I just want to say that if it wasn’t for the help I received from you at Agape House, I would be one of the missing or dead women in Manitoba today. I came to you in 2000 and with the help of your staff; I was able to put my life back together for myself and my children. I have been able to go back to school, got a counselling certificate and I now give back to my community as much as I can.
I have met and married a wonderful man that has never imagined the idea of hurting another human being and has helped me parent my adult children as his own. We now have 9 grandchildren and have been blessed with a second chance at life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I continue to work with families at risk with a Families First program, I am a board member for a Women’s Resource Centre, I work with new immigrant women in my community and I do some private counselling free of charge for women. You are always in my prayers.
A Day in the Life of Canada’s Shelters
- On one day in Canada, 215 shelters housed and helped 1807 women and 1587 children
- An additional 1806 women and 657 were supported by outreach on the same day
- 47% of shelters were full; 75% of residential service requests could not be accommodated
- Researchers found that while threats to the safety of a household pet increased women’s desire to leave, 56% delayed leaving due to concern about pet’s safety. 47% would have left earlier if could have brought pet to shelter with them.
- Shelters are contacted by a steady flow of women seeking safety for their pets as part of their own process of leaving abuse.
Source: Shelter Voices, June 2018, Women’s Shelters Canada
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