Are you in a dangerous situation? Call the crisis line or 911.
Where to find us
10am - 6pm Daily
940 Sheppard Avenue West
Our Intake Process
About our Emergency Shelter
NYWS provides a 17 bedrooms emergency shelter with the capacity to house up to 40 women and their children, plus - a first in the Toronto area - a kennel for their pets! Our fully accessible space provides outdoor gardens for culturally specific foods and indigenous medicines, living rooms, tech lounge, meditation room, 2 full kitchens, gym, indoor and outdoor play areas.
"NYWS was more like a home than a shelter. I felt “held” without pressure"
Clients work with our team to define the goals and outcomes they would like to achieve through therapy. The program is committed to transparency, accountability and informed consent in all decisions regarding the women and their children.
Expressive Arts Therapy program
Expressive Arts Therapy uses an intermodal, approach to counselling by integrating all the artistic expressions such as music, theatre, poetry, dance, writing, drawing or other artistic form that uses the individual’s innate creativity. Art is used as a therapeutic tool to help initiate change or self-reflection.
Food Justice & Food Security program
The FSFJ program’s primary objective is supporting residents towards accessing their right to nutritious, culturally competent foods, resource development and the knowledge transfer and exchange (KTE) that comes with the community development. This is a protective factor for food insecurity for residents when they leave the shelter. FSFJ also creates cultural safety for Indigenous women and women of colour for whom a lack of culturally competent foods is a form of structural violence.
We are a pet-friendly shelter and pets are seen as part of your family.