Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter was opened in 1983 by a group of community members who saw a need for a safe place for women and children fleeing violence. Since that time Ernestine’s has assisted over 4,200 women and 4,500 child and youth clients.
The founders were pleased to name the shelter after Ernestine van Marle, who gave them support and guidance as they began the shelter and continued to support the shelter’s efforts in ending violence against women and children until her passing in 2006. Ernestine embodied all the characteristics that our shelter aspires toward: energetic, community minded, supportive and dedicated.
Present: Our results for 2016-2017
Received 1351 crisis calls
Assisted 45 Women and 45 Children
Conducted 1247 counselling sessions
469 safety plans were created
Children and youth counsellors engaged with our children and youth for individual support 1,997 times
Held 251 child and youth group sessions
111 counselling sessions were provided to community clients
921 referrals were made to community partners
125 referrals for legal support
62 referrals for housing support
212 accompaniments were provided to clients for various appointments
59 housing applications submitted
Future: Ernestine’s Strategic Priorities
We will develop community partnerships with agencies and grassroots groups to enhance our excellent service delivery to women, youth and children. These strong partnerships will support community engagement and diversifying funding opportunities.
We will develop and deliver, alongside our stakeholders, multi-platform education about gender-based violence. We will continue to use an anti-rascism and anti-oppression framework for this education.
We will build a long-term sustainable funding model that supports Ernestine’s to deliver valuable services for women, youth and children impacted by violence.