ONE ACT of Expression

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Julian’s mother is a former resident of Anselma House. As he watched and experienced her journey to a life beyond violence, Julian was inspired to put his feelings and motivation into this beautiful piece of art. The piece expresses his gratitude and hope for the future for all women and people effected by abuse. We thank Julian for his expression in art. ” When I made this piece of art, I wanted to add more meaning than color, more...

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ONE ACT of Partnership in Healing

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By Wanda Rae Residential Program Manager Haven House has a new partnership with the Waterloo Region Nurse Practitioner Led Clinic situated in Cambridge. A Nurse Practitioner provides onsite medical care for residents who do not have a primary care provider. We have many situations where women arrive at our Cambridge shelter and either don’t have a primary care provider or they cannot access their family physician because they have relocated...

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ONE ACT of Community Support

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By: Wanda Rae MSW, RSW Residential Manager A new partnership that began over the past year is with Chris Rau, franchise owner of “Wings Up” located in Waterloo.   Once per month he generously provides a meal to residents at Anselma House; which is usually 45 women and children.  The generous portions include a variety of chicken wings, vegetables, coleslaw, onion rings, and garlic bread.  Chris always ensures there are boneless wings for small...

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ONE ACT of Excellence in Service

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By: Merle Fast MSW, RSW Director of Quality Assurance In 2015, the Ministry of Community and Social Services developed Violence Against Women (VAW) Emergency Shelter Standards to all VAW shelters in Ontario. The standards outline the minimum requirements for all ministry funded VAW emergency shelters, and the expectations of the ministry. They are intended to support VAW emergency shelters in providing consistent, high quality services to women...

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ONE ACT of Education

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By: Jennifer Hutton MSW, RSW Outreach Manager   Within our community, there are so many different types of helpers that are completing multiple acts of service day in and day out. We are fortunate to have skilled staff at Women’s Crisis Services that complete a lot more than ‘one act’ each and every day. Over the past year, Women’s Crisis Services staff provided training to Personal Support Workers (PSWs) students. This program focused on...

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ONE ACT of Collaboration

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By: Jennifer Hutton MSW, RSW Outreach Manager Women’s Crisis Services have been working closely with the Kitchener Waterloo Humane Society to provide an important service for both our shelter and outreach clients. Research well documents that women stay in abusive relationships approximately two years longer if they have a pet, due to two factors; 1) they worry that the pet may be harmed in their absence and 2) the bond is too strong for them...

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