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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.

January/February 2018 Newsletter

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

Inside this issue: Bookings are now open for our new Leading Program, we are looking for people to fill both a volunteer and job posting, and there's many exciting events coming up to take part in.

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September/October 2017 Newsletter

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

Inside this issue: New developments in Transitional Housing, details on how to support Rowan House in the Aviva Community Fund Contest and preparations for Family Violence Prevention Month.

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Defining Homelessness in the Face of Domestic Abuse

The Alberta Council of Women's Shelters (ACWS), together with 16 of its members (including Rowan House), have published a report on second-stage shelters. It includes recommendations that government can implement to address homelessness related to domestic abuse. Below is a media release from ACWS explaining the importance of this report.

Media Release
August 30, 2017

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Report: Invest in women’s shelters to solve women’s homelessness

EDMONTON, AB–The Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters together with sixteen of their members have published a report: A Safe Path Home, based on their collaborative work over the last two years. The report highlights the work of second-stage women’s shelters in Alberta and provides practical recommendations that government can implement to support women and children who have become homeless due to domestic abuse.

Jan Reimer, ACWS Executive Director, says current definitions of homelessness need to change: “When women flee violence at home, they are homeless. These women may not fit into traditional understandings of homelessness, but when the choice they face is between violence at home, the risk of violence on the streets or in homeless shelters, plus the risk of losing their children to foster care or to their abuser – it is clear their need is acute.” 

Reimer said she would like to see Alberta housing services follow the example of other provinces that give special priority to victims of domestic violence. British Columbia, for example, has a priority placement housing program for women fleeing violence — and second-stage women’s shelters are built into their housing strategy. 

“The fact is, current affordable housing and homeless shelters are not always tailored to support women and children fleeing violence,” Reimer said. “Second-stage women’s shelters are the only long-term housing supports that offer their expertise in creating safety from domestic abusers, trauma and violence informed care, wrap-around supports and specialized children’s programming.”

Provincial funding announced in 2015 allowed second-stage women’s shelters to significantly strengthen their service offerings (all but two shelters previously operated without any government funding at all). Shelters were able to develop new programs, increase the scope of outreach services, hire child trauma counsellors and expand child-focused services. Ongoing investment will be needed to sustain these changes. 

Second-stage shelters can boast some strong outcomes based on recent data. At the end of their stay in shelter, 87% of women were able to achieve progress towards their goals and over 80% were satisfied with services they received. While a staggering 67% of women were homeless upon entering shelter, only 9% were moving into unstable housing/homelessness upon exiting. More than half of women (55%) were moving into stable housing at the end of their stay.

[BC Housing Priority Placement Program: https://www.bchousing.org/housing-assistance/women-fleeing-violence/priority-placement-program]

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Read the report: A Safe Path Home