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Featuring: Transitional Housing & Outreach Program
Ernestine’s Transitional Housing and Outreach (TH&O) Program provides support to past shelter clients, and women and children experiencing violence who are living in the community. The program provides counselling, emotional and mental wellness support, advocacy, and access to our food bank, as well as legal, housing, and resource allocation supports.
This year, Ernestine’s launched a pilot program, led by our TH&O counsellors, to expand on our counselling supports to the outreach clients within the community. This pilot program was incredibly successful and we are thrilled to be able to implement it into our regular programming.
Part of the initiative, called “Let’s Chat”, is led by one of our TH&O counsellors, Monica Amenya. It entails a weekly drop-in program for women to talk about any issues they are currently experiencing, such as difficulties with navigating the legal system, as well as a workshop that takes place once a month.
The program is offered through Elmbank Community Centre. Our partnership with Elmbank is significant because the Centre serves as a welcoming space for local community members in the Jamestown and Rexdale area to seek out resources and support. As Elmbank is well-established and easily accessible within the community, we are able to expand our services to a broader audience, which enables us to do more prevention work.
In Other News
This spring, we had the privilege of creating our very first
Public Service Announcement
, thanks to the generosity of our long-term supporters and volunteers. It is a perfect example of how our community members come together, volunteer their time, and use their skills and experiences to support Ernestine’s, to build awareness and support our mission to stand up for women and protect children.
to view our PSA. It is inspired by the lived experiences of past youth who stayed at Ernestine's Women's Shelter.
This summer, we released our
2016-2017 Annual Report
. During the last fiscal year, with your help, Ernestine’s was able to interrupt the violence, and offer safety and support to 45 women & 45 children who called the shelter home, as well as assist over 300 Outreach and Transitional families. Since we opened in 1983, we have supported more than 4,200 women and 4,500 children and youth.
to read our 2016-2017 Annual Report. We hope you enjoy reading about how our strong community support made an enormous impact on the lives of the families at Ernestine’s.
Save the Date!
We are thrilled to announce the
24th Annual Ernestine Affair
on April 11, 2018 - an event to celebrate, recognize, and support the clients at Ernestine's Women's Shelter.
Please visit our
to stay up to date on event details.