Furniture for the Discovery House Shelter
September 24, 2012
Overview:BACKGROUND: The Domestic Violence Issue in Calgary has one of the highest incidents of domestic abuse in Canada. In 2011 the Calgary Police Service received 16,500 domestic abuse phone calls, resulting in 3,722 charges being laid. While 85% of the perpetrators were men, only 146 post-emergency spaces are available for women and their children who are impacted by it. For every bed available in Calgary for a woman and her children, there are about 28 families in need.
DISCOVERY HOUSE: Model of Innovation
Discovery House is a Calgary based non-profit agency that helps empower women in the community who are leaving domestic violence. It has both a state-of-the-art secure residential facility with 19 suites, and an innovative Community Housing option that now serves 70 women with children at any given time. Every woman and child is viewed as a “client” and given a full range of integrated services, such as counseling, safety planning, education, referrals, developmental assessments for children, advocacy, and life skills training. We help enhance clients’ self-esteem, confidence and parenting skills, and give them the skills and support systems needed to lead healthy independent lives.
OUR FURNITURE DREAM: Every Suite is Refurbished
The Discovery House residential program has served over 200 families since its new facility opened in 2004. Because of the sheer volume of use, the sofas, chairs and beds have become worn down and often unfixable. Moreover, the massive growth in our Community Housing option has led to many clients needing furniture at this critical juncture in their lives. Funding received from the Aviva Community Fund will go directly into purchasing new furniture (tables, chairs, couches, beds, mattresses and bedding) for the 19 suites, and also addressing the furniture needs of the women choosing the community housing option.