Agency Contact Information:
Crisis Phone: 306-693-6511 (Collect calls are accepted)
Business Phone: 306-693-6511
Shelter Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Primary Focus: Interpersonal Violence and Abuse
Shelter Program: Adult women with or without her dependent children; we may accept 16- or 17-year old females, with or without dependent children if they are fleeing interpersonal violence or abuse.
Outreach Program: Adults and Youth experiencing interpersonal violence or abuse. This program works with both females and males. The Outreach Program works with both victims and offenders, ages 13 and up.
Shelter staff are available in person 24 hours per day.
Outreach is available 9-5, Monday-Thursday and alternate Fridays; some groups run weeknights.
Staff available in via telephone crisis line 24 hours per day.
Moose Jaw Transition House can accommodate up to 5 families, or 16 residents at a time.
Total # bedrooms: 6 (space for 6 families)
Disability Accessibly Information:
The agency is accessible to clients with disabilities.
Moose Jaw Transition House has two fully accessible bedrooms and one fully accessible washroom.
A female support worker can stay in shelter with client, if necessary.
Programs and Services Offered:
24-Hour Crisis Line
Staff are available at all times to respond to crisis situations. This may mean referring the caller to other resources such as the police, emergency social worker or mental health. This is the number to call if you are in an unsafe situation and need shelter immediately. Staff are also there to listen, to help reflect on the issues at hand and to encourage the caller to initiate their own solutions.
Services for residential clients include a safe and secure place to stay. Meals, linens, laundry facilities, emergency clothing and toiletries are provided. Staff can help by making referrals to government and community agencies; assisting in finding housing and furnishings and lending a caring ear. Residents are expected to participate in household chores, in-house programming and respect our abuse-free environment while staying in the shelter.
The Children’s Program offers services to children who have been exposed to violence. These services include individual crisis counselling, and support groups for children ages 5 to 12. The groups offer a safe place for children to discuss their experiences of violence and allow them to see that they are not alone. The groups focus on teaching children what abuse is, that they are not responsible for the violence, how to stay safe, where to get help, how to express their feelings, problem-solving, and self-esteem.
Community Outreach Program
The Community Outreach Program offers programming to individuals over the age of 13 who reside in the service area. Programming includes individual short term educational sessions and group work within the community, schools, and workplaces. Community groups currently offered include Anger Expression for Women; Self Forgiveness; and Informed Consent. Groups offered within the school setting are: Conflict Resolution; Anger Expression; Dating Violence; Healthy Relationships; Respect of Self and groups which address the issue of violence within the community. Professional development groups are also offered and include: Interpersonal Violence and the Workplace; Harassment and the Workplace; Community Awareness of Interpersonal Violence; and Interpersonal Violence and Alcohol. Groups will be developed upon request for individual schools and workplaces. All services are offered without a fee and are confidential. Individuals may refer themselves or may be agency referred.
The Outreach and Children’s Programs both work to provide education and prevention services to the community. Workshops are offered on dating violence, bullying and harassment, woman abuse, child abuse, safe schools – safe communities for parents and teachers, professional development, parenting (for men who have been abusive and for parents with children in the support groups), conflict resolution, communication, harassment policy development and group dynamics. The services we provide include, individual support for those experiencing interpersonal violence, and facilitation of anger expression and self-forgiveness groups. The groups teach skills in conflict resolution, assertive communication, and solution-based work with victims around the issues of abuse, safety planning, the effects on children who are exposed to violence, how to develop a community support system and how to make choices for a violence-free life. Additionally, the program may provide service to those choosing to use violence in their relationships.
Shelter Support & Follow-Up Program
The Shelter Support & Follow-Up Program provides ongoing contact with women both during and after their stay at the shelter. The program is intended to provide emotional support as women become independent in helping themselves and assist women on their journey to living without violence. Participation in the program is completely voluntary. Ways in which the program can help are: in-house group sessions, phone calls to see how you are doing after leaving the shelter, arranging for follow-up visits after you leave Transition House, accompanying you to appointments, providing support, advocacy and/or referrals, providing information about community services that may be of interest, and providing access to and support from the Children Exposed to Violence Program. Participation in the Follow-Up program is completely voluntary.
Life Skills Program
This pilot program helps the clients to build the skills they need to successfully move forward into a violence-free life. Programs are tailored to the need of the individual client and may include such things as cooking and nutrition, budgeting and financial management, job hunting, parenting, etc.
Second Stage Housing
This two-year pilot program, in partnership with Moose Jaw Housing Authority and Sask Housing, provides clients with children with longer term housing. Clients can remain in the program for up to one year to stabilize their living situation, have time to recover from the trauma of abuse and build life and tenancy skills.