The main purpose of the program is to assist women to leave domestic violence and to provide women and their children access to programs and services in working towards a life safe from abuse. A 24-hour emergency shelter is available to women and their children experiencing family violence and abuse. WISH service beneficiaries have access to the Family Dynamix resource library, and counselling services at the main office.
The WISH Program provides Safe Homes when required, which acts as an understanding and protective platform, allowing women to explore their options and define their goals. The program offers transportation to these homes as well as supportive counselling, safety planning, information and referrals, housing assistance, computer access, and accompaniment to appointments and or court appearances. The WISH Program receives self-referrals as well as referrals from family members, friends, neighbours, or other organizations within the community.
The Safe Homes give shelter to women with children and single women experiencing family violence and abuse, providing a safe haven from violence. Often, women arrive at the shelter with very few belongings. Here at WISH, we are equipped to help each woman and their children meet their basic needs. The WISH Program policy is to provide women with the following related services at no cost: