Community Resources

Crisis Services

Women’s Centre of York Region is NOT a crisis centre. If you are facing an urgent crisis or emergency PLEASE CALL any of the following help lines, or go directly to the nearest hospital that has an emergency department.

Crisis Help Lines

  • 310-COPE(2673)
  • Emergency 911
  • Kids Helpline 1-800-668-6868
  • Southlake Adult Crisis (905) 895-4521 ext 2666
  • Toronto Rape Crisis Center (416) 597-1171
  • York Region Crisis Centre (905) 310-2673
  • Women’s Support Network 1-800-263-6734
  • Assaulted Women’s Helpline (Multi-Lingual) 1-866-863-0511

Shelters

  • Leeder Place Emergency Family Shelter (Newmarket) (905) 898-1658
  • Sutton Youth Shelter (Georgina) for Males & Females 16-24 (905) 722-9076
  • Blue Door Shelters (905) 898-1015
  • ETA Vaughan Women’s Shelter 1-877-382-1888
  • Sandgate Women’s Shelter (905) 722-4043
  • Yellow Brick House Women’s Shelter 1-800-263-3247

Legal and Housing Support

York Region Centre for Community Safety

YRCCS will allow for different initiatives addressing violence against women, men and children in York Region to come together in a more coordinated and proactive way by providing structure and a centralized place to meet. Partner organizations have the ability to provide more seamless support to clients through an integrated intake procedure. When a client enters the Centre, she or he only has to tell his or her story once and, with documented permission and consent, this information can be shared with other service providers who will be providing support.

CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario)

CLEO provides clear, accurate, and practical legal rights information to help people who have low incomes or face other barriers, such as language or literacy, to understand and exercise their legal rights.

Family Justice

The Family Justice Initiative is a federal program that supports families who have experienced violence. The website has resources for children to help them deal with divorce or separation.

Housing Help Centre of York Region

The Housing Help Centre maintains a housing registry to assist individuals in securing affordable accommodation that exists in the private rental market. The Centre is operated by the Affordable Housing Committee of York Region, a not-for-profit advocacy group made up of community volunteers and funded by the Regional Municipality of York. The Housing Help Centre is also an ID clinic.

Legal Aid – Community Legal Clinic of York Region

Legal support services for low-income people. Assistance with Ontario Works, Employment Insurance and Ontario Disability Support Program claims.

Family Law Education for Women

Are you having family difficulties? Dealing with issues like divorce, custody or support? Plain language legal information on women’s rights under Ontario family law is available in 14 languages and in multiple formats.

Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, and Queer Support and Resources

York Rainbow Support through Family Services York Region

York Rainbow Support: provides Individual, Couple and Family Counselling Services for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two Spirit, Queer & Questioning, hosted by Family Services of York Region

Gay York Region

GayYorkRegion is a non-profit service which represents local LGBT needs and concerns in our community, coordinates social, support and youth group initiatives and assist other LGBT related service providers in York Region.

Counselling and Mediation Services

Salvation Army

Salvation Army provides support to children and families in the form of shelter, clothing, and food. As well, they provide rehabilitation counselling to individuals battling addiction.

Bereaved Families – York Region

Bereaved Families ~ York Region provides bereavement support services by trained volunteers and staff to individuals and families grieving the death of a loved one.

Family Services York Region

Family Services York Region provides counseling, education, and support services to individuals, couples, and families to help them understand and resolve difficulties, challenges and transitions that they may be experiencing in their lives, at school or work, and in their relationships.

Blue Hills Child and Family Centre

Family Mediation Services provide on site mediation services to deal with minor issues and judge-referred mediations on narrow issues related to family problems such as disagreements about the care and custody of children after separation and visiting arrangements. Off site family mediation available for resolving care and custody disputes, visitation arrangements, child and spousal support payments and the division of property and assets. An alternative to the court system.

Catholic Community Services of York Region

CCSYR is a multicultural agency that welcomes people from all ethnic, religious, cultural and racial backgrounds, regardless of marital status or sexual orientation. Group programs and individual counselling services are offered. 

Women’s Support Network

Women’s Support Network responds to individuals who have been affected by sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, sexual harassment, date rape and any form of violence. The Crisis Line operates 24-hours/per day every day of the year. Programs include individual counseling, high school outreach, public education and community outreach programs. 

Food Support Services

York Region Food Network

York Region Food Network (YRFN) is dedicated to reducing and eliminating hunger in our community. They provide support through food banks and food support programs.

Victim Services

Victim Services of York Region

Victim Services of York Region provides relief of short-term needs of persons victimized by crime or tragic circumstance by providing emotional support, practical assistance, and referrals to community resources for continued support.

York Region Shelters

Blue Door Shelters

Blue Door Shelters provide short-term, emergency shelters. Serving all of York Region they provide residents with: accommodation and food, supportive counseling, life skill learning opportunities, help to find and maintain permanent housing.

ETA Vaughan Women’s Shelter

An emergency shelter in the City of Vaughan for women and their children escaping abusive situations. ETA Vaughan also has an outreach centre that provides supports to the community such as counselling, advocacy and referrals.

Sandgate Women’s Shelter

Sandgate provides a full range of supports and services to women and their children who have experienced violence. Programs Include: emergency crisis shelters, 24 hour crisis telephone support, transitional support and housing, second stage housing apartments.

Yellow Brick House

Yellow Brick House provides emergency shelter and outreach services. The emergency shelter offers a safe place for women leaving their abusive relationships, while outreach services offers an array of services and programs to women and their children in various stages of their abusive relationship. All services are free of charge, fully confidential and are available in a variety of languages.

Other Community Resources

York Region Small Business Enterprise Centre

The York Small Business Enterprise Centre is part of a network of offices that serve Ontario’s small business community. Here to help you with your business start-up, the Centre also works with enterprises that have been in existence for less than 5 years. The Centre can refer you to the local business network of financiers, bankers, accountants, lawyers, educators, consultants, mentors and other entrepreneurs.

Internet Safety

Hiding Your Internet Activity

It’s important to realize that the record of your Internet activities does not disappear when you close your browser. If you are concerned that someone else may be viewing/checking your Internet history activities, you can delete these sites (history) that you have visited from your computer by completing the following: (Note: To identify your web browser: Help menu > About).

If you are using Internet Explorer:

  1. Open Internet Explorer
  2. Tools menu > Internet Options
  3. General
  4. Temporary Internet Files section > Delete Files
  5. History > Clear History
  6. OK

If you are using Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Firefox
  2. Click History at the top of the window
  3. “Tools” menu > “Options” > “Privacy” button, and under “History” click the “Clear” or “Clear Now” button

If you are using Google Chrome:

  1. Open Chrome
  2. Click on the “wrench” icon
  3. Move your mouse over “Tools,” then select “Clear browsing data…”

If you are unsure about these instructions, it might be better to use Internet in a public space, such as the library, school or Internet cafe.