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Kids in shelter don't just "accompany" their parents into shelter, they experience themselves. Kids Deserve Play! ... See moreSee less

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MarMike Berthiaume👍👍👍to the Solcz family

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Elizabeth Stephensthe shelter has come a long way since Lady became the ED. You go, girl!!

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Kim DoucetDo you have specific needs for you play soace at this time ??

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Hidden Homelessness has many faces; many of those faces are women and girls. ... See moreSee less

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In the face of COVID-19, we need your help
Our yearly fundraising efforts help to provide essential services and staffing. It funds our volunteer coordinator who oversees our team of volunteers, supports our harm reduction programming, and allows for double staffing on shifts, among other things. We've taken a 25% loss this year in the midst of COVID-19. Show your support - donate today!

www.welcomecentreshelter.com/donate.html

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Update! We have secured cleaning support with an area janitorial company, and are currently working our way through the 40+ resumes remaining for midnight staff. Thank you everyone- if we don't find a fit from those we are working through, we will continue to accept resumes. ... See moreSee less

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Barbara M. Dickensgood news thats great.....

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Can you consider sharing? This is an urgent need, to support the staff and clients. The Welcome Centre has received some much needed emergency funding to assist with staffing at this time.

We are currently looking for midnight staff (12am-8am) 7 days a week (can be FT Sun-Thurs night and a weekend spot, or several PT depending on how many have interest). You will be supporting our midnight staff in general duties (clients, answering phones, cleaning, etc). It is $17.00 hourly, and shift premium of up to $2 hourly through April 30th depending on hours per week.

Funding also includes 5 days weekly (flexible hours available) for cleaning (bathrooms, doors, common areas, hallways), 7 days weekly (again, would be FT or PT depending on applications- we are flexible). The cleaning would be limited contact with residents as much as possible (Ie- you would be cleaning bathrooms when they are not in them, etc). That is $18 hourly per contract.

Please email Dawn Toth at reception@welcomecentreshelter.com if you want more information or are interested it. BE SURE TO INDICATE WHICH POSITION YOU ARE INTERESTED IN. Starts immediately!
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Welcome Centre Shelter for WomenJust clarifying- as emails are coming in. Email reception@welcomecentreshelter.com. Note which position. No, there is no work from home option to either position. Thanks everyone!

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Tamara Dan HebertI’ll share in a few groups

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Linda SquireWhere is this?

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These programs often don't fall under "'homelessness services" funding as they are not viewed as directly related to homelessness prevention or response. We disagree. ... See moreSee less

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Annette StewartI disagree to

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In light of precautions being taken here at the Welcome Centre, as well as throughout our community surrounding COVID-19, we will no longer be accepting in-kind donations until further notice. We will continue to accept donations of cleaning supplies and non-perishable food items as these are in high demand at this time. We want to thank our community for the ongoing support and ask that you respect our decision in efforts to keep our space safe and healthy for those accessing our services. ... See moreSee less

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With the below update, be advised the Centre is in need of masks and additional cleaning wipes at this time. Please contact Dawn Toth at 519-971-7595 if you have any leads or items to share. Please be mindful we are quite busy operationally at this time- so please refrain from donation drop-offs for the next several weeks.
Thanks to all staff, students and volunteers who are getting our clients through this with as little service disruption as possible.
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Food Banks are social safety nets that are becoming the norm. Food insecurity has impacts on health and education that are well-researched and supported. ... See moreSee less

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QUESTION: You say you are “person centred” but families in motel can’t even have visitors in their room. Why not?

It’s difficult in communities that have no bricks and mortar family shelter and use motels as alternative shelter option. It looks like a motel, and we have ideas of how we use and access motels in our life. For our purposes and service delivery- it’s not a motel, it’s emergency shelter. We do our best to ensure guidelines and expectations in a motel setting match guidelines and expectations in the bricks and mortar shelter location for women. Clients are still more than welcome to come and go throughout the day, meet up with family/friends in the community for supports, socializing, etc. But visitors on-site are more people to keep an eye on, a real concern for safety and security, and can lead to problems we often don’t have the staff on-site to deal with (visitors from one room refusing to leave, what if a visitor has a “beef” with a family member of another shelter room, or aren’t aware of and following our expectations around keeping rooms clean, treating each other with respect, etc). We also don’t then know who and how many are in each room in case of an emergency situation if multiple rooms have multiple visitors. So, there are NO visitors on-site in shelter (motel or women's shelter).
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