One in four women in our community experiences abuse — that’s the frightening statistic coming from Yellow Brick House, a place relied upon by thousands of local women each year for safety from despair and tears.

 

Markham has been the home to the second Yellow Brick House emergency shelter for abused women and children since 2012.

 

In an effort to continue their good work, to raise awareness and much needed funds, Yellow Brick House will be hosting its twelfth annual gala at LeParc on March 3.

 

The gala will feature guest speaker, Perdita Felicien, world champion hurdler, two-time Olympian, and child witness of domestic abuse.

 

Lorris Herenda, executive director of Yellow Brick House, said this second Yellow Brick House shelter has been able to create life-saving opportunities for the women and children who need support.

 

“Abuse is an epidemic that affects every community,” she noted.

 

Nearly six thousand women were served by Yellow Brick House last year – though in that same time frame, 98 women and 141 children fleeing violence could not access a shelter bed.

 

“It is crucial that women and children in these horrible situations know they have the support and love from their community,” said Mayor Frank Scarpitti, YBH gala honourary chair.

 

Visit www.yellowbrickhouse.org for details.