Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region has many partnerships in the community, which are central to the work we do to help women and their children move beyond violence and abuse in their lives. Here is a list of some of our partners and how we work with them.
Thrift on Kent (Mennonite Central Committee) and St Vincent de Paul
The residents of Anselma House, who are in need, have access to items such as clothing and house-wares, through the use of re-loadable cards, which are made accessible by MCC Thrift on Kent. In turn, for Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region re-directs donors, who have gently used items such as clothing and house-wares, to MCC Thrift on Kent.
The residents of Haven House, who are in need, have access to items such as clothing and house-wares, through referrals to SVDP. Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region re-directs donors, who have gently used items such as clothing and house-wares, to SVDP.
Family Relocation Program
Residents of Anselma House, who are in need, can obtain either new or gently used furniture, house-wares, linens, and occasionally appliances, when these items are available, and have them delivered to their new residence for a nominal fee. Staff sends donors who have gently used furniture, house-wares, linens, or appliances to the Family Relocation Program. Staff will also support and co-ordinate residents’ access to the Family Relocation Program.
Waterloo Region and the Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre, Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner
The purpose of this partnership is for the residents of Anselma House to have increased access to health services through accessing a Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner, one half-day per week, for check-ups, episodic health care, mental health care, treatment, or assistance to access resources to mental health care providers, managing certain chronic diseases, education, etc.
Waterloo Region Health Unit/Dental screening
So that the residents of Anselma House and Haven House have increased access to dental services, they have opportunity to meet with a Dental Hygienist, from the Waterloo Region Health Unit/Dental Screening, made available at AH one-half day per month, and quarterly at Haven House. The hygienist covers dental check-ups, fluoride varnish, dental education, and referrals to community dentists, when needed.
Family and Children’s Services
Residents of Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region, whose children are either in need of protection or for whom there is an investigation pertaining to alleged protection concerns, will receive the services of a Family and Children’s Services worker, housed on-site at either Anselma, and/or Haven House.
With their consent, the women and children receiving Child Protection Services on-site at the Shelter will experience communication between FCS and WCSWR about their needs, service plans will be developed jointly and in a timely manner, they will experience case coordination and have clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities of both Shelter and FCS workers.
KW Counselling Services and Family Counselling Centre of Cambridge and North Dumfries
Children and their mothers may be referred by Women’s Crisis Services staff for counselling services by either KW Counselling Services or Family Counselling Centre, Cambridge and North Dumfries, depending on their location. The purpose is to link residents to longer term counselling support which can continue after leaving the shelter.
Kitchener Waterloo Soup Sisters
For the residents of Anselma House and/or Haven House to have access to nutritious, homemade soup on a bi-monthly basis, through delivery of fresh, homemade soup by Kitchener Waterloo Soup Sisters.
Women’s Crisis Services staff attends the Soup Sisters’ event on a bi-monthly basis to provide education to participants about Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region and its services.
Family Violence Project of Waterloo Region
As a partner in the Family Violence Project, we collaborate with our community to provide a coordinated, co-located and seamless response to victims of family violence and their children. We are hoping to reduce homicide from family violence in Waterloo Region. The project is housed at Mosaic Counselling.
The partners in the FVP are the following: Community Care Access Centre of Waterloo, Crown Attorney’s office, Family and Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region, Mosaic Counselling and Family Services, Victim Witness Assistance Program, Waterloo Regional Police Services, Waterloo Regional Sexual Assault Domestic Violence Treatment Centre, Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region.
All women who meet the mandate for WCSWR and who are residing in one of the “next door” units are offered outreach support for up to one year. WCSWR assigns a specific Outreach Worker to act as a point person for YWCA/Mary’s Place staff. that are overseeing the “next door” units.
Kitchener Waterloo Humane Society/Healing Hearts
Women and children who are in crisis will receive support by staff with the assistance and intervention of the therapy dog. The dog’s presence, in accordance with research on therapy dogs, will help women and children to feel calmer and more relaxed.