Activities & Community Outreach

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

The ladies at my workplace donate money every Christmas toward a hamper for a family of a resident or ex-resident of the Iris Kirby House. I have been told by most that this program makes them feel good about Christmas again. One of my co-workers told me that, ‘It’s the best $20 I spend all year.’ I often feel the desire to pay back the Iris Kirby House for saving my life, and helping me keep my family intact. I truly have no idea where to start with that. I have nothing but gratitude and thankfulness for the Iris Kirby staff and for the institution.

Quilting/Sewing Club “Piecing it all Together”

Coordinated by a longtime friend of Iris Kirby House (whose passion for our work and mission grew beyond their annual donation of quilts), “Piecing it all Together” is so symbolic of the work we do here.


Residents and former residents look forward to this weekly, full-day gathering. They are thrilled to learn some basic sewing skills and are proud when they have completed a project. Participants share lunch and laughs, and untangle many bobbins while producing beautiful quilts and other sewing projects. This program serves as an outreach service for our clients, which plays an important part in the healing process as women move from transitional shelter living to long-term, sustainable and affordable housing back into society.


You will always be a member of this community and are encouraged to join in the activities. Socialize with others, keep in touch with those who’ve helped you through your struggles, and most importantly, enjoy yourself.

Ex-resident program at Iris Kirby House

Ex-Resident Program

Your support system doesn’t end when you leave the shelter. We like to keep in touch with all of the women who have been residents and ensure they’re getting the help they need. Our Ex-Resident services aim to maintain relationships built on trust, friendship and support, which were developed during your stay at the shelter; and give you the opportunity to keep in touch with other ex-residents.


The first Tuesday of every month, recent ex-residents are invited back to our Monthly Dinner Club. In the summer months our students organize a BBQ, with games and activities for the children, and in the winter our volunteers cook up a piping hot meal that is enjoyed by all.
In recognition of Violence Prevention Month (February) the board, staff, residents and ex-residents enjoy an afternoon of music and food at the shelter in St. John’s.

Adopt-a-Family at Christmas


The annual Adopt-a-Family Christmas Program brings Christmas to the children of abusive households who might not get to experience it otherwise. Sponsors are given information regarding the number of children, their ages and their wish list from Santa. In turn, these children get to share in the joy of the season along with their family and peers. This program, running for over 15 years now, is a huge success due to the tremendous community support we receive from our sponsors.