Rowan House Emergency Shelter, operating in rural southern Alberta, remains open and ready to safely house women and children fleeing domestic violence during this pandemic. Space inquiries, emotional support or help with safety planning can be found 24-7 by calling our Help Line – 403-652-3311.
Meanwhile our Outreach workers continue to support current clients through phone and video meetings, while also being prepared to take on any new clients; and our Preventative Education program is working hard to adapt its presentations and groups into an online format.
While we are grateful to the Government for helping shelters manage some of the added costs to adapt to providing crisis services safely through COVID-19, we fully expect to see an increase in incidents of family violence and abuse over the next several months as things slowly return to normal.
This increase was already beginning to occur with the stress of the economic downturn in Alberta and will only be amplified by the added problems of this pandemic. Stats are now coming in from other countries where Coronavirus hit first that this is in fact happening. Since the start of the pandemic, the U.N. reports that Lebanon and Malaysia have seen the number of calls to help lines double, compared with the same month last year and in China, the number of calls has tripled.
This means that meeting the increased demand and prevention programming are going to be more important than ever.
This work has always been made possible by the generosity of the region we serve. This year Rowan House must still raise $350,000 above our regular Government Operating Grant to be able to maintain our full continuum of care– and like many other organizations, we’ve had to cancel our annual fundraising Gala which usually brings in about one-third of that goal.
Your support will help ensure families have their basic needs met while in shelter; as well as provide the women, youth and community members with vital Healthy Relationship Education to continue to break the cycle of violence.
– Preventative Education programming (in-class presentations and new online learning options, education/support groups for women, and community education/awareness)
– Direct Client Costs (food, toiletries, cleaning supplies, transportation)
(Rowan House serves a large rural area from the city of Calgary border, south to Claresholm, east to Vulcan and west to Bragg Creek/Redwood Meadows.)