Wings of Providence was registered as a charitable organization with Revenue Canada on April 1, 1986 and incorporated under the Society Act in June 1986.
In the beginning...
A group of concerned citizens, including the Sisters of Providence, were willing to find the means necessary to address the need for long-term, safe and supportive accommodation
designed for women with children who had experienced family violence.
Founding president, Sister Gloria Keylor, S.P. and 11 volunteer board members and resource people, including Rocky Forest and Judge L. Maynard, worked very hard to bring Wings of
Providence to reality.
In April, 1987, WINGS, which stands for Women in Need Growing Stronger, opened its doors to our first family in need.
Extending WINGS further
In 2001, WINGS launched a capital campaign to raise $4.75 million for a new 20 unit apartment building to expand our services. After touring 54 apartment buildings and discussing
needs with architects and engineers, the Board of Directors determined that the best and most cost effective option was to build a new facility.
With the support of major contributors like the Estate of Eileen Waterhouse, Edmonton Housing Trust Fund, CMHC, Sisters of Providence, and the City of Edmonton Low Income Capital
Housing Assistance Program Grant, WINGS opened a second-stage shelter in 2003 within a quiet community near schools and shopping; a community where these families could spread
their wings towards independent living.
The Home Next Door
WINGS once again extended our services in the summer of 2012, opening the Home Next Door – an affordable housing complex to women with children to promote continued healing and
independence. The first-of-its-kind of affordable housing facilities in Edmonton, the Home Next Door provides a safe, secure and affordable home within the healthy and supportive
community of WINGS.