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YWCA Hamilton

Our Mission

Women and girls have the rights, resources and opportunities to shape their own lives and define their communities.

YWCA Hamilton has a long tradition of advocacy in Hamilton Ontario and has been a strong voice, advocating for the improved status of women locally and through our affiliation with YWCA Canada and the World YWCA.

Upcoming Programs:

Putman Family YWCA – 52 Ottawa Street N

Putman Family YWCA

Affordable housing on Ottawa Street

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Milli Gould Entrepreneurial Centre

Education, training and start-up hub for women-led businesses

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Support for Two Spirit and LGBTQIA+ youth

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Immigration & Settlement

Support for women, youth and Two Spirit and LGBTQIA+ newcomers

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Uplift Program

Reskill or upskill in advanced manufacturing, data science and specialized technology fields.

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RISE Collective

Youth advocacy and empowerment programming

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Our Blog

Featured Story

Developmental Services Clients Gain Confidence with the “Shoot Your Shot” Basketball Program

Michaela Walker has two things on her mind: sports, and finding new ways to engage adults with disabilities through therapeutic recreation.
Michaela, in addition to being a fan of all things athletic, is a recent graduate of the therapeutic recreation program at Mohawk College. This winter, she was back at YWCA Hamilton for her third and final placement with her program, after completing her first work placement with us as well.
Therapeutic Recreation is used to help promote a sense of belonging, independence, and quality of life for individuals with physical, cognitive, emotional and/or social limitations. It could take the form of sports, games, arts and crafts, music, dance, or games. Therapeutic Recreation can help individuals improve their physical and cognitive abilities, increase confidence and self-esteem, foster greater involvement in the community, strengthen interpersonal skills and relationships, improve their coping and adaptation skills, and enhance their general wellbeing.

Michaela Walker (far left) poses with participants of our Developmental Services program. Michaela is completing her third workplace with YWCA Hamilton. She is a recent graduate of the Therapeutic Recreation program at Mohawk College.

YWCA Hamilton rests on the traditional territory of the Haudensaunee and Anishnaabeg.

This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties, within the lands protected by the Dish With One Spoon wampum agreement, and is directly adjacent to Haldimand Treaty territory.

We respect the longstanding relationships with the local Indigenous communities, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and the Six Nations of the Grand River.

YWCA Hamilton is dedicated to advancing opportunities for learning and education and is committed to the recommendation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions Report.

We encourage you to recognize and acknowledge the land that you occupy – wherever you may be visiting our website from.

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