About Shelter Movers Ottawa

Established in October 2017, Shelter Movers Ottawa (SMO) was the second chapter to open and has since grown exponentially! SMO works with referral agencies across the city and is regularly adding more as they expand their reach to within 100km of Ottawa.

Gender-based violence doesn’t end at the city limits. In a review of over 600 communities, the national average rate of police-reported violence against women (VAW) per 100,000 was 1,114. In the rural counties surrounding Ottawa, such as the corridor from Brockville to Smiths Falls, the rate has risen to almost double the national average.

In response, Shelter Movers Ottawa expanded services to Lanark County in October 2022. They have since completed over 60 moves serving survivors in the rural Eastern Ontario area. They hope to expand further to consistently serve those residing in Leeds & Grenville County by 2025. 


We are currently seeking volunteers for the following:

  • Movers & Drivers


We are currently seeking applicants for the following roles:

No open positions at this time. 

Many of Ottawa’s dedicated volunteers have been on board since the beginning and there are more and more every day. Ottawa has an amazing team and a great network of corporate and community partners. 

Volunteering for rural moves brings new challenges, but if you’re ready to accept them, SMO is looking for YOU! 

Shelter Movers is always looking for rural residents to join their team of over 100 volunteers. Volunteers are needed for drivers, movers, and coordinators, as well as suppliers of trucks, gas, and moving supplies for rural moves. Rural moves involve longer drives and homes are often larger than city apartments, but SMO knows they are up to the challenge!

To sign up as a volunteer please visit: Our Volunteer Page

To request a move please visit: Request A Move

For information on how to donate please visit: Donations

SMO Extensions

Lanark County

Lanark County Extension

Serving survivors in rural communities including the Carleton Place, Perth, and Lanark County areas.
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Radio-CanadaLa saison froide inquiète des organismes communautaires
"Aidons avec des meubles travaillent main dans la main avec Shelter Movers Ottawa. Cet organisme accompagne les femmes victimes de violence conjugale et leurs enfants en offrant des services de déménagement. Il faut savoir que ces personnes quittent souvent leur domicile rapidement seulement avec quelques effets personnels."
CBC NewsCouncillor calling for state of emergency over homelessness
"Wendy Mitchell and her crew of volunteers help families escape mental, physical and financial abuse. But all too often, Mitchell says all they're really doing is delivering them from one precarious housing situation to another."
Ottawa MattersIsolation 'exactly where danger lies' for those in violent home situations: Shelter Movers Ottawa
"At a time when health and government officials are telling residents to stay home as much as possible to prevent COVID-19 spread, Shelter Movers Ottawa Director Wendy Mitchell says home can be exactly where danger lies for some."

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