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
In 2009, 64% of those with children who experienced violence by an ex-spouse indicated that a child had seen or heard the violence.
(About Family Violence.(2015, Jan. 7). Retrieved April 10, 2015, from Government of Canada Department of Justice: http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/cj-jp/fv-vf/about-apropos.html)
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."