Hope Haven Women's Shelter

Hope Haven Women's Shelter is a well utilized, highly respected community resource, providing emergency shelter for women and children, in-house and community educational outreach services.

Hope Haven Society helps families deal with abusive relationships by providing:
  • Emergency accommodations - safe, secure facility monitored and staffed 24 hours/day for a maximum of 21 women and children.
  • Fenced outdoor space with playground, tipi, gardens and fire pit. 
  • Basic necessities -(shelter, food, emergency clothing, medicines, etc.) 
  • 24 hour telephone crisis information and support services 
  • Safety Planning 
  • Lay counselling and supported referrals 
  • In-house programming sessions 
  • Emergency transportation to shelter (when possible) and to medical/legal appointments. 
  • Weekly evening support group for shelter residents and women from the community who have been abused. 
  • Children's group runs concurrent.
  • Follow-up and outreach support services 
  • Childcare program
  • Educational presentations to schools, agencies, and community groups 
Successes:
  • Saves lives. 
  • Client trust.
  • Lives are changed - cycles are broken. 
  • Respected community agency. 
  • Strong community collaboration & partnerships. 
  • Women & children do not have to leave their communities to receive services & supports required to move out of violence.
   
 
 
 
 
 
Lynne's House

Lynne's House is a Second-Stage Program providing a continuum of services through supported, independent living for women and children deemed high needs or high risk of lethality.

Lynne's House is a 2nd stage facility physically connected to Hope Haven Women's Shelter. It offers a continuum of services and is an extended, longer-term program that offers supported independent living in a secure facility for women and children.
  • Women (and their children) leaving emergency shelter who are deemed high risk for lethality, or high needs, requiring wrap-around supports and services are clients of Lynne's House.
  • Cost efficient, unique, rural solution that enables Hope Haven Society to offer 2 apartment units, and appropriate programming, in a secure building with security systems linked with, and monitored by, the existing emergency shelter.
  • 2nd stage clients become clients of the shelter's Outreach program and are provided:
    • Individual counselling, case planning and support 
    • Supported referrals 
    • Opportunity to attend shelter groups & programming
    • Safety planning
  • Share access to fenced outdoor space with playground, tipi, gardens and fire pit. 
  • Rents (including heat & water) are determined based on a client's ability to pay, and are set well below average market rents 

Successes:
  • High risk women and children are kept safe in a secure building.
  • Clients are provided with a continuum of services & supports, allowing families to heal.
  • Lives are changed – cycles are broken.
  • Community collaboration and partnerships
  • Women & children do not have to leave their communities to receive services & supports required to move out of violence.
  • Cost efficient – security & programming tied to Hope Haven Women's Shelter.
 
Lac La Biche & Area Family Violence Program

A community-designed family violence program using evidence-based programming to help families heal from domestic violence, resolve interpersonal conflicts peacefully and build healthy relationships.
  • Designed in collaboration with 24 community agencies, and accountable to them for program integrity. 
  • Assists families and individuals to identify supports they need to make changes.
  • Supported referrals to ensure clients follow through in accessing services. 
New Perspectives for Men Program & New Perspectives for Women Program 
  • 12 week socio-educational programs offered 3 times/year. It teaches men and women, in gender specific groups, the dynamics and impacts of domestic violence on themselves and their children, and the characteristics of healthy relationships. 
  • Practical tools for making lifestyle changes. 
  • Facilitated by a male/female team. 
  • Participants can & have gone through numerous times to build on their new knowledge. 
  • Many, many anecdotal stories of significant changes to relationships & families. 
  • Many requests to implement a New Perspectives for Youth program, but limited resources means we can only address the adult level. 
  • Have reached a point of needing to develop a support group to help individuals maintain the newly learned skills. 
The long range vision for the program is to bring healing and lifestyle changes to all members of the family living with domestic violence, from birth to elder. 

Successes: 
  • Lives are changed - cycles are broken. 
  • Community agencies refer people to the program. 
  • People attend without referral because of the personal stories shared by former participants. 
  • On-going community collaboration creating program success.