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This year’s centerpieces showcase essential items that are frequently used and highly needed in our programs. These items are pivotal in ensuring the success and efficiency of our services. Our aim is to offer you a glimpse into the tools and resources that drive our programs’ effectiveness.

For further information about our programs, please continue reading, and if you’d like to make a financial donation, simply click here.


Housing Services

  • Our Emergency Homeless Shelter, the largest in Stark County, provides 38 rooms for women and children on the 3rd floor of our downtown facility. Clients can stay for 90 days, accessing various programs. Case Managers assist with personalized housing plans, while we collaborate with community agencies to address underlying family issues, such as education gaps, job training, substance abuse, and more.
  • Permanent Supportive Housing is a program that offers affordable housing with minimal eligibility barriers for disabled and chronically homeless individuals. It is complemented by optional support services to assist participants in achieving stability. We operate three permanent supportive housing sites, providing a total of 106 units for individuals and families. Rent is calculated at 30% of income and covers utilities.
  • Stark Area Rapid Re-Housing connects eligible households to permanent housing, offering short-term financial aid alongside supportive services, including lease compliance education, tenant responsibility guidance, budgeting assistance, and barrier resolution, with mandatory home visits to ensure the success of our clients.
  • To reduce infant mortality and support healthy pregnancies and babies, the YWCA has a Community Health Worker (CHW) who provides no-cost access to a Community Health Worker who educates and assists women throughout pregnancy and their baby’s first year, addressing potential challenges and barriers. The YWCA partners with Stark County Community Action Agency’s Community Pathways HUB in order to have a CHW on-site as an integral member of our team.
  • In 2022, the YWCA Canton provided 10,096 homeless shelter nights of service, and served 645 total individuals and children throughout our housing programs + community health worker program.

Childcare Services 

  • Our Early Childhood Learning Center offers quality care and education for children aged six (6) weeks to 11 years, led by certified teachers who facilitate developmentally-appropriate lessons and activities, offer nutritious meals, and maintain a safe and creative environment to prepare children successfully for kindergarten.
  • In 2022, 109 families were served by our Early Childhood Learning Center.
  • The YWCA Early Head Start offers childcare services for children aged six (6) weeks to three (3) years, including those with disabilities, promoting age-appropriate exploration, developmental lessons, and offering developmental screenings as necessary. These services extend to seven (7) partner child care sites and two in-home family providers across Stark County, encompassing Alliance, Canton, and Massillon, to provide high-quality child care.
  • In 2022, 331 Stark County Children were served through our Early Head Start program and partner sites.

The YWCA Canton maintains an Amazon Wish List that is continuously updated to reflect the current needs of our programs.

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