Current Projects

2013 Projects supported by Women Gaining Ground

Women Moving Forward

Women Moving Forward is an award-winning poverty reduction program for sole-support mothers ages 20 to 29, who are recipients of government assistance. Located in Toronto’s Jane-Finch community, the program supports women as they discover who they are, what skills they possess and what career they are passionate about.

Watch a video highlighting Women Gaining Ground member and volunteer Susan Chinery and her mentorship of young sole-support mothers taking part in a Women Moving Forward workshop.

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Interval House, Building Economic Self Sufficiency (BESS)

Interval House, Canada’s first shelter, has provided a safe haven for abused women and children since 1973. The BESS program is at the heart of their community programs providing women with the tools to rebuild their lives. Women attend a two-week program where they complete a skills inventory, write a resume and cover letter, conduct an interview, and develop life skills like balancing work and parenting.

Homeward Bound

The first of its kind in Canada, Homeward Bound is a four-year housing program that addresses the multiple barriers facing female-led single-parent families by bringing together and providing under one roof all the supports they need to break the cycle of poverty. Homeward Bound focuses on helping families get on the path to personal and financial independence.

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)

HIPPY is a home based education program for newcomer parents to prepare their pre-school children for school. It is an internationally licensed program, active in over eight countries and five Canadian cities. HIPPY hires newcomer women as Home Visitors to work with isolated parents, providing them with the education tools and personal supports to prepare their children to enter the Canadian school system.

Haween Enterprises

Operated by Somali Women and Children’s Support Network, Haween Enterprises was established to capitalize the sewing skills of women fleeing violence from Somalia. This sewing enterprise provides employment to newcomer women who create textile products for manufacturers, school boards, organizations and conferences.

Women Gaining Ground History

93 members
WGG raised $635,000
The gift has supported Haween Enterprises, The HIPPY Program, Interval House – BESS Program, Homeward Bound and Women Moving Forward.

63 members
WGG raised $425,000
The gift has once again supported Homeward Bound and Women Moving Forward, as well as Jessie’s Centre for Young Women and Interpreter Services Toronto.

57 members
WGG raised $350,000
Our gift supported Homeward Bound again, and Women Moving Forward, an award-winning poverty reduction program for sole-support mothers, aged 20-29, who are recipients of government assistance.

41 members
WGG raised $271,000
Our gift supported Homeward Bound, a ground breaking housing program that provides under one roof a range of supports to single mothers that enables them to break the cycle of poverty, housing and child care, education, employment and personal development.

18 members
WGG raised $155,000
Our gift supported CITY Leaders, a leadership training program for young adults who are starting their career in social services.

Women Gaining Ground was founded by Martine Irman, TD Securities Inc., and Kirby Chown, McCarthy Tétrault LLP. The inaugural group of 13 women awarded the first WGG grant of $135,000 to the Youth Challenge Fund, a unique response to the issues of increased violence and lack of opportunity for youth in Toronto.

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