A cycle of violence is a complex thing. Our clients are an equally complex and perse group. That's why it comes as no surprise that the multi-disciplinary team at The Redwood has a remarkable mix of skill, specialization and patience.
Here's what we do.
Providing Safe Haven
When women and their children arrive at The Redwood, their needs are urgent and immediate: protection, and physical and emotional support. We offer women and children a safe place to stay, nutritious meals, and the basics they need - like clothing, diapers or school supplies - while they are getting their lives back on track.
We work with each family to develop a personalized plan that begins with a risks and needs assessment, and continues with one-on-one counseling, therapeutic and educational support groups, and recreational activities.
Other components of this program include:
- Ongoing crisis intervention
- 24-hour telephone crisis counseling
- Advocacy, external referrals and accompaniment
- Cultural interpretation
One of the most painful symptoms of abuse is a feeling of isolation and loneliness. That's why The Redwood is a place of connection.
At The Redwood, women and their children find a caring and nurturing place where they can meet other families just like them. And through the sharing of experience, a sense of acceptance and self-worth grows.
Our services include:
- Art and play therapy groups for children and toddlers
- Peer support groups for youth and teens
- Workshops and groups for women
- A mother/child drop-in
A Springboard Back into the Community
The Redwood works to get families safely re-established back into the community. We provide transitional help once women and children leave us, and offer assistance in many different ways - all designed to build confidence and self-reliance.
We help with:
- Family and immigration legal issues
- School upgrading
- Employment training and job search support
- Finding affordable housing, and setting up a new home
We also help families who need assistance, but do not seek refuge at The Redwood. We connect with women and children across Toronto through our community workshops, outreach events and forums.