Organization profile published 1981

Publisher:  Nellie's, Toronto, Canada
Year Published:  1981  
Pages:  1pp  
Resource Type:  Organization
Cx Number:  CX2231

Nellie's is a short-term shelter for women in crisis.

Abstract:  Nellie's is a short-term shelter for women in crisis. It was opened in June, 1974 at its new location in a turn-of-the century house formerly owned by the YWCA. Nellie's is named after Nellie-McClung, Canada's famous suffragette., teacher, lecture, legislator, writerand ardent advocate of women's rights. Nellie's has 29 beds and offers a maximum stay of two weeks, with extensions under special circumstances. There is no waiting list. Nellie's turns no one away who is in need and is open 24hours a day.

While there are nearly 1000 beds for homeless men in Toronto, there are only about 150 beds for women. Women of all ages, coming from many difficult and sometimes desperate situations, knock on the door day and night. There they can find food, lodging counseling and time to sort out their problems.

In the fall of 1977, the YWCA closed its Broadview Branch and sold the property. Nellie's raised over $250,000 for the purchase, renovations and equipment of the property. Now, although Nellie's receives funds from metro Social Services and the United Community Fund, it still operates on s shoestring budget. Thus, Nellie's recruits friends who are willing to donate resources, both human and financial.

This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1981.
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