We rely heavily upon private donations and corporate funding so we appreciate your contribution.
Shelters can provide you with the help you need, from a safe place to stay, to counselling and referrals.
If someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are ways that YOU can help. What are you waiting for?
COVID - 19
MESSAGE FROM BIG HILL WOMEN'S EMERGENCY SHELTER
The World Health Organization recently classified COVID-19 a global pandemic. We are actively monitoring the rapidly evolving directions of all levels of government and paying special attention to advice from Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer. Calgary is currently classified as being in a State of Emergency and as such, it is important for you to know Cochrane's Big Hill Haven Women’s Shelter is here to help.
Please note, our Emergency Shelter services remain open as we know the incidences of family violence and abuse will increase as the pandemic evolves. Effective immediately, we are refocusing services to offer support to those impacted and have also added capacity to answer calls on the 24-Hour Family Violence Helpline,
which is 403-234-SAFE (7233).
We are all in this together and we promise to do our level best to keep families impacted by family violence and abuse safe while we deal with COVID-19 in our community.
We are thankful for the continued financial support of our funders, donors and sponsors at this extremely critical time. If you are in a position to donate, please visit ATB Cares at this link:
WE ARE BIG HILL HAVEN
Cochrane's Big Hill Haven Women's Shelter has been in working in Cochrane & the surrounding area actively supporting families affected by domestic violence since early 2018. We are currently working to provide emergency and transitional housing for those who need it most whether they live in right in Cochrane or reside in neighbouring communities.
We continue to provide a wide range of support to help families overcome the damaging effects of abuse, including housing, counselling, community programs and crisis support. Through group and individual programs, we will help rebuild lives in a supportive, caring environment.
All women are welcome here. Just know that we are here to help you. That we are committed to ending the cycle of abuse and violence by raising awareness through prevention, intervention and education.
Since our inception in 2016, we have been hard at work with one fundamental vision ...
"Ensure our community is free of domestic violence"
BIG HILL HAVEN - MAKING PROGRESS IN OUR COMMUNITY
To accomplish this, we implemented a 3-stage Action Plan.
We are encouraged, thanks to the tremendous support of our Community, Businesses, Developers, Support Services and Town of Cochrane, that we are now embarking on the third and final stage of building our Big Hill Haven Women's Shelter. We are one giant step closer to providing the women and children of our community with integrated emergency and short term residential and community services. We thank you Cochrane!
Establish Board of Directors
Acquire Charitable status
Launch Fundraising efforts to offer front line support
Implement response plan for victims of domestic violence
Complete a feasibility study specific to Cochrane & Area
Hire a qualified Intensive Case Manager
Solidify funding for short term emergency shelter option
Raise $250,000 in capital & operational funds
Create a Capital Funding position to engage with Stakeholders
Work with government organizations to identify suitable locations to implement short term housing
Enlist support of Developers for the House & Hub shelter model
Secure additional grants & support once a location is established
Hire a Capital Funding position to engage with Stakeholders
DID YOU KNOW?
HERE in COCHRANE, ALBERTA in the last 15 months
Big Hill Haven has assisted more than 150 women and children living with domestic violence.
On average we receive 6 calls per day from people looking for help, guidance or support.
We have been unable to relocate a single person into long term care in Calgary or surrounding areas (no room)
It only takes $100/ day to get a family of 3 out of a volatile environment (short term response plan)
We are working with Town of Cochrane & Developers to explore various options available for us to build a structure capable of expansion, generating revenue and growing with the needs of our community.
Your safety is our priority, so if you have any concerns that visiting this page may put you at risk, we want to help you HIDE YOUR TRACKS. If you're in a public place and simply need to hide your screen from onlookers, you can quickly leave this page by clicking:
HIDE THIS PAGE - FOR YOUR SAFETY
Keeping yourself and your children safe while getting the information you will need to make a smooth transition to a violence free life is essential. When an abusive partner discovers that the victim is obtaining resources, learning that domestic violence is wrong, threatening to leave or planning a getaway, the abuse can and most often does increase.
Please follow these basic guidelines listed here.
DO NOT save this address as a bookmark on your browser (the software that allows you to access the internet). Write the address down and hide it where you know your partner will not find it. You may want to write this address in such a way that your partner will not know what it is. You can also memorize the address.
Locate and clear web browser histories on your hard drive. The information in these files is created when visiting web sites. Delete the information in these files. Most often the contents of these files are only computer jargon, but there is a possibility that the web sites you have visited can be traced from these files. Every browser will create and store this information differently. (READ MORE...)
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Where The Journey Began
featuring Co-Founding Members Patti Fischer & Margaret VanTighem
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