Some of you may remember that our picnic table fell apart last year. A very generous community member came and picked up the old table to dispose of, but we still haven’t been able to get a new one. There aren’t a lot of places to relax outside of the shelter, and a lot of the women would appreciate having a comfortable space to enjoy the nice weather before it is gone for the season.
Can you or someone you know help us out? Email email@example.com or give us a call at (519) 971-7595 x33
QUESTION: “You arent here to help women at all! I came there because my house was crawling with bedbugs and you turned me away. What kind of womens shelter are you?!?!?”
A: We apologize that you had a negative experience. The Welcome Centre Shelter is an emergency shelter program for women and families experiencing homelessness (or violence, in which case the home is not safe). As an emergency homeless shelter, we're here to support the women and families who need it the most, so we need to keep our beds available for people who have absolutely no other options. When people call us looking for a bed, we make sure to explore all other options first - ability to stay in their own unit, stay with friends/family, pay for a hotel, etc. If someone doesn’t want to stay in their unit because of bugs, they are not truly experiencing homelessness. Pest control is a landlord responsibility and we would refer people to contact their landlords to remedy the problem, and thereafter the Landlord Tenant Board and/or Community Legal Aid if the issue is not being addressed. We understand that living arrangements may not be comfortable if there are bugs, pests, or even annoying roommates, but staying in a homeless shelter is not the solution. If you are facing those or similar issues, although we would not be able to intake you into shelter, we can point you in the right direction. Another community agency, Housing Information Services, is also there to support community members in addressing their housing issues. You can reach them at (519) 254-4824. ... See moreSee less
Do you want to make a meaningful impact on children and youth in shelter? Did you graduate from ECE, CYC, or another related program? Are you interested in planning and implementing educational, recreational, and social-emotional programming alongside our existing team of staff and volunteers? Can you start immediately? If so, our Children and Youth Program Coordinator position could be for you!
We’re very grateful for the support of all of our followers here, and on Instagram (@welcomecentreshelter) and Twitter (@WellComeCentre).
And we want to give you more of what YOU want to see on our pages! Is it more client stories, day-to-day shelter business, FAQs, information on local and national homelessness issues, stats and trends within shelter? Something else?
Let us know in the comments and we will do our best to bring you the content you’re looking for. Thank you for your support! ... See moreSee less
The Welcome Centre Shelter is turning 30 this month!
We’ve come a long way since delivering programs in a 3 bedroom house with a daycare operating out of the garage. Now we’re the sole women’s and families emergency shelter in Windsor-Essex, providing services to thousands of individuals every year with our emergency shelter, kids recreational and educational program, woman-centered food bank, harm reduction, and drop-in programs. All of it could not have been made possible without the amazing support we’ve received from the community. Thank you so much for your dedication and support over the years and in the future!
We’re looking forward to our next 30 years as we strive to reduce the devastating impact of homelessness and housing insecurity as much as we possibly can by bringing even more support and programming to vulnerable women and families in the community. Stay tuned. ... See moreSee less
Marion HomerCongrats. It was a pleasure to work alongside you many years ago when I was at Royal Lepage. We had such fun building & raffling off tickets for a children’s playhouse in support. Happy memories,
Thanks so much ladies, so delicious and much appreciated as always! ... See moreSee less
Our monthly Cook-A-Meal Donation to the Welcome Centre Shelter for Women.
Menu: Spaghetti with Salad & Dinner Rolls 😊
(Due to covid19 we do not actually go to the shelter to cook but rather cook at home & drop it off.
Also, we appreciate the positive response of women wanting to participate but due to covid19 we have to remain safe.)
QUESTION: I’m a yoga instructor and I’m interested in running a free class with the women at your shelter sometime. Is that possible?
Yes! We love to utilize the skills of community members to increase access to new, unique, and supportive services and activities that women in shelter may not otherwise be able to participate in. For example, women in the community may be interested to come in to give haircuts, thread eyebrows, paint nails, do henna, as well as run meditation sessions, pro-bono medical or legal clinics, support groups, YOGA, and more! Typically, we have these volunteers come in to run activities on our drop-in days (Tuesdays from 12PM till 3PM and Thursdays from 5PM till 8PM). Since the COVID outbreak, we've had to put drop-in on hold. But we're hoping to have the program running again as soon as we can. When it is, we would love to hear from you! ... See moreSee less
Sleep Country Canada is opening TWO new Windsor locations (today at 4450 Walker Road and a second store that is slated to open at 35 Amy Croft Drive on July 9). To celebrate, and to support the local communities they serve, the Centre was chosen as a community partner! The donation will assist the Centre with safe and comfortable sleeping arrangements in our women's shelter program. Thanks to Sleep Country, the Centre has all brand new mattresses, boxsprings, bedbug covers, pillows, sheets, and weighted blankets! Thanks to the amazing team who organized it, and the wonderful delivery people who unloaded an entire truck for us in this heat! ... See moreSee less