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.
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.
Research shows that children who witness violence are more likely to grow up to become victims or abusers.
(The Effects of Domestic Violence on Children: Where does it Hurt? Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Available: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cp-pc/chi-enf-abu-eng.htm)
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."
If you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1
WINGS does not have a crisis line.
For 24 hour crisis information, call
1-866-331-3933 toll free and you will automatically be directed to a shelter in your area.
For more help,
see our list of hotlines.
*this is not a comprehensive listing of all services, nor does inclusion represent endorsement of services