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
While not all children who witness violence suffer direct physical abuse, they frequently develop long-term behavioural and psychological problems. Exposure to violence can affect children’s brain development and ability to learn, and lead to a wide range of behavioural and emotional issues such as anxiety, aggression, bullying, phobias, and insomnia.
(Child Abuse/Children Exposed to Violence Information Sheet, Alberta Children and Youth Services, October 2008. Available: http://www.child.alberta.ca/home/images/familyviolence/doc_opfvb_sheet_child_colour.pdf)
Violence against women happens in all cultures and religions, in all ethnic and racial communities, at every age, and in every income group.
"Being able to get into WINGS changed my life and my son’s life too. We are safe from my ex-spouse. I have learned to heal and grow. I have learned to let go of things I can’t change. I have learned to forgive myself and my ex. I have grown stronger. WINGS is a life saver for me.
The counsellors are great and very helpful. I look forward to going to group; to know you are not alone and that other women have been in similar situations. My son loves daycare; all the other kids to play with and develop friendships.
The province really needs programs like this and more of them. The shelters are full. It is easy to say, not my problem - until it happens to you or someone you know, like your Mom, Aunt, Niece, Sister, or Friend. It is devastating to families and we all need help up."