Our Story

Wings of Providence was registered as a charitable organization with Revenue Canada on April 1, 1986 and incorporated under the Society Act in June 1986.

In the beginning...

A group of concerned citizens, including the Sisters of Providence, were willing to find the means necessary to address the need for long-term, safe and supportive accommodation designed for women with children who had experienced family violence.

Founding president, Sister Gloria Keylor, S.P. and 11 volunteer board members and resource people, including Rocky Forest and Judge L. Maynard, worked very hard to bring Wings of Providence to reality.

In April, 1987, WINGS, which stands for Women in Need Growing Stronger, opened its doors to our first family in need.

Extending WINGS further

In 2001, WINGS launched a capital campaign to raise $4.75 million for a new 20 unit apartment building to expand our services. After touring 54 apartment buildings and discussing needs with architects and engineers, the Board of Directors determined that the best and most cost effective option was to build a new facility.

With the support of major contributors like the Estate of Eileen Waterhouse, Edmonton Housing Trust Fund, CMHC, Sisters of Providence, and the City of Edmonton Low Income Capital Housing Assistance Program Grant, WINGS opened a second-stage shelter in 2003 within a quiet community near schools and shopping; a community where these families could spread their wings towards independent living.

The Home Next Door

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

Facts About Family Violence

67% of Canadians say they personally know at least one woman who has been physically or sexually assaulted.

(Angus Reid Omnibus Survey, Canadian Women’s Foundation, 2012.)

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

For nearly 10 years I have dealt with an abusive cycle: being with the father of my children. I had exhausted all my options trying to leave on several occasions. Knowing what abuses were to come, it was clear I had to find another way out. I swallowed my pride and went to a women’s shelter. This was where I heard of WINGS.

At first I did not apply since I was determined to do it on my own. However a single mother with three children on income support cannot find housing at reasonable costs. With only a few days left at the women’s shelter, I applied for WINGS.

Now I have an apartment of my own and my children are safe. Having people there to help me through this transition has been most reassuring. My counsellor has been there to help me while I attain proper paperwork to help keep myself, as well as my children, safe. Breaking an abusive cycle alone has never worked out for me. Now I am more confident that I can finally be free this time.

Without WINGS I had nowhere safe to and probably would have ended back living with my children’s father. Without my counsellors support I would have never applied for an Emergency Protective Order which was something I should have done long a. I am excited to get my children back in a routine with a proper lifestyle. They deserve it.