Supportive, Transitional Housing for Women and Children
Bridge House Transitional Housing Program offers safe, secure and affordable housing for individuals and their children who are overcoming domestic violence. Bridge House is a next step option for those leaving crisis shelter who are in need of a secure refuge in which to build a better, safer future for themselves and their children. This program includes ongoing, confidential supportive counselling as well as intensive case management to assist individuals and families with housing, economic independence and appropriate community connections.
Bridge House facilitates a safe and supportive environment for women and their children seeking a fresh start and a path to independence in their own community. The program consists of two living spaces for victims of violence, with dedicated services to assist families with permanent housing, economic independence and appropriate community connections.
Who is this program for?
Individuals who are experiencing emotional, physical or sexual abuse from an intimate partner. This is the next step option for those leaving crisis shelter who are in need of a secure refuge in which to build a better, safer future for themselves and their children.
Bridge House was established through a partnership between the YWCA Banff and St. George-in-the-Pines Anglican Church. Prior to Bridge House, the Bow Valley Women’s Emergency Shelter housed the region’s only dedicated space for women and their children fleeing violence. The need for additional resources to adequately support victims in our communities was crucial.
A lack of suitable housing as well as rising rents in the Bow Valley present significant barriers for victims of violence looking to rebuild their lives after leaving crisis shelter. Without transitional housing options, victims often reluctantly return to abusive environments in lieu of accessing suitable facilities and supports in other cities or towns far from home.
How You Can Help
Additional funds are needed to continue providing support services to victims, to cover leasing costs, and for ongoing maintenance to the facility. Your generous donation will help Bow Valley women and their children rebuild the secure life of dignity that they deserve.
Shaping a safe and inclusive Bow Valley that empowers women and their community for a better future.
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