24 Hour Crisis Line and Emergency Accomodations

Our Crisis Line is available with someone to talk to 24 hours a day.  Crisis Intervention Workers are available to provide support, safety planning, advocacy and referrals.

Our emergency accommodations provide safe shelter for women and children fleeing family violence, or who are homeless due to crisis situations.  On average, over a year, we assist 400 women and children from Camrose and the surrounding areas through our shelter services.  We provide in house services such as donations, Child Support, Family Support, basic needs, and supportive counseling, Life Skills groups and ongoing information about family violence and the effects of domestic violence on each family member.

For more information about the Crisis Line and Emergency Accommodations contact our Program Coordinator at 780-679-4975 ext. 6
 

Outreach Services

Our Outreach Program assists with the transitioning of women staying at the shelter into the community of their choosing.

This program provides residential clients with transportation if required for medical or legal appointments. Independent living is the ultimate goal, Outreach offers guidance and assistance when searching for housing. This support may be in the form of encouragement, advice or transportation.

Once settled in the community, follow up and further assistance with referrals, education or donations are provided.

In-house and community presentations also provide information on the effects of family violence, the different types of violence and abuse, budgeting on a small income and many other topics.

For more information about the Outreach Program or to book a family violence awareness presentation, contact our Outreach Coordinator at 780-679-4975 ext. 2

Family Support Program

    The Family Support program includes groups and individual supports for women and provides education, information and support around parenting and the effects of family violence on children, also providing a positive role model for the mother-child relationship. The family support program includes a social worker and certified child care staff. We liaise with community agencies to meet specific needs of each child, mother or family unit and assist in transition planning for residents. Various partnerships are maintained within the community to ensure supports for each family. During their stay, in-house childcare is provided for appointments, in-house groups and self-care needs. Various groups and activities are provided for children throughout their stay at the shelter, which includes preschool learning, crafts and literacy activities, yoga, field trips and visits from a local therapeutic service dog.

For more information, contact our Family Support Coordinator at 780-679-4975 ext. 5

School Program

For children grades 1–12, the Camrose Women’s Shelter Society provides a classroom with a certified teacher through the Battle River School Division who follows Alberta Education – Program of Studies Curriculum. Our teacher has training in working with: First Nations, Métis and Inuit students, special needs, The Fourth R- healthy relationships, safe choices, and connecting with youth and students suffering domestic violence. Our certified teacher enjoys helping all of the students and does her best to provide a caring and safe environment. Coming to the shelter can be a traumatic event for students as they are going through a very difficult time; we strive to meet the needs of each student by providing a flexible learning environment where learning and healing go hand and hand. When students are ready to transition into a new school environment our teacher may support each family with the move to a new school and does her best to help ensure the process is smooth.

For more information about our school and shelter learning environment, call 780-679-4975 ext. 5
For more information about the Battle River School Division please contact 1-780-672-6131.