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YWCA - Elm Center

YWCA - The Elm Centre

YWCA’s mission is to be a strong advocate for women and girls, providing transformative services in the areas of employment and training, housing options and shelters, leadership development programs for girls and key supports for women and children who have experienced violence. 

May 22, 2012, the YWCA Elm Centre officially opened with a ceremony attended by the federal, provincial and city governments and hundreds of supporters, donors, neighbours and friends. The YWCA Elm Centre is the largest affordable housing project to be built in the city in at least a decade. The centre hosts YWCA Toronto’s administrative headquarters and an apartment building that features a concierge, courtyard and a rooftop garden. Set in downtown Toronto, the centre offers affordable homes to low-income women and their families, women living with mental health and addiction issues and families of Aboriginal ancestry.

2015 Groups Art Therapy Sessions

We began our partnership in 2015 and were able to facilitate 3 art therapy groups with women through the Bell: Let’s Talk grant that the centre received. Each group was 12 weeks long and each had a final exhibit open to residents, staff and friends and family to witness the artistic journey they experienced.  


2016-2017 Group Art Therapy Sessions

In 2016, the YWCA Elm Street Centre was fortunate to receive a grant from Echo that allowed us to facilitate 3 art therapy groups through August 2016 to March 2017. Each group consisted of 7 group art therapy sessions, with an 8th week to commemorate the group and each participant's individual journey.

On March 3rd, 2017, an art show was held to exhibit the art work created by the women in all 3 groups.