A typical stay in our second-stage shelter program is six months. During this time clients make the decision of whether to move into our supportive Progressive Housing program or find appropriate housing in the community. Our Housing Locator is able to provide clients with choices on what is best for them and their family based on their monthly finances.
We also provide them various Counselling.
See below to learn more and to see what the housing looks like.
Trained counsellors are available to all women and children residing in Second-Stage Shelter at The Centre. They provide support to help residents deal with the direct effects of violence. Counsellors also assist them in practical matters such as securing financial support, applying for educational programs or employment and connecting with agencies in the community. Counsellors will advocate for clients if the need arises, in order to assist them in their transition from supported to independent living.
Offered once a week, some groups concentrate on domestic violence issues, while others deal with parenting concerns or literacy skills. All groups aim to build self-esteem and create in the women an awareness of the impacts of domestic violence. These groups are all psycho-educational in nature and are provided in a supportive environment.
Counselling for mothers and children together is sometimes preferred. Family counselling sessions aim to rebuild trust between mother and child and refocus family needs and concerns.