Supporting women and children in the Elmwood Community

The Refuge is a collection of programs that provides support and mentorship to women and children in the Elmwood community.  Through both individual and group supports, the Refuge offers programming that responds a variety of needs while using trauma informed practices to cultivate safety, trust, and compassion with each of our participants.   

Childcare is available for all support programs.

The Refuge closed support groups are designed to provide an inclusive environment for women/youth to gain both education and support as they journey towards healing. 


As we respond directly to the needs of our community, the Refuge closed support groups may change topics as the needs of our participants change.  


The role of a mentor is to provide mentorship to women in the community who are currently participating in the programs through the Refuge. 

Play Café is a play space where children and their families can connect, learn and grow through the power of play and imagination.  Play Café was created out of a desire to provide both adults and children with a space for meaningful interactions.  


We are committed to nurturing play, imagination, and early learning in children while providing a clean, safe environment for children to explore, be creative and have fun.  



Protection Order Designate

A Protection order designate (POD) is on-site to provide assistance with applying for a protection order.  


PODs are people who work in shelters and other community organizations, who have received special training, and have been designated by the Minister of Justice to assist applicants for Protection Orders. In this way, persons needing immediate relief are able to request an order 24 hours a day.