Ladies talking over tea

These sessions have been so very
helpful to me. The true empathy
the facilitators have shown to all of us in the
group has been so wonderful. We all felt
understood, which is so important and
they gave us great reinforcement
continuously. They gave us many skills
we can use in life.

I was taught how to re-love myself. This group has given me strengths I had forgotten I had. Those 10 sessions have taken me through one of the most difficult times of my life. I will always be eternally grateful for these services. They literally have saved my life.

I was taught how to re-love myself.
This group has given me strengths I had
forgotten I had. Those 10 sessions have
taken me through one of the most
difficult times of my life. I will always be
eternally grateful for these services.
They literally have saved my life.

Young woman on a laptop

I enjoyed learning about abusive
partners, the signs of abuse or red
flags. I found it helpful that the other
girls went through similar situations,
and I'm not the only one who has
been abused.

Iris Kirby House, St. John’s Site: 1 (877) 753-1492O’Shaughnessy House, Carbonear Site: 1 (888) 596-8709

Programs & Services

Shelter life provides women with the opportunity to support each other and to share their feelings and experiences. We facilitate mandatory daily group meetings, which also provides residents with a way to support each other in working through issues, and assists them in making important decisions about their future. These programs help victims of abuse grow stronger and build better lives for themselves and their children.

Emergency Shelter

The shelter is a safe place for women and their children fleeing violence and abuse. Staff are available 24 hours a day to respond to your needs and maintain a comfortable and supportive living environment.

Non-Resident Services

Not all women fleeing violence will stay at a shelter. Some women will access services by telephone or through scheduled appointments with shelter staff while staying in a safe place outside of the shelter.

Children & Youth Services Program

A Children and Youth Services Coordinator provides a variety of services to children living with the effects of witnessing or experiencing violence and abuse. Services include counselling, assessment, referral, advocacy and group work.

Youth Group

Young people living with the effects of witnessing violence and abuse are given an opportunity to come to the shelter to participate in an educational and supportive group process with their peers.

Mental Health Program

A Mental Health Nurse is on staff to provide women with specialised mental health services including assessment, counselling, advocacy and referral.

Second Stage Housing

Supported, safe, affordable single and family units are offered to women transitioning into the community from the shelter to more permanent, long term housing.

Supportive Housing Units

Four self-contained units attached to Iris Kirby House provide women needing additional support while transitioning out of the shelter to stay for up to one year and receive services from the Mental Health, Life Skills and Outreach Programs.

Outreach & Special Events

Women and children who have lived at the shelter can take part in a variety of special events and recreational activities throughout the year including our Adopt-a-Family Christmas Program.

Empowerment Group Series

Educational and support groups are offered regularly providing women an opportunity to learn, share, build on their strengths, and move toward security and economic independence.

Life Skills Program

Women are offered assistance with daily life skills such as budgeting, nutritional menu planning, cooking and navigating community services.