In a news release issued on Thursday, the organization said the new purpose-built YW Hub facility will provide safe spaces and hope for women and families who have experienced difficult challenges in their lives such as unemployment, isolation, poverty and family violence.
By also offering spaces specifically designed to include community, the facility will be a place of activity and engagement for all Calgarians, it said.
“We are deeply honoured to have Enbridge as the first Calgary-based corporation to make a significant gift to the Transformation Campaign and join us on this historic journey,” said Sue Tomney, chief executive officer of YW Calgary, in a statement.
“This fall, our neighbours in Inglewood, our partners in the sector and the women and families we serve will be welcomed into a bright and bustling building offering leading-edge programming thanks to community partners like Enbridge.”
Enbridge has contributed $500,000 to YW’s Transformation Campaign, which supports the YW’s focus on providing sustainable, uninterrupted access to programs and services necessary for women and families to thrive. This gift will empower the YW Community Kitchen, which provides opportunities for YW families and the community to connect, said the organization in the news release.
“Our focus is building a strong and safer community for everyone,” said Byron Neiles, Enbridge’s executive vice-president of corporate services.
“Food is a focal point for family and community, which is why the kitchen is the heart of any home. We are proud to support YW’s Community Kitchen to fuel connections in our community and help offer the comfort that makes a house a home.”
The new YW Hub facility will offer transitional housing and family supports, including counselling, language and employment skills training, parenting programs and childcare spaces. The design of this facility will offer new ways to engage employees, clients, volunteers and community partners, said the YW.
– Mario Toneguzzi for Calgary’s Business