Today was an eye-opener. As part of the Research Now Gives Back program, teams of volunteers set out to help the community in many different ways. The way I chose was helping to renovate a women’s shelter that offers safety and support for women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse.
The good part was seeing pretty little children run around the home, happy and cheerful. The bad part was knowing what some of them had experienced prior to coming to this safe house. It was good to know that I could help, even if it was in a tiny way like painting some walls that badly needed the attention.
The North York Women’s Shelter operates 24 hours a day and relies on many volunteers and a lot of donations. If you are able to help, this is a good place to start. Visit their website here
- The Signs of Domestic Violence (everydayhealth.com)
- Calgary organizations raise awareness about family violence on International Women’s Day (calgaryherald.com)
- Congregations, nonprofits craft effort to get families out of shelters (charlotteobserver.com)
- Women’s shelter to bolster therapy for children (cbc.ca)