Need recognized for emergency housing for women in the area. Matthew Halton Community school in Pincher Creek sponsored forum on Family Violence Issues. This event encouraged the community to take action.
Family Violence Education Project established through Canadian Mental Health Association as first steps to bringing awareness to the local community. A committee was formed to begin the process of establishing a shelter.
The Pincher Creek Women’s Emergency Shelter Association (PCWESA) became a registered non-profit organization. Initial mandate was to provide referrals for women and children in need and conduct awareness presentations for the community.
PCWESA official opened its doors as a 10 bed emergency shelter facility.
PCWESA moved locations and added 6 beds totaling 16. Funding increased to cover 12 beds.
Core funding increased to cover 15 out of 16 beds.
Core funding increased to cover 16 beds.
PCWESA and Kainaii Women’s Wellness Lodge partnered together in a research project titled: Threading, Stitching and Storytelling: Using community-based participatory research and traditional Blackfoot shawl making to create meaningful services for rural Aboriginal women fleeing domestic violence.
Funding increase for intensive case management allowing for renovations for administration and adding five offices. This allowed for an increase in Outreach Support workers from 1.5 to 5.
Shift from contract to grant agreements with Government of Alberta (now called Ministry of Human Services).
PCWESA collected data from past and current clients to better understand service gaps within the organization. This information will assist in improved programming, requests for funding, and education in the communities we serve. PCWESA is one of twenty-one shelters that participated across Alberta.
Stay tuned for our finished project.