Home Next Door

WINGS extends its services by opening the Home Next Door

The first-of-its-kind in Edmonton, WINGS extended its services in the summer of 2012 to open The Home Next Door – an affordable housing complex which provides a safe and secure home in a healthy, supportive community, to women with children to promote continued healing and independence.

Women’s Access to Affordable Housing Key to Eliminating Family Violence

WINGS recognized some families were leaving the second-stage shelter early in order to secure accommodations or staying beyond the standard program of six months when no other accommodations could be secured, preventing the WINGS shelter from offering space in our programs to other families in need.

By addressing the shortage of affordable housing, The Home Next Door at WINGS aims to break the cycle of multi-generational poverty for future generations.

The Home Next Door at WINGS includes:

  • 30,000 square feet of space consisting of 29 fully-furnished apartments.
  • Restriction of public access to the building. Security cameras to monitor traffic in and around the building.
  • Live-in caretaker for enhanced safety.
  • On-site Rocky Forest Daycare. Provides quality, professional child care services so that women can return to work or school.
  • An Outreach Program which continues to support women and their children as they integrate into the community.

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.

(Alberta Children and Youth Services, October 2008. Available: Child Abuse / Children Exposed to Violence Information Sheet)

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!