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Shelters of the Future Conference


Rowan House Society Brings Voice to Shelters of the Future Conference
Local emergency shelter presents at 1st National Conference of Women’s Shelters in Ottawa

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High River, AB, June 12, 2018 – Rowan House Society is making its voice heard at a conference being put on by Women’s Shelters Canada June 13-15, 2018. The conference is the first of its kind in Canada, providing an opportunity for crisis and transitional housing shelter staff to come together to make a difference for women and children affected by domestic violence.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to network and learn from our sister shelters and see how they are doing things across the country,” said Rowan House Executive Director, Sherrie Botten. “We are also excited to be one of the shelters to present on our work.” Botten is slated to present on Removing Barriers to Service: The Journey to a Trauma Informed Practice and The Impact of Second Stage Housing Services, while Janna, Children’s Program Team Lead, will be co-presenting as part of an Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters (ACWS) committee on The Healing Brain: How Children’s Programs Can Improve Effectiveness Through Integrating Brain Science.

Attendees will also be working to affect real change. “Being that the conference is in Ottawa,” explained Botten, “We will have the chance to meet with ministers involved in Housing, Justice, Immigration, Indigenous Affairs, Finance and the Status of Women, to discuss challenges facing the domestic violence services sector.”

Rowan House’s attendance at the conference was made possible through a Government of Alberta Status of Women community grant.

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 contact:
Sherrie Botten
Executive Director,
C: 403-990-7594

Community Host Homes Recruitment

Each year, Rowan House Society provides crisis emergency services to over 200 women with children fleeing domestic violence.  These women live in our communities - Okotoks, High River, Black Diamond, Turner Valley, Claresholm and all surrounding areas.  All too often, these women and children return to the abusive home when they leave the emergency shelter because there is nowhere else for them to go.

Rowan House is developing a new program, called Community Host Homes, to address this problem.  The program involves community members opening their homes to women and children leaving domestic abuse, providing them with a safe and stable place to reside as they transition to independent and violence free lives in the community.

This program is being developed to be flexible while ensuring the needs of both the hosts and hosted families are met.  Training will be provided to the host homes, families will be matched according to specific needs and, both the host and hosted families will be supported by Rowan House staff.

Rowan House needs your help to make this program a success.

If you would like to learn more about this opportunity to serve people in your community, please contact Brigitte Baradoy at 403.850.0585 or