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Welcome Centre Shelter Moving

Friday October 1st, 2021, 5:52pm


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A new shelter for women and families is planned for downtown Windsor in early 2022 led by the Welcome Centre Shelter for Women and Families. The organization provides short-term emergency shelter and transitional supports to women and families with minors who are experiencing homelessness.

“Establishing a dedicated emergency shelter for women and families was outlined as a key priority for our community through the City of Windsor’s 2020 Review of Emergency Shelter Services and, as a result of the contribution from the Province, the City of Windsor will create a new, safe space for persons experiencing homelessness,” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens. “In a year that has presented so many challenges for vulnerable populations, this partnership provides a meaningful example of what is possible when governments work together to find solutions that will make a real difference in the lives of people in our region.”

The purchase of the new building at 500 Tuscarora Street was made possible in part to a $7.75-million contribution from the provincial government’s Social Services Relief Fund.

“I think the new space will provide the advantages that we were looking for as an agency, which are keeping us close to the core where women and families are accessing services, and keeping us within walking distance to area parks that children can access,” said Laforet. “We look forward to building further relationships in the community and being a good neighbour,” said Executive Director of the Welcome Centre Shelter for Women and Families, Lady Laforet.

The Welcome Centre will enter into a Good Neighbour Agreement with surrounding residents and businesses in order to foster positive relationships. The agreement will help enhance neighbourhood safety and develop clear expectations and procedures for resolving concerns. It is also hoped that neighbours will build connections and working relationships with the Welcome Centre.

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