Established in December 2020, Shelter Movers Waterloo Region provides free moving and storage to those in need, in partnership with local community organizations and business partners.
There is a high need in the community, as Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge are the least safe communities for women among urban areas in Canada, according to a new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. The study ranked 26 metro areas across Canada and noted, when it came to personal security, the three cities in Waterloo Region were the worst.
“The rates of sexual assault and intimate partner violence reported to the police in Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge (KWC) were among the highest among large cities while the rate of criminal harassment targeting women was the highest,” said the report, released in March 2019. “Overall, KWC placed 26th — or last — as a safe place for women to live in Canada.”
Shelter Movers aims to make the community a safer place to live by supporting women and children transitioning away from a home characterized by violence.
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