Who we are:

Up With Women is a non-profit organization dedicated to bridging the gap from homelessness and deep poverty to economic and social empowerment for women and girls.

Breaking the cycle

It is well documented that the cycle of homelessness and poverty can be both self-perpetuating and extraordinarily difficult to escape. The studies bear this out.  A 2008 University of Toronto study on women’s homelessness found that while most homeless women were gainfully employed prior to becoming homeless, the majority were still dependent on some level of government assistance one year after being in the shelter.

By providing a focused, personalized program for each woman, Up With Women has seen dramatic changes. Within three months of entering the program, 80 % of our clients were employed and 50% had started their own businesses.