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Facilitates over 800 safety planning sessions with women.
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Answers 1800 crisis and support calls
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Provides rent geared-to-income housing for around 30 women, children, and youth at the Robin’s Hope second stage transitional housing facility.

Emergency Shelter

The KIH Emergency Shelter Program provides a safe 25-bed facility for women, youth, and children. Female youth age 16 and above, can reside at the shelter independently. Priority is given to those who have experienced violence or are at risk of violence.

The shelter is staffed by a trained and dedicated staff team 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Staff provide clients with supportive counselling, safety planning tools, advocacy and community referrals and assistance to facilitate transition back into the community. In addition, KIH also provides daily meals, clothing, transportation, laundry, and personal hygiene needs.

The shelter continues to be busy and at full capacity most of the time, and unfortunately there is usually a wait list. However, despite being at or beyond capacity, KIH is still able to offer programming in the shelter to the residents it serves.

There is a programming room where staff can run workshops such as games night and paint afternoons. The residents also have access to this room for arts and crafts.

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Houses 200 women, children, and youth in the Emergency Shelter.
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Provides counselling and support to 80 children in the community through the Outreach Programs.
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Provides counselling and support to 500 women in the community through the Outreach Programs.

Transitional and Housing Support Program (THSP)

THSP is designed to assist women with all their transitional needs as they leave an abusive relationship to pursue their own life of independence. This often includes their entire journey from the shelter to second stage housing and ultimately, to permanent housing in the community.

The program also offers support to women in the community. Help and support is offered to women throughout their healing process focusing on dealing with their abuse to become more empowered in their own lives.

  • The THSP program offers counselling, support, advocacy, information, court support and referrals to other appropriate agencies. Accompanying women to appointments and making connections with community agencies, KIH assists women and their children to become re-established in the community.
  • KIH also hosts several recreational events including: scrapbooking, painting, crafts, gardening, going to garage sales, and participating in some “beach” days.
  • Staff in this program also sit on a various community committee’s with mandates around domestic violence, domestic violence court and human trafficking. For example, KIH staff are active on the Kingston/Frontenac Lennox & Addington Human Trafficking Working Group. This group is looking into the issue of Human Trafficking locally and beginning the work of developing a protocol for our community.
  • Groups which have been made available to women accessing Transitional and Housing Support this year covered topics including: life skills, self-esteem, self-care, cooking, budgeting, assertiveness, boundaries and goal setting. The past year we have also offered women the opportunity to participate in reiki and angel card reading.
  • By accompanying women to appointments and making connections with community agencies, we can assist women and their children to become re-established in the community.