The Welcome Centre Shelter for Women Has a New Site:
The Welcome Centre Shelter for Women creates a non-threatening, non-adversarial, comfortable, participatory and supportive environment for women in need of help as well as providing emergency shelter to women experiencing homelessness.
The new owners of this domain have chosen to keep archived content of this site and to point visitors to The Welcome Centre Shelter for Women's current website.
Content is from the site's 2013 - 2015 archived pages.
If you have inadvertently ended up here while searching for the Welcome Centre, go to: www.welcomecentreshelter.com/
The Welcome Centre Shelter for Women
Address: 263 Bridge Ave., Windsor, Ont. N9B 2M1
Telephone: (519) 971 7595
Hours: open 24 hours daily
Tuesday 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursday 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Welcome Centre Shelter for Women was established in 1989 and provides emergency shelter to women experiencing homelessness. Our name has changed this year (from The Well-Come Centre for Human Potential) to better identify our mission. The Welcome Centre offers programming to women 18 years of age or over to assist in ending the cycle of homelessness, poverty and violence.
Programs and Services
Our programs encourage women to realize their full potential. Working together we help women end the cycle of homelessness, poverty and violence.
Welcome Centre Shelter for Homeless Women
An 11-bed facility for women age 18+ who are homeless. Call first for bed availability.
Available to women and their children who reside in Windsor’s West End (living west of Crawford Avenue). The Food Bank is open Monday and Wednesday from noon to 3:00 pm (excluding holidays)
Women’s Therapeutic Program
A variety of psychoeducational and recreational group offerings for women residing in the Welcome Centre Shelter program; aims to provide supportive, non-judgmental and empowering group supports to assist women in identifying and reaching personal goals.
The Welcome Centre Shelter for Women welcomes donations of money and various items such as food and personal hygiene products, and we are always in need of volunteers as well. The best way to start donating to a local shelter is to give us a call and find out our current and most important
If you are female 18 years or older, and experiencing homelessness, contact The Welcome Centre Shelter for Women directly at 519-971-7595. Males are encouraged to contact the Salvation Army at 519-253-7473.
Our Mission & Goals
Our programs promote personal empowerment, social and family development, healthy living and full participation in society.
Welcome Centre Shelter for Women programs help women end the cycle of homelessness, poverty and violence in their lives.
The following values represent the core beliefs of the organization. The Welcome Centre Shelter for Women believes in
Our programs and services are women-centered and empower women to recognize their self-worth and inherent power.
We respect all women and promote inclusion.
We offer a safe and caring environment for women where they can be free of violence.
We are committed to ensuring that our programs are responsive to changes in our community.
The Welcome Centre Shelter for Women collaborates with other community agencies and services to offer a variety of supports to women.
The organization is open and accountable to people, volunteers, partners, funders and the community.
All staff, students, and volunteers working at the shelter are women who are striving to become role models of empowered women. The women involved with the shelter believe patriarchy is a system that does not work for women and children; they are engaged in changing the laws and creating more options for women while helping the community to acknowledge the impact of gendered violence, poverty, racism and all other forms of oppression has on the lives of women. Our goal is to serve as leader in the women’s movement within the community at large.
Centre Objectives and Goals
- To provide emergency shelter, food, support, political education/action and advocacy to women experiencing homelessness within a safe, stable, and inclusive environment.
- To offer all services utilizing a feminist, anti-racist, anti-oppressive approach that is focused on minimizing power imbalances between staff, residents, students, volunteers and board members
- To recognize and support the strengths and abilities of each woman, and to encourage each woman to have confidence in her ability to take charge of her own life.
- To seek support and guidance from homeless women in the development, implementation, and evaluation of all programs and services.
- To provide opportunities for individual and group exploration, analysis and problem-solving around the oppression of women, poverty, and homelessness and how these forms of oppression may be interfering with the life of a resident and her ability to feel empowered.
- To provide women with emotional and social support that focuses on her resilience and empowerment through individual support, mutual aid and self-help.
- To assist women in attaining safe and affordable housing, income support/employment, long-term supports and other resources required to help her move toward self-reliance and independence.
I need emergency housing, whom do I call?
If you are female, 18 or older, contact the Welcome Centre Shelter for Women directly at 519-971-7595. Males are encouraged to contact the Salvation Army at 519-253-7473.
What kinds of services does the Welcome Centre provide for residents?
The Centre offers an emergency shelter program, an emergency food bank program for women residing West of Crawford St, a drop-in social work referral program for any woman who self-identifies as at-risk for losing their housing, as well as a drop-in program called The Blue House, in partnership with the Aids Committee of Windsor (targeting street-involved women in the Drouillard Road area).
