of evidence of addiction, mental health challenges and an increasing need for supportive housing in our community.  In a unanimous vote Monday, February 13 City Council...

Project Tiny Hope sees the Doug Tarry Difference

Project Tiny Hope sees the Doug Tarry Difference

February 7, 2023 St.Thomas – Understanding a community’s needs and responding with innovation, passion and capital, YWCA St.Thomas-Elgin is honoured to announce a recent donation by Doug Tarry Homes of $500,000 towards Project Tiny Hope. Project partner and healthy...

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