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Reminder about Shoppers Home Health Care SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU, Growing Women's Health fundraising Campaign! So proud to have been chosen- ongoing until November 2nd and you can make a donation at your local store. #SHOPPERSLOVEYOU ... See moreSee less

F....A....Q Friday!!

Q: I want to help, I really do, but I don’t have a ton of money or stuff to donate- what else can I do?

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Talk about it. Include women and families in the conversation when discussing homelessness and poverty in our community.

Ask your council representative about their platform relating to homelessness and poverty; many won’t mention women or families specifically, or at all- remind them that our community is one in which 1 in 4 children live below the poverty line.

Part of a community group, committee or organization? Ask the shelter to speak, we are always willing- whether it is 5 minutes or 50.

Talk about homelessness with your children in a way that promotes dignity, that connects homelessness to the larger systemic failures and not just “lazy poor people”

Volunteer at the Centre, or another shelter- if you can do so consistently for at least 3 hours or so a week

Read! Check the Homeless Hub- it’s a wealth of information!

Follow us on social media- help spread awareness of the agency further into the community

Attend our events- they can be a great night out, while also supporting the agency

Save us money that can go elsewhere to programming- things like yard maintenance, helping making flyers or promo items, cleaning, volunteering at our events, etc are all really important and help us create a wonderful and growing sense of community!
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Kari BensonExcellent answer 👏

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Families experiencing homelessness- the emergency that has lost it's urgency in our community. Today's numbers, brought to you by poverty, lack of affordable homes in our community, violence, and family instability: 16 families (16 head of household, 29 dependents, 45 total family members), 17 single women on-site. Age range- 11 months to 72 years old. ... See moreSee less

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Alynn GodfroyDo you need anything for the 11 month old? We have lots of baby clothes and other items at our house. We can drop off diapers or anything else that you need.

6 days ago   ·  5
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Mike MorencyAd in 10 more families that are at Matthew House including 14 children aged 2 months to 17 years.

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Shanay BlakeIs there a chance churches could open their facilities to the people in need or hotels until there is vacancies in the shelters?

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Welcome Centre Shelter for Womenseeing this is starting to spread- which is a great thing! For those who have asked, messaged, called or emailed: thank-you! Food Bank donations always needed (dry goods, canned goods, non-perishable snacks for kids), winter coats in various sizes always help too. Our space is small, so not too much is needed to fill the shelves! Overall, the "want" from this post can be easy! Talk to your family, kids, friends, service group members, co-workers about solutions our community can work on together to ensure there is safe and affordable homes for all!

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Donna OuelletteThis has been shared by me--hope this helps in some way...

6 days ago
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MaryAnn BalestriniThe government can find homes for illegals but not for citizens??

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Deborah Lynn BeethamShared this post, hoping for donations for your vital service and for the Government to assess the need more clearly!

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Amber Rose-Marie Brunet-millerIf this is in windsor give me the address I want drop off all I got tons ladies clothes,shoes and more that I dont want apart with anymore...let me know please I would love to help them out any in needs..

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Bucky BooAll this has happened and drastically got worse under the so called leadership of windsor's current mayor, Dilkins and his predecessor fast Eddie Francis. People need to vote Matt Marchand for mayor of windsor and give him a chance to implement his plans for this and other similar issues that have gotten progressively worse, especially in the last 4 to 8 years.

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Satish ShonekI think ALL organizations that receive tax exempt status should chip in

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Nicole BéAn inclusionary housing ordinance adopted by the city would help. Any new residential development receiving over a certain amount in subsidies by the city or province must include affordable housing.

6 days ago
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Denise ClineWhat about Halloween costumes for the kids? Do they need some? Kids don't think like adults do, they will want to trick or treat. Sizes, characters?

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Erin RobitailleFollowing

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In a golf challenge between Unifor Local 200 and Local 444 last month, Lady Laforet Director from the Welcome Centre Shelter For Women And Families graciously accepted a $1200.00 donation which was raised.

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School year is well underway- want to be a social justice warrior? Ask your local Trustee what they are doing to guarantee educational rights and supports for students experiencing homelessness, and what work they have done to remove any barriers these students may face in succeeding in school. Bonus question: ask how many have toured area shelters or inquired about local data on children experiencing homelessness in their area. ... See moreSee less

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Tamara LynnMany Councilors don't understand the poverty and homelessness stats in W-E either.

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Julia BurgessGreat questions for trustee candidates.

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Nancy BelangerExcellent questions my friend.

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Marny BealeAny thought of supporting Alan Halberstadt‘s dream off merging boards?

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Shoppers Home Healthcare is supporting the Welcome Center through their Growing Women's Health instore campaign. You can show your support by making a donation at 1624 Howard Avenue. 100% of proceeds will go to the Centre and supporting emergency shelter for women and kids in Windsor. Follow the campaign or stop by the store- see what community support looks like in action and be a part of it! #SHOPPERSLOVEYOU ... See moreSee less

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It's Friday--you know what this means, FAQ Friday!

Q: You want a BIGGER Shelter? I thought we were moving away from more shelters?

A:Our community has never had dedicated emergency shelter accommodations for families outside of the antiquated, unsafe, expensive use of hotels as shelter; "right-sizing the shelter system" is noted in the local community plan.
The current women’s shelter was bought with 8 beds in mind and now offers 12 beds and 5 mats on the living room floor- most often all are full, and women are turned away regularly due to space.
The hotel offers a single room only for families with kids- no programming space, common space, outdoor space for kids to play, has high security considerations, no laundry service, and lacks the 24 hour a day staffing and support that single men and single women have access to at area shelters.
Women and families have different needs- serving them all in a single-site location is more cost efficient, allows for increased safety and security, increased programming, partnership-building and community impact, and in a building that allows for future use as transitional or permanent housing if the emergency shelter space is no longer needed (because that’s what we are really working towards, right?).
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