Womens Habitat of Etobicoke

Record #: BRA1449
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2021
Last Full Update: 22 Apr 2019

Record Details

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Website: https://womenshabitat.ca/
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Description & Services

Description Shelter Program 
Operates an emergency shelter for women and their children fleeing violence * accommodates 25 women and children in a secure setting * offers support and counselling 24hrs/day 7 days/week * partially wheelchair accessible * provides assistance in planning for the future * provides information, referral and advocacy 
Outreach Program  
Women's Group (English and Spanish): Eight to twelve-week sessions, held in the evenings. Gain insight into the impact of living with abuse and control. Healthy meal and childcare are provided. 
Women's Drop-In: This drop-in program is a casual atmosphere, where women enjoy arts and crafts; guest speakers; facilitated discussions; games and lots of laughs. A healthy meal is provided. 
New Program. Housing Drop-In: This drop-in programs runs Wednesday evenings and provides Housing Search Support, Subsidized Housing application, Rent Bank Info and Referral and Information on Tenant Rights and Responsibilities. 
Friday Morning Flicks: Women join us every Friday morning at 9:30 for breakfast and a documentary. 
For Women and Children:  
Parent/Child Drop-In: This program provides an opportunity for Moms to socialize and trade information with other Moms. Sometimes the group runs special programs, such as Nobody's Perfect. 
Nobody's Perfect: This is a parenting and support program for mothers of children ages 0 to 6. It focuses on positive discipline and parenting skills. Childcare and a healthy meal provided. 
For Young Women:  
Girlz Space After-School Program: For girls ages 10 to 13. Girlz Space runs from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. during the school year; full days on PD days, during March Break and for one month, full days in the summer. Each day has a different theme, including Girl Talk; Social; Drama; Homework Help; and Recreation. 
"Girlfriends" Drop-In: A drop in for girls' age 14 - 18 to come and have fun, hang out with friends and learn new things. 
For the Community:  
Outreach Centre Individual Services: 
One-on-one counselling (English and Spanish): Direct counselling for women who are escaping, or have already escaped violence. 
Transitional Services: Help with developing safety plans, advocacy with other workers from other agencies, eviction advocacy and more. 
Housing Support: Works with women to access affordable housing and market rate rents. 
Parent Support Services: 
Parent Support Worker: Works with parents and children to provide supportive parenting education, children's counselling, advocacy for child care subsidy. 
Parent Relief: Women can leave their children for up to four hours with a qualified childminder while they do errands; go to an appointment; or take a much-needed break. 
Respite Care: Our Respite Care Program is for mothers in transition - women living in a shelter, maternity home, with friends or family, or other short-term housing. Free overnight care is provided for children in a safe and supervised home environment for up to five days.
Hours Business Hours: 
Monday and Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm 
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:00am - 8:30pm 
CRISIS LINE Mon -Sun 24 hours
Areas Served Etobicoke - and surrounding areas ; Peel Region
Fees None
Languages English ; Spanish ; Other languages available

Contact Information

Address & Map
140 Islington Ave
Etobicoke, ON M8V 3B6
Accessibility Partially Accessible - Shelter ; Outreach building is accessible
Office Phone Outreach centre: 416-252-7949  
Administration: 416-252-1785
Fax Administration 416-252-1520
After Hours Phone *416-252-5829  
Crisis Phone Within Greater Toronto Area 416-252-5829 
Outside GTA 1-866-863-0511
TTY Phone Crisis line 416-252-0361 (within GTA) 1-866-863-7868 (from outside GTA)
E-Mail habitat@womens-habitat.ca
Website https://womenshabitat.ca/
Alternate Contact Julia Fiddas, Shelter Program Manager; Phone: 416-252-1785 ext 232; Email: jfiddes@womens-habitat.ca
Primary Executive Silvia Samsa, Executive Director; Phone: 416-252-7949 ext 231; Email: ssamsa@womens-habitat.ca
Alternate Executive Email: trobbinson@womens-habitat.ca

Other Details

Service Level (50) Non Profit


Subjects Advocacy ; Assaulted women ; Children ; Counselling ; Crisis intervention ; Elder abuse ; Family violence ; Information and referral ; Outreach ; Shelters ; Woman abuse ; Youth