Ernestine's Women's Shelter

Record #: CWL0167
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2022
Last Full Update: 10 May 2022

Record Details

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Description & Services

Description Emergency shelter for women who are single or those with children who are currently experiencing abuse and need immediate shelter. Shelter program helps women, their children/youth heal from violence through counseling, child and youth programs, housing support and more 
Transitional Housing and Outreach support provides support to women and children who are currently experiencing or who have experienced violence and are presently living in the community. Program provides counseling, advocacy, food bank, legal, housing and resource supports 
Daily 24 hour emergency telephone crisis line to support those who do not currently reside at the shelter
Hours Administration: Mon-Fri 10am-5:30pm 
Service: Daily 24 hours
Areas Served Greater Toronto Area
Eligibility Women, two-spirit, genderqueer, trans and non-binary
Application No referral required
Fees None
Languages English ; Many other languages * Interpretation

Contact Information

Accessibility Fully Accessible - Barrier Washrooms, elevator, ramps
Mailing Address c/o Sharlene Tygesen 
PO Box 141 
Station B 
Etobicoke, ON M9W 5K9
Office Phone Administration Line: 416-743-1733
Fax 416-743-1732
Crisis Phone 416-746-3701
TTY Phone 416-746-3716
Primary Contact Laverne Blake, Manager Programs and Client Services; Phone: 416-743-1733 ext 2043; Email:
Primary Executive Sharlene Tygesen, Executive Director; Phone: 416-743-1733 ext 2012; Email:

Other Details

Established 1983
Funding City / Town ; Provincial - MCSS ; Donations ; United Way
Service Level (50) Non Profit


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