Description of Services:
Edmonton Women’s Shelter Ltd. (EWS), most commonly known as WIN House, is a non-profit agency operating three shelters, WIN House I, WIN II and WIN House III. The WIN Houses are for women with children or without children who are fleeing domestic violence. The Edmonton Women’s Shelter started when a group of concerned citizens met in 1968 to consider the growing problem of homeless women in Edmonton. In 1970, they opened an overnight emergency shelter in the basement of All Saints Cathedral. On September 26, 1973, EWS incorporated.
WIN I opened in 1978, WIN II in 1982 and Carol’s House (formally WIN III) opened its doors to newcomer women. The shelters operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
WIN House offers:
- a 24 hour support and information line
- Crisis intervention, information about the cycle of violence and safety planning
- emergency shelter, food and personal necessities for women and children (for a period of up to three weeks) who are seeking refuge from abusive relationships
- pet care program
- weekly support groups for shelter residents
- referrals to community agencies
- regular visits by the Victorian Order of Nurses
- weekly visits from a representative of Employment & Immigration to apply for the Supports for Independence Program
- child support program
- school maintenance program, offered through Edmonton Public School District for children from K-9
- outreach program to assist women with meeting their short term goals
- household packages for women leaving shelter