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December 13, 2004
New Shelter and Healing Centre for Assaulted Women Marks Official Opening
  
Dignitaries, staff, volunteers and members of the local community today helped
cut the ribbon of hope as Emily Stowe Shelter for Women officially opened the
newly constructed 30-bed facility in Scarborough. The shelter's new home was
made possible through the continued efforts of the shelter, the Government of
Canada, Government of Ontario, and City of Toronto.

The Emily Stowe Shelter for Women is an organization that provides emergency
housing, support services and referrals to assaulted women and their children.
Their programs include counselling, job training, skills development and
creative, educational activities.

The federal commitment of $2 million to the shelter was made through Canada
Mortgage and Housing Corporation's (CMHC) Shelter Enhancement Program (SEP).
The program assists in repairing, rehabilitating and improving existing
shelters for women and children, youth or men who are victims of family
violence, and in acquiring or building new shelters and second-stage housing
where needed.

Additionally, the Government of Canada's National Homelessness Initiative
contributed $835,535 for facility improvements and enhanced programs and
services for shelter residents. The Ontario Ministry of Community and Social
Services (MCSS) provides more than $750,000 annually to the Emily Stowe Shelter
for Women. Furthermore, through extensive and innovative fundraising Emily
Stowe has raised over $800,000 to help realize the vision of the new shelter.

"The construction of the Emily Stowe Shelter for Women's new home demonstrates
the Government of Canada's commitment to address housing and support needs for
women at risk," said Scarborough Southwest Member of Parliament Tom Wappel, on
behalf of the Honourable Joe Fontana, Minister of Labour and Housing. "This
project is a prime example that federal support in dealing with family violence
and homelessness - are helping give those most in need an opportunity to build
a better and safer life for themselves and their families. I am glad to have
been able to work with everyone at Emily Stowe for the past 3.5 years to
achieve their objectives. This building is a visible sign of the Government of
Canada's concern for the disadvantaged and vulnerable people of our society,"
concluded Wappel.

"The Ontario government is committed to helping women and children who are
fleeing from domestic violence," said Lorenzo Berardinetti, MPP, Scarborough
Southwest on behalf of Community and Social Services Minister and Minister
Responsible for Women's Issues, Sandra Pupatello. "Today's investment will help
to build a strong, safe community, one that protects women and children who are
victims of violence."

"It's exciting to see a project such as this come together, where a community
agency is working with governments and the private sector to make it happen,"
said Councillor Brian Ashton, Ward 36 Scarborough Southwest. "This spectacular
new facility will give women fleeing violence a new home and a chance for a new
beginning."

"At the Emily Stowe Shelter, we believe that all human beings have the right to
live free of violence and abuse, to live a life with confidence, grace and
freedom." said Dr. Roz Roach, Executive Director, visionary and champion of the
new Emily Stowe Shelter. "This project couldn't have happened without the
funding and support from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation."

The project has been made possible through the fundraising efforts of staff and
volunteers of Emily Stowe Shelter for Women, their partners and various levels
of government.

CMHC is Canada's national housing agency with a mandate to help Canadians gain
access to safe, quality and affordable housing. CMHC supports the Canadian
housing industry and improves the living conditions of Canadians through
mortgage loan insurance and securitization, assisted housing, research and
information transfer and the promotion of Canadian housing exports.

The Staff and the Board of Emily Stowe Shelter are actively involved in
advocacy, community education and political action in an effort to educate the
public about assaulted women's issues and bring about institutional and social
reform. The Emily Stowe Shelter encourages the empowerment of women who work at
and live in a shelter so that these women may challenge the structures that
continue to oppress all women.

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Roz Roach,
Executive Director,
Emily Stowe Shelter for Women
416-264-0823

Kathie Howes
Communications Consultant
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
647-225-3730

Paul Doig
Ministry of Community and Social Services
416-325-5187

Cynthia Ross
Partnership Development & Support
City of Toronto
416-392-0546



 

 

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