On December 9th 2022, the Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, met with Shelter Movers Executive Director Marc Hull-Jacquin in Edmonton to announce funding for Shelter Movers’ Prairies Scale Up project. The new project will establish chapters across the Prairies, beginning in Alberta.
Through this project, victims and survivors of gender-based violence in Alberta will have access to free survivor-centered assistance to safely move them, their children, pets and belongings out of violent households. Shelter Movers staff, volunteer movers and drivers are specially trained and vetted to work with people who have experienced violence. Shelter Movers will now be able to hire and train additional movers and drivers to meet the notable increase in demand for frontline service.
This funding enables promising practices that aim to strengthen the sector and improve support for people impacted by gender-based violence.