As a Realtor®, I believe in giving back to the community. I decided, when I started my career, to donate a portion of each sale to a local charity. I recently found a buyer for a 1950s Elizabeth Gardens bungalow in Burlington. I have made a donation from this sale to Halton Women’s Place.
I think of home as a refuge, but sadly, for many, that is not the case. Not everyone experiences a peaceful home life: domestic violence, both physical and emotional is a very real issue for many people. Living with an abusive partner or parent is painful and dangerous, and more importantly, unnecessary.
Fortunately, help is available in the form of places like Halton Women’s Place. It’s sad that there is a need for a place like Halton Women’s Place, but thank goodness they are there.
Halton Women’s Place provides a safe haven, information, and education to support a future without abuse for women and their children. They started in Milton in 1978 and subsequently, opened a second facility in Burlington. They operate 52 beds for women and children. Sadly, they have operated at or close to capacity, right from the beginning. Halton Women’s Place provides a wide range of services for both women who choose to leave their situation, and those who do not, including crisis telephone lines; counseling; court support assistance for those involved in litigation related to family abuse, whether it is moral support, or help in understanding the court process and paperwork; transitional support for clients leaving the shelter, but still needing counseling support; safe shelter (including meals and basic personal items); departure planning; recreational activities to meet the needs of both pre-school and school-aged children; and referrals to third party agencies. They even have a SafePet program, in conjunction with the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association, where pets are boarded at local veterinary clinics temporarily.
Halton Women’s Place is the only women’s shelter in the region and are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. All services are non-judgmental and supportive.
For those wishing to help, donations of cash, gift cards for grocery or big-box stores, non-perishable food items, crafts for kids, new baby items like strollers, car seats, or clothing (health regulations prevent donation of used baby furniture) are always welcome and needed.
www.haltonwomensplace.com or 905-332-1200 Crisis lines: 905-878-8555 & 905-332-7892
– Chip Barkel, MCNE, SRES, Toronto Real Estate. Extraordinary Service. Top Results.