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Sherry C, Store Manager for Shoppers Home Health Care on Howard by with a cheque for $678 for their in-store Shoppers Love You, Growing Women's Health fundraising campaign! Thanks to Sherry and the whole store team! #shoppersloveyou ... See moreSee less

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Barbara M. DickensThankfully there are people like Sherry who truely want to help.

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Seeking a Treasurer for the Board of Directors

We are looking for an energetic, enthusiastic and skilled Book-keeper, Accountant, or Financial Manager to take on this crucial Board role. Please direct any inquiries, applications, or general questions to info@welcomecentreshelter.com before Feb 10th, 2019.

Do you have what it takes to lead the Board of Directors’ annual Financial Management Plan? Background in accounting or banking? Prepared to help in preparing, then presenting the monthly agency Financial Report, and answering Board Members’ questions on variances and general expenditures?
Ready to assist in oversight of the agency Book-keeper?

Have 3-4 hours a month you can commit to the agency? Love working in systems like QuickBooks, Excel, Simply Accounting, etc?
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Julie K MyersTunnel or bridge or both?

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Julie K MyersWhere is this happening exactly?

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Today's FAQ:

Q: I’ve called your place 3 times today and no-one answered! What do you DO ALL DAY?

A:Most days more than we are ready for! Bear in mind we may be single-staffed after 4pm, always single-staffed on midnights, and for majority of the day on weekends.

That means a single person, sometimes two, are responsible for the following on their 8 hour shift:
• intakes into shelter (can take 30 minutes or an hour + depending on the situation)
• cleaning rooms upstairs as women move out
* Trying to check in with the women on their housing search goals and efforts
• Dinner meal and putting it out/cleanup afterwards
• answering the phone (can ring anywhere from 10-30ish times a shift)
• answering the door and accepting donations, sorting those donations
* Providing Needle Syringe Program supplies to clients and at the door
• Supporting the women in crisis and in daily life
* Supporting women who may be actively using, may have mental health concerns, and at times have behaviors that go with both and require frequent "check-ins"
* Doing rounds multiple times a shift to ensure we know who is in the building and where
• Taking calls for information and potential intake, logging information in the system for stats purposes
• Cleaning up spills/taking out trash/doing house-cleaning and tidying

Please be patient, and know that if we did not get the call or get to you right away at the door it’s because we are dealing with any number of the above combination of things, often occurring at once!

We have no cleaning staff, no management staff on after 4pm during the week or on weekends, and rely heavily on volunteers to assist us (sometimes upwards of 75 hours weekly!).
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Thursday! In interviews all day for multiple spots, and hired first interview on the spot- can't wait to introduce her next week!

Students hard at work meeting with the women.

2 clients went from the high of finding housing Tuesday to the low of hearing "sorry, decided to rent it to a family member" Wednesday, so working through those tears and getting back out there to try again.

Enactus Windsor on-site tonight to see if any women on-site are interested in participating in the Liberty Project, a 10 week program that includes work shifts, one on one consultations, and guest speaker events.

Finalized poster for in-house support group for the women beginning in February thanks to an amazing local social worker volunteering her time.

Surveys start this week with families in motel to determine what days and times of the week would be most preferred for some kids activities, so that is moving ahead.

Overall, 2019 isn't feeling so bad!
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What Does YOUR Housing Dance Look Like?
Nothing beats the feeling of supporting a woman or family into housing; workers aren't feeling it nearly enough lately with the lack of safe and affordable housing in our community. Know of any units for rent? Send them our way! Barriers are property management companies that want security checks, police clearance, perfect credit, first/last/deposit!
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Danielle Lauzon😂👌🏻

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Welcome Centre Shelter for Women is feeling motivated.

Happy Monday! Today's plan?

Volunteer Krisha is in, starting to work through the Food Bank donations, checking dates and stocking shelves; she was here at 8am (because again, our volunteers are the best!).

Students back from holiday break, meeting with the women for housing updates and doing House Meeting. One woman found a room on weekend, so helping her get in touch with her worker and landlord- get the move in motion! Trying to get the women who sleep in living room (we are over-capacity) up and moving because the house is in full swing!

Housing Support Team Lead, Samantha, at motel starting DAY ONE with our two new Housing Support Workers (Kelly Boyle and Lindsay Jones)- spending her week settling them into office and getting them started on meetings with the families. Please send warm wishes and encouraging words for their first week!

Lots of messages on Facebook over past month regarding programming for kids at motel- we haven't forgotten. Starting to return some today, thinking of perhaps setting a date for a meeting for those who were interested in volunteering and helping, to see what we can get in motion for some kids programming at motel!
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Updating our generous and amazing community of supporters that the Centre, after many years, IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING CLOTHING DONATIONS. This is not a bad thing!

We have been working with St Vincent De Paul for several years, providing vouchers for women and families so they can go to a local store and pick emergency clothing items as needed. In-house, we will be continuing to accept:
UNDERWEAR
SOCKS
PJS
SLIPPERS

Wondering why? It's been a long time coming and there are many reasons, including:
1) We receive MUCH more than is needed in-house weekly/monthly. In reviewing, at times we think less than 20% of items of clothing are needed as we receive sometimes 20-40 garbage bags a week in clothing to sort, process, clean, etc. We have a generous community!
2) We have very limited space (room is size of average household closet) and clients were at times amassing 5, 10, 12 bags of clothing that we haven't space to store on site either, and staff are often left to pack up items if clients do not return for their bed; these are hours adding up that staff COULD be working with the women but are packing, labelling and storing dozens of bags instead.
3) We have amazing volunteers, and looking over the hours- they are spending more time dragging around, sorting, and laundering dozens of bags of clothing, tidying and re-tidying the donation room when clients access it, that they are spending less and less time actually WITH the clients.
4) Its not what we do, and others do it better! Many churches, agencies, service groups, etc have clothing closets, and with our voucher partnership with St Vincent De Paul, we are confident we can ensure clients have access. Now at staff meetings, instead of discussing ways to monitor donation room, keep it tidy, keep it clean, make sure we are avoiding bedbugs, what to do when the women are fighting over items, etc etc- we can focus on conversations about how to HOUSE the women in community, where they belong!

