North East Outreach and Support Services, initially named the Melfort Sexual Assault Centre, was born in 1984 due to the efforts of several concerned community members in response to the need for support services for victims of sexual assault. Soon, NEOSS began receiving many calls from support from victims so domestic violence, so the agency broadened its focus and expanded its programs to meet the needs of victims of all forms of interpersonal violence. North East Outreach and Support Services is a community-based, non-profit registered charity. Community services are delivered with funds obtained from government grants, fundraising, and community donations. The agency is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and managed by an Executive Director.
There is a growing need for a shelter in northeast Saskatchewan to provide a place of safety for women making the transition to a life without violence. To help fill this void, North East Outreach and Support Services is building a domestic shelter – the House of Hope – in Melfort to serve the entire region.
It will be the first new shelter constructed in the province with government support since 1989. The shelter will provide a place of safety and comfort for women and children needing a place to go to as they create a new life for themselves – free of violence and abuse. It will also provide easy access to ongoing counselling and support services to help women build a positive plan for their future.