BMO Bank of Montreal invests in the safety of women and children of Waterloo Region
Waterloo Region, ON- Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region is very proud to thank BMO Bank of Montreal for their support of the campaign to Rebuild Haven House, the shelter supporting abused women and their children in Cambridge and North Dumfries.
BMO has pledged to invest $60,000 in the safety and the future of women in our region.
“As a community bank, we are part of the fabric in cities and regions across the country,” said Patti Wilson, Regional Vice President for BMO Bank of Montreal. “We are pleased to support an organization that truly makes a difference in the lives of families facing challenging times.”
With over 6,100 domestic violence related calls to the Waterloo Regional Police Services, the need for a bigger shelter to serve Women and their children is urgent.
Originally built to accommodate 11 people, the new shelter will be rebuilt to 45 beds and will accommodate adequate space for programming and partnerships, and be an environment conducive to healing. The rebuilt Haven House will feature a notable security system, private entrance for clients, a commercial kitchen and servery, expandable private bedrooms and bathrooms (for women with several children), designated program spaces for youth, music therapy, spiritual care, medical care and much more. Located at the corner of Acorn Way and Elgin Street, the site provides easy access to transportation, recreation and shopping facilities. The “Rebuild Haven House…She Deserves It” campaign celebrated the official ground breaking in June 2015 and construction has begun.
“We are proud to partner with BMO Bank of Montreal to ensure that each woman in Cambridge who needs help, will have what she deserves….a Rebuilt Haven House,” says CEO of Women’s Crisis Services, Mary Zilney. “Every abused woman and child in Cambridge and North Dumfries deserves a facility that supports them to move forward and break the intergenerational cycle of abuse so that the next generation does not need to seek our help. We rely on our community to help us move beyond violence.”