What to bring
If you can, bring what you use every day:
- An extra set of keys for the apartment or house and vehicle
- Small bills and change for taxis and telephone call
- Identification papers (or copies): passport, social insurance card, birth certificates, immigration papers, citizenship card, aboriginal status card, driver’s licence and registration, health cards and children’s immunization records for yourself and your children
- Divorce and custody papers
- Restraining orders, peace bonds, any other court orders
- Bank books, cheque book, credit cards, mortgage or loan papers (or copies)
- Lease/rental agreement, property deed, business or partnership agreements, rent or mortgage payment receipts
- Address book
- Photograph of your abuser to help identify him/her
- Clothing for yourself and your children
- Cell phone/laptop
- Infant or car seat
- Favourite toy/blanket
- A list of other items you can pick up later
We cannot store large items (such as furniture).
We provide shelter, food, basic toiletries and diapers, wipes, formula and baby food as needed. For any other supports that we cannot provide ourselves, we will connect you to community resources.
We have a staff person who prepares dinner meals for everyone staying at the shelter but you are free to prepare a meal on your own. We provide items for all meals and if you have dietary restrictions or cultural food needs, we will accommodate them as much as possible.
What you can do
While you are staying at the shelter you can continue with your regular activities such as school or work. You will need to spend time on finding a place to live and setting up supports and resources for when you leave.