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Building Connections

For women at The Redwood, their stay in the shelter is not only a time to gain the skills for independent living but also an opportunity to re-build a safe and trusting relationship with their children, themselves and their communities. Women are able to play and learn with their children in a safe environment and participate in weekly women’s programming, allowing them to heal from the violence they have experienced.

The Redwood supports the Rights of a Child (UNHRC, 1990) and provides parenting supports to women with a focus on positive discipline and child development. The Redwood parenting environment is warm and culturally sensitive to be inclusive and non judgemental, honouring each woman’s parenting journey. Programming offered at the Redwood that supports relationship building and healthy communication between women and her children include Positive Discipline in Everyday Parenting and Art Together.

The Redwood has seen firsthand the power of Art and Play with healing and connection. Our children’s program counsellors recognize how important it is for children to have a safe space to play and make friends. The children’s program and Youth rooms are warm and bright spaces for expression, play and fun.

For many women, a path to empowerment and independent living is provided through a woman knowing her rights and the supports and services available to her. The Redwood provides diverse workshops and groups for women that provide information on topics including Housing, Legal and Transitional support as well as a range of Wellness programs that support a holistic program for all women.

The Redwood supports the community with a mother/child drop in as part of our supportive parenting and healthy family environment.  

The Redwood values the skills and ideas that each woman brings to the Redwood. Through our diverse programming, including the Women on the Move Leadership Program, opportunities for peer support groups are available. This creates opportunities for skill building and growth, enhancing a woman’s confidence, and experience in being a leader in her family and community.