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 or call our Community Relations Coordinator at 403.603.5999.

Give the Gift of Soup

Soup Sisters and the Millarville Racing and Agricultural Society have teamed up to make soup for Rowan House Emergency Shelter.

Come enjoy an afternoon filled with lively conversation, chopping, laughter and warm kitchen camaraderie that culminate in a simple, sit-down meal of soup, salad, bread and wine for all participants. Each event produces approximately 200 servings of fresh soup that goes directly to Rowan House where it is enjoyed by residents, Outreach clients and Healthy Relationship Group participants.

Turn your next team building event or social gathering into a do good, feel good activity!

Upcoming Dates:

September 30, 2018
November 18, 2018
January 27, 2019
March 3, 2019
May 26, 2019

All events run from 1-4pm at the Millarville Race Track

For more information or to book a soup making event contact

Soup Sisters charges a $55 participation fee per person to cover the expenses of ingredients for the soups, the venue and equipment. This ensures that the best ingredients possible are used every time for the soup we provide to women, children and youth.

Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink

Event Date: August 30th – September 3rd, 2017

Rowan House Emergency Shelter is thrilled to announce we have once again been selected as a participating charity in Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink.

Why are we so excited about this, you ask? Well, Birdies for Kids is a non-profit program run under the Shaw Charity Classic Foundation. Rowan House will receive 100% of every donation directed through this program and all donations are matched up to 50% - stretching your support even further!

The program runs now through the end of the Shaw Charity Classic, Sunday, September 3, 2017 at 11:59:59pm MT. If you were considering making a donation, here’s an opportunity to increase your impact. Funds raised through Birdies for Kids are directed to our Branches Preventative Education Program

Help break the cycle of violence.

Donate online or fill out the PDF Pledge Card and email it to: