With the leaves changing and the crisp air, there is an unmistakable smell of a new season. Autumn can be a time of renewal, a time to shed the old and make way for a new season. At the YWCA Crisis Shelter and Residence autumn is just that: a time of change, a time to shift routine. Kids are back at school and activities are starting to change with the weather.
Best of all, traditional holidays are on their way. The YWCA Crisis Shelter and Residence celebrated with Thanksgiving festivities last week. Even for shelter residents who don’t normally celebrate Thanksgiving, there’s nothing more comforting than a home-made meal to share, enjoy and be thankful for. It’s as simple as that. We had turkeys and ham roasting, stuffing, veggies, potatoes, pies and punch all ready to be enjoyed.
The shelter is a place of safety and support for women and children who are transitioning in their own unique journeys. Something like a home cooked meal, laughter and teamwork can do a lot to create the homey feel our residents miss when staying somewhere they don’t necessarily call ‘home’.This year was relaxing and comforting, with turkey leftovers and a break from the day-to-day, a time to create memories for all.