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Tuesday February 3rd, 2015

Posted at 10:00am

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The Welcome Centre Shelter for Women has received Ontario Trillium Foundation funding over a five year period to hire a Director of Community Engagement.

According to Executive Director Lady Laforet, this new position will focus on moving ahead with efforts to increase awareness and community support for their work as Windsor-Essex County’s sole provider of emergency shelter and transitional supports for women experiencing homelessness for any reason.

“The Centre is excited to announce that Remy Boulbol has begun work with this newly created position,” says Laforet. “Remy brings years of community engagement and social justice experience to the Centre and will be an asset to ensuring we do the most we can with this amazing opportunity”.

Plans for the funding include increasing community partnerships, identifying innovative ways to fill gaps in services for clients, and working towards a community that embraces the Centre’s services and clients.

“This grant is really about establishing a long-term investment in our community in women and homelessness services”, said Laforet. “The Welcome Centre has spent the past 25 years establishing services for women in this community who need safe space, and we are dedicated to reigniting an even deeper sense of community interest and support for our programs”.

The Centre provides safe space for women who are experiencing homelessness to renew a sense of hope as they work to transform their lives in positive ways. The Centre can accommodate up to twelve women and provides programming to women 18 years of age and over, with over 300 women accessing shelter in 2014.

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