Our Mission: Airdrie P.O.W.E.R. (Protecting Our Women with Emergency Resources) is a non-profit organization that seeks to provide women in Airdrie and District with the means to leave an abusive environment through emergency resources, education and empowerment, thus creating a safe and sustainable community.
Empowering women through support and resources needed to live in a safe, sustainable community. Providing a safe place for women to obtain the individualized resources and support they need to make solid plans for their future.
Safety, Empowerment, Education, Respect, Community, and Compassion.
According to Statistics Canada, 8 out of 10 victims in police-reported intimate partner violence were women in 2017.
One of the more shocking statistics is that a woman is killed by her intimate partner every 2.5 days, according to a 2018 report from the Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability. The risk of a woman being killed by a partner is highest after separation, or when she decides to leave. From 2007 to 2011, a woman’s risk of being killed by a legally separated spouse was nearly six times higher than the risk from a legally married spouse. (Statistics for Alberta)
Until recently, the solution offered to women was to go to an emergency shelter, or otherwise leave the situation. However, this option does not always work for everyone, and the risk of severe injury or homicide increases when a woman does decide to leave.
The focus is now on prevention and early intervention, thanks to new research and initiatives. How can help be provided in a way that can prevent this?
Approximately 5% of women will access a 24-hour emergency women's shelter. What about the other 95%?
That's where we come in, and this is how you can help!
Upon reading the latest reports and speaking with women who have fled abusive situations, we learned that it would be safer for women to leave their situation when they have solid plans in place.
To address this need, Airdrie P.O.W.E.R. is opening a Day Shelter in Airdrie, a safe and welcoming place where women and their children can spend a few hours during the day making those plans with individualized support.
Safety First! We will never send anyone home to a dangerous situation. If an emergency shelter is unavailable, we will help make alternate arrangements for accommodation.
The Day Shelter:
• is a safe, non-judgmental haven where women and children can take a few hours during the day to relax, make all of the connections and plans needed to leave an abusive household, through individualized wrap-around support, and access the formal supports that fit their needs,
• will provide training programs for women and children, such as financial planning, safety planning, and self defence,
• will provide support and referrals for friends and family members,• will provide information sessions for the public to “recognize, respond, and refer” to strengthen informal networks,
• will provide secure lock-boxes for women to store their “escape kits” so that these items are not found by the abuser,
• IS NOT a formal overnight shelter, but will connect women and children to emergency resources and shelters.
Accessing formal support from police, counsellors, and other professionals can be daunting, or just seem out of reach to someone experiencing domestic violence. In the heat of the moment, it may be hard to process everything that is available on one's own in order to make decisions. The Airdrie P.O.W.E.R. Day Shelter bridges the gap between informal supports (friends and family) and formal supports (police, community agencies), and provides step by step guidance for each person's unique situation.
Airdrie P.O.W.E.R. has leased a house to serve as the Day Shelter, providing a warm, welcoming, and homelike haven. State of the art security systems are being put into place, so that the Day Shelter has the same security and protection that an emergency shelter has.
Currently, we are raising funds to upgrade the house’s interior so that it will be up to code for a commercial site, accessible to all, yet still homelike and comfortable.