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.
(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."