CTV Calgary is partnering with Golden Acre Garden Sentre this holiday season to reach out to women and children affected by family violence and poverty. 

We are proud to once again present the Give the Gift of Safety Campaign by supporting the YWCA and are encouraging Calgarians to support this important initiative to ensure all women and children are safe and sheltered this holiday season.

Over the past four years we have raised thousands of dollars for the Y and hope to add to the coffers this year.

The YWCA is a haven of safety for women escaping abusive and controlling relationships and operates seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Sanae came to Canada from Morocco to escape a bad relationship and start a new life in a place where her gender and religion wouldn't limit her.

She wanted to learn English and get a job as quickly as possible so the Y connected her with safe housing and classes.  

“YMCA help me a lot because I make easier friend and they teach me courage and opportunity to continue my study,” said Sanae.

The Sheriff King Home is a YWCA facility and is set up to help women like Sanae.

The shelter houses 42 women and their children and was the very first domestic violence shelter constructed in North America.

The families stay about three weeks at the facility until they get back on their feet and start rebuilding their lives.

The shelter offers a place to stay, food, counselling, referrals and a follow up service and there is no cost for services.

Your donation can make a difference in the lives of women and children in our community so please join us on Wednesday December 12th as we broadcast live from 5:30 am to 7:00 pm at Golden Acre Garden Sentre.

Click here for more information on the Give the Gift of Safety Campaign.