This hostel shows a social involvement
The Auberge YWCA adheres to the values and principles of the social economy. It financially supports the efforts of the YWCA Montreal and contributes to its mission of building a better future for women and girls.
Throughout 2016 and 2017, over 14 000 individuals, both men and women, stayed in one of the 62 rooms at the Auberge YWCA and at the Hotel Y Montreal. They contributed to net earnings of over $ 420 000 – essential income to support the mission of the YWCA Montreal to collectively build a better future for women and girls.
Your stay has a significant impact on the Great Montreal Women and girls’ life.
Zoom 2017: when virtual reality raises youth's awareness about sexual consent
All profits generated by the hotel are directly reinvested in this mission and in the organization’s programs. Anne Smith’s testimony below shows the concrete impact of the YWCA’s actions – and speficically the youth services here. The Hotel Y Montreal gives a financial support to these services.
“Historically, we’ve had trouble engaging them in outreach-type activities, particularity around sexual violence. YES!!! Using virtual reality is a great method. We had guys lining up to try the headsets. It also gave the event credibility. It had less of a “homemade” look, and more of a modern, current feel. In my opinion, it also further gave the topic credibility, as anything that requires taking the time to develop a VR film must be important.” Anne Smith, Head of the Health and Wellness Centre at John Abbott College speaking about Do you NO the limit?
Through the use of 360° glasses, the individual is teleported into an alternate world, where they enter the shoes of a young girl who is experiencing a situation where sexual consent is brought into question.
This virtual reality video raised awareness among 2707 people about the complexity of sexual consent, more than doubling our initial goal.
More than 90% of those who watched Do You NO the Limit? recounted being disturbed, angry, or sad about what they saw, which was precisely the objective of this awareness campaign on the intricacies of sexual consent. Results showed that 63% of male respondents said that boys are often too insistent with girls, and 72% of participants said that disrespect for consent is common.
That virtual reality video won the Prix Égalité Thérèse-Casgrain in the Violence and Prevention category, awarded by the Secrétariat à la condition féminine du Québec. It also received a special prize for innovation, awarded by YWCA Canada.
Zoom 2016: more than a thousand women benefited from the free legal clinic services
All profits generated by the hotel are directly reinvested in this mission and in the organization’s programs. Iolanda-Cristina’s testimony below shows an example of the concrete impacts of the YWCA’s actions – and specifically the community services here. The Hotel Y Montreal gives a financial support to these services.
” I called the legal clinic a few times in the winter of 2016 concerning a custody issue. I had two hearings where I had to represent myself alone, and because the time limits were really short I met with a number of lawyers from the clinic. They gave me very good advice that was really helpful and got me through a very hard time, and it isn’t over yet. I believe that the clinic and the services it provides are really fantastic. Congratulations! You have all my admiration.” – Iolanda-Cristina, a client of the legal information clinic at YWCA Montreal
Legal information clinic
This program sets up confidential one-to-one with volunteering layers and notaries. They are experienced on law topics such as family, immigration, criminal, civil, housing and labour.
In 2015-2016, such as lolanda Cristina did, 1289 people enjoyed legal information consultation.
The clinic is a program which is offered by the community services, one of the 4 key areas of action that guide the YWCA Montreal’s intervention and are supported by the Hotel Y Montreal.
In 2015-2016, 2500 women have been reached through the community services.
A real impact
The story of Iolanda-Christina is only one of the impacts that your stay at the Auberge YWCA triggered, throughout 2015-2016. You have contributed to its social mission by partly supporting the achievement of all these projects.
The Auberge YWCA and its staff say a huge thank you! Now, what impact your next stay will make?