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

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!