Not all young mothers have a safe place to call home. These women and their children often live in extreme isolation and suffer from poor nutrition and health problems – conditions which leave them with a deflated sense of self-worth that puts them and their children at risk of abuse and violence. Supportive Housing for Young Mothers (SHYM) is a non-profit organization which provides parenting and life-skills education and support along with safe independent living for single mothers (age 16 –21) and their children who are otherwise at risk of being homeless. SHYM opened its doors to tenants in October of 2007, bringing the dream of many dedicated individuals and organizations to fruition.
A grant from the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia helped to support young mothers at SHYM enjoy recreational opportunities and new experiences that promote healthy lifestyles and build self-esteem in a non-judgmental and supportive environment.
Innovative non-profit provides a home-sweet-home