Some of our Community Partners from TBTN2020 have additional message for the community here!
Mission Services (Inasmuch House and Willow’s Place):
Mission Services of Hamilton is a non-profit, multi-social service agency who believes every person deserves access to healthy food, safe housing, and opportunities for tomorrow. We have two major programs available for women.
Inasmuch House is a shelter for women (with or without children in their care) experiencing abuse or homelessness. Our services include support for children and youth, legal advocacy, and Learning Effective Anti-Violence in Families (LEAF). In addition to our 24-hour crisis line, during the pandemic we launched Text Inasmuch, a texting and web chat platform to provide women with more options to reach out to us for help and support. You can learn more at www.mission-services.com/inasmuch-house.
Crisis line: 905−528−8600
Text line: 289−212−6399
Willow’s Place is a low-barrier daytime resource hub at 196 Wentworth Street North for women experiencing homelessness and housing precarity. Our services include access to meals, showers and laundry, harm reduction supplies, transitional housing support, and community referrals. During the pandemic we have extended our hours to seven days per week, 9 am to 8 pm. We are currently focusing on serving women who are experiencing absolute homelessness, and are offering take-out meals and phone support to women who are precariously housed. You can learn more at www.misson-services.com/willows-place.
We’re here to support you! If you’re a member of the Mohawk College community, and have questions about the supports available to you, let us know. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or for more information. You are not required to disclose or report sexual violence in order to access supports and services.
YWCA Hamilton is a proud sponsor of the Virtual Take Back the Night event and a longtime partner in SACHA’s crucial work to end violence against women and oppression in all its forms. At its core, YWCA Hamilton is a feminist organization with a mission to strengthen women’s and girls’ voices, broaden their choices, build dynamic leadership, and provide essential and meaningful services that promote safe, inclusive and equitable communities. We have been doing this work for over 130 years, and while there has been great progress, we know there is still a long way to go. The global pandemic has changed all of our lives, but in many ways, it has impacted women most deeply – especially women from marginalized communities, many of whom were already facing violence, racism, economic insecurity, and systemic oppression.
YWCA Hamilton stands in solidarity with all survivors and we are committed to dismantling the structures that uphold violence and oppression, while envisioning new and better systems for the future. Through our work in women’s housing, youth services,
employment, advocacy, and strong community partnerships, we will reimagine what’s possible, resist limitations, and rebuild with purpose and hope. We are not looking for a “return to normal” – but rather, we are aiming to build a new normal, rooted in safety, equality and justice for all.
For more information about our programs, find us online:
Let’s Take Back the Night together.
The AIDS Network:
Like many organizations we are very eager to return to working out of our office and meeting spaces. However, we are choosing to continue exercising an abundance of caution, and will not be re-opening our physical spaces to the public at this time. We will continue to offer our adapted HIV support, harm reduction and education programs as outlined, and will continue to monitor the situation for the time being. We recognize that our physical office locations are important, safe spaces for the people we help, and we are all eager to return to our regular programs and services for people living with, affected by and vulnerable to HIV in Hamilton, Halton, Haldimand, Norfolk and Brant when we feel it is safe to do so. Our harm reduction outreach has continued without interruption through community outreach as well as our mobile van program in partnership with The City of Hamilton. Our van program has added additional service in the afternoon while continuing the evening outreach. Individuals can continue to reach out to our van program at 905−317−9966 for harm reduction supplies as well as naloxone. Our HIV support team are available for client intakes, case management and support remotely and in-person. In-person support is by appointment only. If you need support in Hamilton contact Kelly Rattray – Support Worker firstname.lastname@example.org, she will also connect you with support in other regions, if requested. Community development and education initiatives through our priority population network programs (Gay Men’s Sexual Health, Women and HIV/AIDS Initiative, and African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario) are being conducted virtually.
For more information, please visit www.aidsnetwork.ca