North York Women's Shelter - Hope Lives Here

We welcome women and children leaving abuse and will help you find your way

Mother and Son at Shelter
Picture of Inside of Shelter

Our Mission

A place of safety, support and hope for women and their children who are survivors of violence and abuse.

Our Vision

A community characterized by gender equality where women and their children are empowered and safe.

We can help

If you are woman with or without children living with abuse we can help. The first is step is hardest, but once you make the decision to leave know that you will have shelter, safety and support at NYWS. If you are in crisis or concerned about another woman contact our 24 hour crisis line 416.635.9630

A United Way Member Agency | Charitable Registration No. 12981 9512 RR0001

New and Exciting Opportunities at NYWS!



The NYWS Board of Directors is currently looking to fill 2 Board Director vacancies. The Director is responsible for and agrees to:


 Promote the work and activities of the Shelter within the community

 Support Strategic Plan goals of developing transitional housing services and the Hope Blooms Capital Campaign

 Attend regularly scheduled board meetings on a monthly basis and come prepared to discuss and share information.

 Act as an ambassador and represent the Shelter at community events

 Join at least 1 Board Committee and contribute through committee work

We encourage applications from women who reflect the diversity of the community we serve, including but not limited to; survivors of violence, women of colour, Aboriginal women, lesbian/bisexual/queer/trans/intersex women, women with disabilities, women of all ages (18 plus) and women representing the range of socio-economic realities in our community.

We are looking for women who have a strong commitment to feminist practice and bring experience as well as expertise in at least 2 of the following areas:

Desired Expertise:

 Fundraising / Capital Campaigns / Marketing / Public Relations

 Transitional Housing programs and services

 Real Estate industry / Construction / Architecture / Design

 Superior networking skills and extensive network of contacts



 Anti-racism/anti-oppression education and practice;

 Demonstrated evidence of community involvement


The following are not mandatory but are considered assets:

 Previous board experience

 Violence against women sector experience


Please email a letter of interest and resume to

Application open until August 31, 2014


Background: Hope Blooms Capital Campaign

At NYWS, we know that women who are living with violence and poverty face major barriers, the number one barrier being safe, affordable housing. The average cost of housing in Toronto has risen dramatically, and the impact is seen every day in our shelter. With an average stay time of almost a year, families who are ready to move into their own homes are still living in the shelter for one key reason: Shortage of Housing.

We have developed a comprehensive plan that will free up bed space in our emergency shelter, shortening our wait times and allowing us to serve more families.

With the launch of our $4.5 million capital campaign, we will expand our services by creating transitional housing and support, offering families the independence they deserve.

 Transitional programming:

In August 2012, we achieved our first campaign goals and opened a new North York Women’s Shelter Head Office. This head office provides us a visible space in our community to offer our Transitional Support Services. From immigration assistance to job support, housing and legal support, active programming and counseling groups; we are here to serve the community. In addition, re-locating administration and transitional support services off-site frees up additional space in the emergency shelter to support programming and capacity needs.

 Transitional stage housing:

Transitional apartment units will provide families fleeing violence with safe and affordable housing along with access to support, helping families transition to independent living while freeing beds in our emergency shelter for families in immediate need.


We have a plan, we need your help.