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Shelter Spotlight: Nisa Homes

Nisa Homes opened its first transition house seven years ago with a mission to “create the opportunity of ‘home’ for domestic abuse violence survivors across Canada.” A project of the National Zakat Foundation, the organization provides shelter to women and their children fleeing violence. [Zakat, meaning “to cleanse,” is one of the five pillars of …

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A Regional Housing Crisis

A Regional Housing Crisis

In the last several years, Waterloo Region has been one of the fastest growing regions in Ontario, largely due to the region offering residents a high quality of life and relatively low cost of living. However, as the region continues to grow exponentially, it’s becoming increasingly expensive and many residents are being priced out of …

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Dixon Transition House

Community Partner Spotlight: Dixon Transition Society

The story of Burnaby’s Dixon Transition Society begins nearly five decades ago, in 1973, when three women – all healthcare professionals – started a counselling program for parents with children in foster care. Those early group sessions held evenings around a kitchen table led to the creation of The Life Line Society, which opened Burnaby’s …

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What you need to know about gender based violence in rural communities

What you should know about gender-based violence in rural communities

Violence against women is pervasive and can happen to women anywhere and of any background, although some women are at greater risk. In previous posts, we’ve discussed the importance of using an intersectional lens when looking at the affects of gender-based violence, specifically in the context of systemic racism. This post will look at the …

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Women's History Month

Women’s History Month: Celebrating the Trailblazers That Inspire Us

March marks International Women’s History Month, a month dedicated to celebrating women’s past and present accomplishments, and shining light on the challenges and obstacles women continue to face today. As a volunteer-based organization that provides moving and storage services at no cost to women and children experiencing abuse, we are dedicated to providing an environment …

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