Haven House is a 30 bed shelter serving women and children fleeing abusive homes in Cambridge & North Dumfries. Construction of the New Haven House, to be built on Acorn Way in North Galt, begins on Monday despite being about 50% short of their $7-million fundraising goal. Mary Zilney, C.E.O. of Women's Crisis Services of Waterloo Region (WCSWR), is appealing to the public to help meet their fundraising needs and rebuild the shelter facility. "We still need a lot of money and no amount is too small," she said.
WCSWR, which runs Anselma House in Kitchener and Haven House in Cambridge, contributed $2.4 million to the build. The money came from the sale of the former Anselma House building on Anne Street and the projected sale of the existing Concession Street shelter. The new facility is scheduled to open in June 2016, with a projected cost of $9.4 million. Zilney said she hopes funds will come from the Ontario government.
The new facility will have 45 beds for women and children, private bedrooms and washrooms, and plenty of space for programming ... a much needed upgrade from the existing facility, where there are only 30 beds, meals are taken in shifts in the kitchen, and programming is limited.
Once at the shelter, the support is ongoing:
- Advocacy continues around legal needs, housing, parenting and transitioning toward independence for residents and their children
- Food and nutrition program and child and youth programming
- Support is provided both one on one and through groups to help women move beyond violence
- Safety planning
- Support for housing and/or Ontario Works
- Education about violence against women
- Employment search support
- Music therapy
- Child and youth programs
- Referrals to local agencies
Donations can be made at www.wcswr.org or by calling the Women's Crisis at 519-741-9184, ext. 2038.