YWCA Niagara Region – Proud Supporter of the YW’s No Fixed Address

You Are Invited to Participate in a 24 hours Live-In-Your-Car-A-Thon – June 8th-9th at General Motors in St. Catharines !

A News Release from YWCA Niagara Region

Posted May 23rd, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – YWCA Niagara Region’s signature event No Fixed Address is back, and it has made some big changes for its 24-hour Live-In-Your-Car-A-Thon. No Fixed Address (NFA) will take place on June 8 – 9, 2018, in the General Motors (GM) parking lot on Glendale Avenue in St. Catharines.

Participants will experience how difficult it is to live out of their car and live off of a convenience store diet. The event’s purpose is to educate, it does not try to simulate homelessness.

“We’re thrilled to continue building our strong partnership with the YWCA by hosting No Fixed Address onsite at our facility” said GM St. Catharines Plant Manager, Carolyne Watts.

“We’ve supported YWCA for several years with donations from our Plant City Grant Program, but have been brainstorming ways to increase our support using new and creative means. When we realized they were looking into new locations for this event, we had the perfect solution – McKinnon Park is a large greenspace onsite at the plant with access to all the necessary amenities to host No Fixed Address.

It’s the ideal location, and we have a large pool of employees who are very active in the community and interested in donating their time and energy to worthy causes like this. The YWCA does amazing work to support women and families experiencing homelessness and we’re looking forward to making their event bigger, better and even more successful.”

This is the YWCA Niagara Region’s 7th annual NFA, which over the past few years raised approximately $300,000. This year’s goal is $60,000 to help end homelessness.

Participants in this event collect pledges from their families and friends, and after a day of activities aimed at educating them about homelessness, spend the night sleeping in their vehicle or a tent. There will be speeches from people who lived in poverty, live music, and a movie for participants to enjoy and wind down at the end of the day.

Elisabeth Zimmermann, Executive Director of the YWCA Niagara Region states, “This partnership with General Motors has been growing for some time. We’re really excited to have GM host us this year. It adds a different atmosphere to have some shaded areas, with green space for people to tent. Not everyone has access to a car, including clients we serve.”

The YW puts on this event in hopes that giving people a small glimpse of the homeless experience will inspire them to become advocates for homeless people living in the region. There are options to sign up as an individual, or as a team. Since this is a great team building event, corporate teams are welcome and encouraged.

We understand that people may have to work and then come to the event; same as our client’s would go to work and then go “home” to their car. The goal is to have each participant raise over $100 in pledges, with prizes for the top adult, junior (under 18) and team fundraisers.

No Fixed Address is from June 8th at 10 a.m. to June 9th at 10 a.m. and will be located at General Motors in St. Catharines. For more information and to register, please visit: nfaniagara.com .

About YWCA Niagara Region: YWCA Niagara Region is the largest provider of Emergency Shelter in the Niagara Region and a recognized expert among funders and community agencies. The YW offers innovative housing programs and services that provide hope for women and their families living in poverty. The YW has been serving the Niagara region for 90 years and is continually committed to social change and work to create a community that supports women who are living in poverty.

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