Process? Many women present with multiple bags etc; for those who do NOT, and have limited items we will offer them PJ's, socks, slippers, underwear and chance to wash what clothing they do have. The next business day we can give them a voucher and bus ticket to pick some items with.

if you have donated clothing in past- THANK YOU!! Please remember we are still accepting and very much needing socks, underwear, PJs, slippers, all varying sizes, as well as the usual toiletries, and small household items. Can donate clothing directly through various St Vincent De Paul drop off locations.
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Welcome Centre Shelter for WomenThank-you, everyone, for the support and feedback. Anyone who works at a charity knows the anxiety a decision like this brings when it involves donations and donors, and how easy it can be to alienate current or potential donors. Charities are often already not "trusted" and when charities are seen as getting "picky", it can have negative results in the court of public opinion. Clothing donations are a tough one, always have been. The donation closet was reorganized yesterday. It fit 5 garbage bags of clothing in total. To show amounts- the Center received over 100 garbage bags of unsolicited donated clothing in the month of December, 20 TIMES what it holds. Where to put it? In the group room- where clients sleep at night, and where students are working during day, with volunteers frantically sorting and moving majority along to other agencies, or straight to trash (such as soiled underwear, heavily worn/stained/unwashed/smelly items). We continue to most often be single staffed, and it can be difficult to support staff when they say "I'm here alone, I'm in the middle of an intake with a crying woman, trying also to entertain her small children in shelter office, and its hard to stop midway to go out to parking lot and help a donor drag in 4 garbage bags of clothes, knowing I'm also going to have to sort, wash and do something with these before bedtime so clients can sleep in there". It's not about being lazy. Our staff and volunteers are many things, and lazy is not one of them. People won't all be happy, which sucks. It's as honest and transparent as we can be to say, " the 24 square foot donation room is not, and should not be, a priority to this agency over focus on getting women and families housed and out of shelter; that said, we have never, and will never, see women go without clothes on their back".

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Soo SueIts alot of work but its a vital necessity for the women, after all this is the WOMEN'S shelter!!

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Kelly SanI volunteer at CUDDLES CLOTHING FOR KIDS and I totally understand all that it entails to organize clothing. 👍

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Danielle RamstenGood for your organization for being proactive and working with other organizations in the community that provide that service within our community. It’s decisions like that that help organizations grow. 👍

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Kim DoucetThank you for letting us know we will continue our monthly drop offs of comfort packages including the PJ's, slippers, socks and toiletries from Ashley's Place but bring clothing elsewhere 😊😊💖💖

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Melissa Ann HicksSo glad that St. Vincent de Paul has a map of their drop off locations!! Now I know where to bring my women’s and children’s clothing donations... hopefully they’ll help some clients of the Welcome Centre!!

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Ron DunnA solid decision sometimes we have to make decisions like this they don’t have to be popular. We offer clothing too and it is a big process that takes a lot of resources. No one will go with out, I know Lady and the staff will make sure of that.

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Soo SueSounds like laziness. I know that clothes closet is needed for the women, sorry that makes more work for you.

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Fiona CoughlinThis is a great example of two nonprofits acknowledging each other’s strengths and supporting them. Great work St. Vincent de Paul and Welcome Centre Shelter for Women. Together you will serve so many in our community #CollaborativeLeadership #YQG

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Margaret BergeronI agree

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Interested in joining our volunteer team? We are currently accepting applications for Food Bank Volunteers who are available on Mondays, Drop In Volunteers and Shelter Support Volunteers. To receive more information and an application please email volunteer@welcomecentreshelter.com. ... See moreSee less

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Hey friends, guess what? It's Friday!!

Q: Does the agency utilize volunteers? I'd love to just "pop in" next week for an hour to help out!

A:Volunteers are amazing assets to many local non-profits, ours included, and the same goes for the benefits of having trained peer support workers!

Right now we average over 75 hours a week in volunteer support; it makes a world of difference as part of a larger team. Some volunteers have gone on to be Centre staff as well, and our emergency food bank program and drop-in program are entirely volunteer-based (because did we mention we have the best volunteers in Windsor-Essex? Because we do). Volunteers assist with everything from answering phones and door, accepting donations, organizing events for drop-in weekly, cleaning, cooking, assisting women with housing search, you name it!

Quick "pop in" volunteering isn't really what we are about- it can be confusing for the staff, the women, and the volunteer when they aren't properly trained or prepared for the work they will be engaged in on any given day. When looking for volunteers we are looking for solid women, able to commit to a minimum of 3-4 hours weekly for a minimum of 6 months. Consistency is key! We also do require an application process and tour be completed first, along with a recent police clearance. We provide on-site training, harm reduction training, as well as discounts to any training staff are attending if volunteers are interested!

Interested in volunteering? Awesome! Contact Anastasia Adams, volunteer@welcomecentreshelter.com, to inquire about openings (hint- we have some, specifically MONDAY openings!)
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