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Kelowna Women’s Shelter marks 35 years of changing lives

April 12-18, 2015 is Prevention of Violence Against Women
Week. As part of its efforts to focus attention on the ongoing issue of family
violence, and galvanize the community to take action to help prevent it, the
Kelowna Women’s Shelter submitted this article.
2015 marks the 35th anniversary of the Kelowna
Women’s Shelter. Since it opened its doors in 1980, the Shelter has helped
thousands of women and children who have experienced domestic violence and
abuse get a fresh start with emergency housing, and a range of other free and confidential
services. Here are some historical highlights:
1980
Kelowna Women’s Shelter opens doors. Shelter services include housing, crisis
intervention and support counselling, education, and information on violence
against women. 
1987-Weekly
drop-in support group launches
1990-Supportive
counselling and activity program for children, which later becomes Children Who
Witness Abuse (CWWA) and later the SuperNOVA program, launches.
1998-Inside/Out
Violence Prevention Program for Youth launches as pilot project at two
secondary schools. The program now reaches about 400 children a year.
2003-Kelowna
Women’s Shelter Thrift Store opens.
2008-Shelter
purchases and renovates adjacent residential property to establish second stage
housing facility for up to four, single women.
2011-“Tree
of Hope” funds therapeutic trauma counselling program.
2013
– Kelowna Women’s Shelter Thrift Store celebrates 10 year anniversary and
relocates to Industrial Avenue from downtown.
2013-2014
– More than 290 community volunteers give in excess of 12,000 hours of their
time at the Shelter and Thrift Store.
2015 – Kelowna
Women’s Shelter celebrates 35 years of changing lives

The Kelowna Women’s
Shelter is a non-profit organization that offers emergency transitional
housing, counseling, support and education to women and their children who have
experienced abuse. For more information, or to make a donation, visit
kelownawomensshelter.ca or call 250-763-1040.