Carolyn’s House is the story of a vision the YWCA had for a refuge where women and children in crisis could begin to rebuild their lives. Carolyn’s House was not envisioned to be just a building but was about the concept that services and support offered in a dignified and safe atmosphere would help women and children meet their personal goals and become empowered and self sufficient. Along the way, a historic facility; once a residence for nurses studying at Niagara University, was renovated and saved from destruction. This building is now a beautifully restored, vital part of the community. The centrally located community-based residence offers on-site support services in the state of the art culinary training center, technology center and training facility. By offering housing with supportive services, including job training and placement, and case management, residents are provided with tools to achieve their full potential as individuals and as members of society. The 19 apartment facility has comfortably housed 80 women and over 100 children over the past four years. Support services have included: GED/ESL, computer skills and basic technology training, Certified Nursing Assistant and Janitorial Training, Parenting Skills, summer camp, children’s support groups and domestic violence counseling, case management and nutritional/culinary training.
The following is a time-line of the history of Carolyn’s House: