Our mission at Huron Women’s Shelter, Second Stage Housing and Counselling Services is to end violence against women and their children, support trauma recovery, and provide access to resources and opportunities that increase independence.
We serve women and children who have or are experiencing gender-based violence. Huron Women’s Shelter, Second Stage Housing and Counselling Services is dedicated to women’s safety, healing, empowerment, and leadership.
We provide Emergency Shelter with a 10-bed facility in Goderich with 24 hr. staffing, and a 24 hrs. a day 7 days a week crisis line for emotional support, safety planning, referrals and information for women living in community and/or our transitional living apartments.
Our Second Stage Housing program offers geared to income transitional housing (22 apartments) in Exeter, Clinton, and Goderich.
An Outreach Counsellor is also available and can meet with women in their home communities within Huron County.
The Children and Youth program provides counselling and support for children and youth who have witnessed violence in their home. Counselling for children and youth is available at the shelter, second stage and in schools throughout the county.
The Family Court Support program assists women who have experienced gender-based violence and are moving through the Family Court System. We provide support, information, advocacy, referrals, debriefing, and court accompaniment.
Group counselling sessions are offered throughout the year for women and children at various locations. Staff are are also available to facilitate workshops or speak on topics related to violence against women.
For more information about any of our programs, please get in touch: 1-800-265-5506.
Board of Directors
Michele Campbell-Gaynor – Chair
Sara Wisking – Vice Chair
Jennifer Verdam-Woodward – Treasurer
Download a copy of our most recent annual report here.
As an organization our primary funding sources are the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services, Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, Huron County Property and Social Services, Southwest LHIN. We are also grateful to be a supported partner of the United Way Perth-Huron. In addition, we are very appreciative of the many community groups, service clubs, congregations, businesses and individuals who support the work of the organization through their fundraising efforts and donations. The work of ending violence against women could not be done without all of these contributions!
Donations to support the general operations of the organization are gratefully accepted at any time. Click the Donate Now button on any page of this website to donate online.