Ending Abuse. Building Hope.

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Ending Abuse. Building Hope.

No words better capture what Kelowna Women’s Shelter is all about.

Roberta Fildago and Karen Mason.

For almost four decades, this organization, and its dedicated staff and volunteers, have devoted themselves to supporting women and children fleeing intimate partner violence and abuse, and educating the public about the issue.

Since we opened our doors in 1980, we’ve provided emergency and transitional housing, food and clothing, counselling support, advocacy, and education to countless women and children in need, from Lake Country to Peachland.

As the communities we serve experience ongoing growth and expansion, so too does the need for our many free programs and services.

Last year was another busy one for the Shelter and its team of dedicated staff. Two hundred and forty-three women and children spent at least one night in the Shelter, and our counsellors conducted more than 1,000 individual and group sessions, and responded to in excess of 750 crisis and counselling calls on our 24-hour phone line.

Thanks to unprecedented support from the federal government and many generous donors in our community, we were able to upgrade the security system and lighting at the transition house, install a fabulous new play structure for our younger guests to enjoy, complete a variety of other building and property improvements, and secure three years of funding for the Inside/Out Violence Prevention Program for Youth.

Our staff participated in first aid and Naloxone training, and attended professional development workshops and conferences on a variety of topics including trauma counselling, self-care, second-stage housing, and providing shelter for women with pets.

We also launched new annual performance planning and employee wellness programs, all part of an organizational strategic goal to cultivate a healthy, professional workplace with a focus on ongoing

They say it takes a village, and that’s definitely true in our case.

It is only thanks to our incredible employees, and the ongoing, generous support of government and community funders, foundations, service clubs, businesses and private individuals, who consistently donate money and time that we are able to continue serving women and children in need.

On behalf of all of them, and all of us, “Thank you.”

The above message was written by Kelowna Women’s Shelter Executive Director Karen Mason and Board President Roberta Fildago. It appeared in our 2018 Annual Report.