Today on International Women’s Day, we want to highlight our Women’s Restoration Project (WRP). The WRP was created to provide a safe and nurturing environment for women and their children. We wanted to remove barriers to women looking for help and offer a place where they could receive therapeutic support to start their journey of restoration.

The WRP provides a secure and private environment where women from diverse cultural backgrounds can feel safe and comfortable. Hazel, one of the group attendees stated, “It’s more private and secure. No other man can visit this space, so it feels safer.” She further elaborated, noting, “Some women have experienced abuse from men and prefer to avoid them. They feel more at ease in a private space where they can talk freely.” Beyond its physical safety, the space fosters a supportive community where women can freely share their experiences and feelings without fear of judgment. Hazel remarked, “The group isn’t just about practical assistance; it genuinely supports women in need.” Importantly, the space also welcomes children, providing a supportive environment for them as well. Through her involvement, Hazel has found a sense of belonging and friendship, stating, “This group became like a family to me.” She shared her motivation for continued involvement, affirming, “My own struggles motivate me to help others. I understand what it’s like to go through tough times, so I want to support those in need.” Overall, the women’s space serves as a lifeline for individuals like Hazel, offering not only practical assistance but also emotional support and camaraderie in times of need.

Leeanne, one of the leaders of the group said “We love being able to support women and their children during periods of homelessness; this can be one of the most vulnerable times of their lives. We watch them relax and make friends and have fun as the weeks go by at the groups.”