About Our Shelter

WINGS provides a second-stage, long-term shelter to meet the needs of the residents.

What is a second-stage women’s shelter?

Second-stage women’s shelters provide safe, transitional housing with client-centered supportive programs in order to give the necessary time to begin healing from the physical and emotional wounds of an abusive relationship.

The WINGS shelter is conveniently located close to schools and other essential services:

  • 24 hour security for safety and security of our resident families.
  • 20 self-contained, two and three bedroom apartments, all attractively fully-furnished with bed linens, kitchen utensils, dishes, and many other household items.
  • Donations of food, clothing, household items are distributed between all residents.
  • Entire building is wheelchair accessible.
  • Outdoor playground on the property.

Women are provided what they need to grow stronger at WINGS

Throughout a client’s six month residency at WINGS, they participate in wrap-around services in addition to group and individual counseling.

Topics discussed in group sessions help to foster parenting and life skills, as well as help mothers understand and better cope with the effects of family violence. These programs assist the family in working towards independence.

Key features of the WINGS shelter include:

  • Child Care Program for preschool children aged three months to five years old while women participate in group and individual supportive counseling sessions.
  • Counseling for children and teens to help them deal with the physical, psychological and behavioural challenges that result from having lived with family violence.
  • Youth programming to discuss life skills topics.
  • Opportunities for children to participate in recreational activities.
  • An Outreach Program to assist families moving from WINGS.
  • A collective kitchen to learn nutritional, cost-effective meal planning.

Please note, accommodation is offered with WINGS subsidizing rent and utilities following Alberta Works financial benefits guidelines. There is no fee for these programs.

Facts About Family Violence

Research shows that children who witness violence are more likely to grow up to become victims or abusers.

(Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Available: The Effects of Domestic Violence on Children: Where does it Hurt?)

Violence against women happens in all cultures and religions, in all ethnic and racial communities, at every age, and in every income group.

Women's Voices

Daily groups help with not feeling like you are the only idiot who fell for a partner’s lies.

Weekly counselling helps with finding ways to get over the blame, shame, guilt and anger, and start healthier habits.

Bread donations help with weekly grocery budget. Clothing donations also help with the budget.

WINGS is needed in this province. Our children deserve to see their mothers safe. Our children will take over this world eventually, isn''t it better to fill their eyes with hopes and dreams than fear and despair? Do it for the kids!