How many people does the Welcome Centre serve?
The Centre serves approximately 400 women annually through the emergency shelter program and upwards of 1000 families through our emergency food bank program.
How many beds does the Welcome Centre have?
The Welcome Centre Shelter for Women has 11 designated emergency beds for women experiencing homelessness that are per diem funded and 1 available bed for women experiencing homelessness or short-term housing displacement on an as-needed basis.
I would like host a fundraising event to support the Welcome Centre. What do I need to know?
All fundraising efforts are greatly appreciated! Independent fundraisers may note proceeds will benefit the Welcome Centre. If you would like to discuss some ideas or options for ways you can encourage family and friends to engage in fundraising efforts, please email the Centre social worker at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is your charitable tax number?
#13301 7897 RP0001
What are your sources of funding?
The Centre, like many non-profits, relies on a variety of funding sources to continue our much-needed programming. Emergency shelter per diem is covered at a current cost of $43.50 per night/per client for the shelter program and is cost-shared between the province and municipality (80/20). In addition, the Centre utilizes various provincial and federal grants (as available) to assist in implementing programs. Donations and fundraising efforts are also much needed components of the Welcome Centre budget.
Can I get a tax receipt for an in-kind donation?
Unfortunately, due to staffing constraints and a strong desire to ensure we are meeting the requirements of the Canada Revenue Agency, at this time the Centre does not normally provide receipts for gift-in-kind donations. If you believe you have a gift-in-kind item that would require a tax receipt, please contact the executive director directly to discuss how we may be able to facilitate your charitable giving.
Will I get a tax receipt if I make a donation to the Welcome Centre?
Yes, any financial donations are provided a tax receipt at year end. Tax receipts are issued in accordance with standards set by the Canada Revenue Agency.
How is your organization governed?
The Centre operates with a volunteer board of directors, made up of 10 community members with varying backgrounds and involvement in the non-profit sector. Board space is also designated for women with lived experience with homelessness and poverty. At the ground level, the Centre is governed by a women-centric and anti-oppressive framework of support staff who work together to meet clients’ needs.
How do I volunteer?
If you are interested in becoming a team member in one of the Centre programs please contact the centre social worker to receive an application (email@example.com). Volunteers are an asset and valued parts of all programs; as such, we require a minimum time commitment of 3 hours weekly to ensure consistency for clients.
What are the qualifications/requirements for becoming a volunteer?
The Welcome Centre recognizes the importance of lived experience in shaping our interactions with our clients. As such, we have no minimum requirement for education or experience and will work with each volunteer to determine best fit based upon strengths, interests, and availability. The Centre does require that all applicants be at least 18 years of age or over.
I’ve received professional training (counsellor, nurse). May I practice that as a volunteer?
Skilled practitioners who would like to share their expertise are certainly welcome; social workers must be registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, and those identifying areas of interest that include counselling or therapy must be registered with the appropriate association and have a minimum Master level degree in clinical social work, counselling, or counselling psychology. Additionally, any volunteer noting a professional practice must provide proof of the necessary insurance coverage to practice in this area and registration in the appropriate areas.
I have a special skill or hobby that I want to share. Can I volunteer in this capacity?
Please contact the Centre social worker at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how best to fit your skill or hobby into programming; this assists in maximizing the available events and activities for clients and ensures adequate planning and preparation time for volunteers to share in special event activities.
Volunteer Opportunities at the Well-Come Centre
The Welcome Centre Shelter for Women is always looking for enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and capable volunteers to help with a variety of supporting tasks. The following list outlines potential volunteer roles that are available, along with associated example tasks for each role. All volunteers will submit an application form & undergo volunteer training. Interested volunteers can go to www.wevolunteer.ca to refine their search for volunteer opportunities, or contact the Well-Come Centre at email@example.com for more information.
- Assist residents with daily needs
- Answer phones
- General cleanup
- Help with laundry
- Organize food donations and stock shelves
- Prepare food packages
- Assist food bank users with their needs
- Update social media accounts
- Assist in the development of promotional material
- Assist in the promotion of specific events
- Organize and send correspondence to donors, supporters, and volunteers
- Coordinate mailings to seek out sponsorships or donations
- Attend events and help with set-up, tear down, registration, etc.
- Attend events, representing the Welcome Centre Shelter for Women, building awareness, answering questions
- Add files to the website as required
- Make changes to the website as required, such as new testimonials, new annual report, etc.
- Update WEVolunteer pages as required
- Receive & review volunteer applications from potential volunteers
- Organize volunteer training workshops
- Train individual volunteers, provide regular updates
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