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.
"I am a mom living in WINGS at the moment with my beautiful kids. I came to WINGS because I was in another shelter, which was only a 21 day stay. They suggested I go to WINGS because they provide support and have programs that help with domestic abuse.
I came to Canada as an immigrant and met my spouse here. I was physically and mentally abused by my spouse. He isolated me from society. I wasn’t allowed to go to work or to school. I wasn’t even allowed to go grocery shopping or to visit family or friends.
WINGS changed that for me. They helped me to grow and showed me that I have the right to be treated as a human being. My counsellor is the best; she helps me to deal with my situation. Now I can speak; I am independent. I can drive a car and I am looking forward to going to school and work. Thanks to WINGS I can get financially stable and they have made me stronger and a more positive person. This place is a home to me and my children and I wish I could stay here forever."