YWCA Lethbridge & District:

A women's shelter and so much more.

YWCA Lethbridge & District has been serving Lethbridge and the surrounding communities since 1949. The organization supports the enhancement of women’s lives and the communities they live in with 30+ programs and services that fall under one of five areas of focus:

Domestic & Sexual Violence

which includes YWCA Harbour House Women’s Emergency Shelter and YWCA Amethyst Project, which provides an important third option for victims of sexual violence.


Trauma & Crisis Prevention/Intervention

including Safe Visitation and Project Child Recovery, a support group for children ages 6-17 who have witnessed violence.


Poverty, Housing & Homelessness

which covers support for women transitioning out of Harbour House and Hestia Homes, a program that teaches independent living skills for youth ages 19-24 who are (or are at risk of becoming) homeless.


Leadership & Empowerment

including GirlSpace, youth conferences, and the Young Women’s Leadership Council.


Advocacy & Awareness

the voice for the social and economic well-being of women with government, the media and the community at large.


YWCA Lethbridge & District is part of the global YWCA movement which has worked for over a century to achieve justice, peace, human dignity, freedom and a sustainable environment for all people. Imagine Canada-certified, YWCA Lethbridge & District is open to women of all ages, cultures and beliefs and is committed to the value of every human being.

Our Mission

YWCA Lethbridge and District is an organization committed to women and the enhancement of their lives by providing programs and services which empower them, support equality and promote wellness in mind, body, and spirit.

Our Vision

To be a community leader committed to collaborative partnerships in provision of accessible prevention, intervention and support programs and services for the enhancement of women's lives.

Our Values

Our Values are the fundamental principles and beliefs that provide the foundation for the organization. They provide guidance on how to make decisions, how to view customers and how to treat staff.

A Woman's Perspective

Women must be leaders in shaping social and cultural directions in order to achieve equity and equality for all women.

Difference and Diversity

In order to achieve social and other forms of justice, we must embrace difference and diversity among people.

Community Mindedness

Healthy communities, free from violence, racism and other abuses of power, nurture the whole person. Individuals committed to equity advance the growth of healthy communities.

Global Interdependence

The worldwide struggle for equity and equality connects all women.

The Whole Person

Strength, wisdom and character come from the balanced development of the whole person in mind, body and spirit.


Volunteers are the heart of the YWCA.


As individuals associated with this organization, we are accountable for the conduct of the organization.


YWCA Lethbridge & District is led by a volunteer Board of Directors that follows a Policy Governance Model in order to meet the obligations of the work of the agency. Elected by the voting members of YWCA Lethbridge & District to serve a three-year term, the Board of Directors determines the mission, vision, values and ends of the Association.

Imagine Canada

YWCA Lethbridge & District is a member of Imagine Canada, a national charitable organization Imagine Canada that works with charitable organizations, the private sector, governments and individuals in the community to ensure that charities continue to play a pivotal role in building, enriching and defining our nation.

YWCA Lethbridge & District is a proud holder of Imagine Canada Standards Program accreditation.
Imagine Canada’s accreditation process involves a rigorous review designed to assess an organization’s performance in five key areas:

Board governance

Financial accountability & transparency


Staff management

Volunteer involvement

The Accreditation Trustmark demonstrates to our donors, supporters and stakeholders that YWCA Lethbridge & District meets the highest standards of business practice in the charitable sector.