Rowan House Receives Funding for Safe at Home Project

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Rowan House Launches Work on Safe at Home Project
New pilot project to test innovative approach to housing for rural victims of domestic violence

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High River, AB, June 4, 2019 – Rowan House Society is ready to begin development of a new project in Claresholm, thanks to a significant grant from Status of Women Canada’s Department for Women and Gender Equality.

The federal government recently committed a total of $731,289 over a four-year period, allowing the Society to develop, implement and evaluate the new Safe at Home (SAH) program, focusing on supports for women living in rural and remote communities.

In this new approach, incidences of domestic violence are identified, usually by RCMP, and the perpetrator is (either voluntarily or involuntarily) removed from the home and provided with temporary housing and counselling to address his behaviours. Meanwhile, it provides more stability for the victims of abuse, as the women and children get to remain safe in their own homes and communities while also receiving supports from the Society as needed.

“When women and children leave an abusive situation, their whole lives are typically uprooted while little changes for their abuser, who may continue the cycle of violence with his next partner,” said Rowan House Chief Operating Officer, Timmi Shorr.  “One of the reasons this project is so exciting, is it actually addresses the root cause of domestic violence and works to ensure that cycle of violence is broken.”

Shorr explained the project will be tested in Claresholm as families in rural/remote areas typically have a harder time accessing domestic violence services, and service providers in the town were immediately responsive to the idea and interested in making it available to their community members.

The Society will be working with its partners to finalize project details over the next several months and anticipate implementing the program in April 2020. 

Rowan House’s mission is to provide crisis intervention, long-term support and education for those affected by family violence in rural communities. In doing so, we work to fulfill our vision: that every person is safe and secure and lives without abuse.

 

For more information, please contact:
Timmi Shorr
Chief Operating Officer, Rowan House Society
D: 403-603-5986
C: 403-336-5192
E: timmis@rowanhouse.ca

Search for New Executive Director Has Ended

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Rowan House Announces Hiring of New Chief Operating Officer
Interim-Executive Director, Timmi Shorr to continue on with the Society in newly created leadership role

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High River, AB, June 4, 2019 – Rowan House Society is pleased to announce Interim-Executive Director, Timmi Shorr has officially accepted the permanent position of Chief Operating Officer.

The Board created the new role with the firm belief it’s what’s needed for where the Society is at right now.  “This role reflects the direction the Society is moving with our exciting new initiatives, such as the Safe at Home Project and the Second Stage Housing project”, said Board Chair, Chris Tulloch. “We need a strong business model to manage the expansion of Rowan House with a hands-on approach that ensures it’s not to the detriment of our current programs and services that are so important.”

Shorr has lived and worked in the local region for over 10 years. Her entire career has been in the non-profit sector with experience in business, fundraising, volunteers, education and mental health. Tulloch said, “As Interim-Executive Director, Timmi has certainly risen to the challenge of leading Rowan House just a few short months after joining the organization. We look forward to working with her in this new role.”

Shorr said she’s excited for the opportunity to continue developing the relationships she’s started to build since joining Rowan House in December and looks forward to collaborating with community partners to support women and children in need. 

Rowan House’s mission is to provide crisis intervention, long-term support and education for those affected by family violence in rural communities. In doing so, we work to fulfill our vision: that every person is safe and secure and lives without abuse.

For more information, please contact:
Chris Tulloch
Board Chair, Rowan House Society
chair@rowanhouse.ca

Interim Executive Director Appointment

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Rowan House Appoints New Interim Executive Director
Society Focusing on Launch of Second Stage Shelter Project

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High River, AB, March 4, 2019 – Rowan House Society is pleased to announce that Timmi Shorr has been appointed Interim Executive Director, while a permanent replacement is recruited.

The focus will be on the much-anticipated launch of the second stage shelter project in Okotoks.  “We’re excited to be moving into a new phase with the second stage shelter, as well as other projects to make the transition out of the emergency shelter easier for the women and children we serve," said Board Chair, Chris Tulloch.  He added, “We’d like to recognize the valuable contributions our former Executive Director, Sherrie Botten, made, and wish her well in her future endeavours.”

The second stage shelter is a housing development where women and their children can transition from the emergency shelter to living on their own with the continued support of the counsellors and resources of Rowan House. “Access to safe, affordable housing is a significant barrier for women, who are often faced with a life of poverty or returning to their abusive partners,” Tulloch explains. “Having longer-term support will serve to provide a stronger foundation for clients moving out of domestic violence situations.”

Rowan House Society is actively involved with several other initiatives to eliminate violence against women and children and would like to thank the community for its continued support as we continue toward that goal.

 

Rowan House’s mission is to provide crisis intervention, long-term support and education for those affected by family violence in rural communities. In doing so, we work to fulfill our vision: that every person is safe and secure and lives without abuse.

 

For more information, please contact:
Chris Tulloch
Board Chair, Rowan House Society
chair@rowanhouse.ca

November is Family Violence Prevention Month

While Rowan House works to provide Domestic Violence preventative education and awareness all year long, we are raising the volume on this work for the month of November.

Alberta’s Family Violence Prevention Month began in 1986 as a local initiative in the Town of Hinton. Since then it has grown and is recognized by agencies all across the province, including Rowan House for the Foothills.

For several years now, we have been adorning street signs, lamp posts and benches throughout the downtown streets of High River and Okotoks with purple ribbons and stat cards to intrigue and educate passersby.

Last year we encouraged the community to be a little more active in their support by launching our purple shoelace campaign where you could pick up free purple laces to put in your shoes, take pictures and share them on social media using the hashtag: #LaceUpForRowanHouse.

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This campaign is back for 2018 and shoelaces are available at Colossi’s Cafe in High River as well as Home Ground Coffee and Roasting House or Balance Everywhere in Okotoks.

We hope everyone will drop by these local businesses to get their shoelaces and share how they are taking a stand against bullying and abuse.

And if you’re looking to learn more about this important societal issue - join us on all of our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) for our Family Violence Prevention Month - Fact or Fiction mini series. This series will air every Tuesday and Thursday throughout November and will have our community staff coming on at 8am to share certain myths about abuse and asking YOU if it’s Fact or Fiction. You can take the poll to share your thoughts and return at noon to see the answer revealed. We hope you’ll check it out!

If you have any questions about our Family Violence Prevention Month Campaigns, email communications@rowanhouse.ca or call our Community Relations Coordinator at 403.603.5999.

Fall 2018 Newsletter

Rowan House Society’s latest newsletter is ready for your reading pleasure.

Inside this issue: Our Birdies for Kids Campaign was our most successful yet! Plus, Rowan House is looking for volunteer cooks; and diapers and tetra pack almond or coconut milk are our request for the month of October!

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Summer 2018 Newsletter

Rowan House Society’s latest newsletter is ready for your reading pleasure.

Inside this issue: an article on pets as pawns in abusive relationships, a Save the Date for Breakfast with the Guys, 3 reasons to join our monthly giving program, upcoming events and more!

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2017-2018 Report to the Community Now Available

Front cover of our latest Annual Report

Front cover of our latest Annual Report

Rowan House Society would like to take a moment to look back at our past fiscal year and once again recognize everyone who made a difference for the families and communities we serve.

Between April 1st, 2017 and March 31st, 2018, countless women, children and youth found safety, learned how to recognize the signs of the different forms of abuse, and were empowered to rewrite their stories...all because of you!

We hope you will take a moment to read over our Report to the Community to see the many ways you have made a difference.

You can also pick up a hard copy by visiting our information booth at various community events around the Foothills this summer.