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The Welcome Centre Shelter For Women Launches Fundraiser For New Home

Monday June 6th, 2016, 7:08pm


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Photo from the Welcome Centre Shelter for Women Facebook Page

The Welcome Centre Shelter for Women needs a larger home.

On Monday they launched its Pink Door Capital Campaign to raise funds to expand its emergency shelter services to serve a growing number of single women, as well as to build the first family shelter units in Windsor Essex.

In May 2015, the shelter began providing case management and housing support services to families experiencing homelessness in Windsor. During that time, more than 120 families accessed emergency shelter services and were temporarily housed in local motels, as the current facility is not built to accommodate families or family based programming.

Over the past three years the shelter has seen an increase of 372 admissions in 2012 vs. 434 admissions in 2014; 2015 to date has seen 120 families served under the new family programming.

The Pink Door Campaign will aim to raise $1.5M over the next 12 months to be used towards renovating a to be announced location in the city’s core. The new location will provide additional beds for single women as well as family units, programming space, and community space.

“This campaign is the next phase of the work we engaged in when we began providing emergency shelter services to women in 2001. Due to a great need in our community, we must work to best address the very difficult circumstances faced by women and families who are facing one of the most trying times in their lives,” said Lady Laforet, Executive Director of the Welcome Centre.

During its soft launch earlier this year, the campaign has raised $260,000 from local community members, and will aim to reach its goal of $1.5M by summer 2017. For information on sponsorship, naming rights, and the campaign, visit www.pinkdoorcampaign.ca.

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