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Abi’s Regards

Dear Brothers, Sisters and Allies,

I am sure that the past couple of weeks have been emotionally and mentally exhausting for you as they have been for me. As we grieve and try to make sense of the senseless, wavering between deep despair, anger and pain, the inner turmoil has been all-consuming. We can no longer be silenced about the systemic anti-Black racism that permeates my and my brothers’ and sisters’ lives. It is time the world recognizes that anti-Black racism exists; it is not just a figment of our imagination. We can no longer allow victim-blaming as Black lives continue to be brutalized and violently taken from us before our eyes.

Walking along this seemingly endless road of injustices is tiring, yet we know we must go on. My indigenous and racialized brothers and sisters, and gender non-binary folks know this well. We cannot continue alone, though; we need allies more than ever before. Seeing the groundswell of millions globally protesting in solidarity, all awhile amid a pandemic gives me hope. As we stand together to grieve the lives that have been lost, we march in solidarity towards a more just tomorrow. We stand together united, knowing that there will be no peace until there is equality and justice. I see a movement gaining ground, a strength in numbers, not just in vigour but in morale. It is a moment of reckoning to turn the tide against racism and patriarchy.

Our role at The Redwood is an important one as we join forces armed with a roadmap to take collective action. We stand in solidarity with our Black brothers and sisters, mobilizing to advance community-based solutions.

In solidarity,

Abi

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COVID-19 Update

The Redwood continues to offer a safe haven to women and children, in our 37-bed emergency shelter. The safety and health of our residents and staff remain our top priorities and we continue to take all necessary precautions to maintain this.

If you are living with abuse, you can reach a Redwood counsellor by telephone at 416.533.8538 or TTY 416.533.3736. If it is safer, you can reach a counsellor by texting 647.370.8300 or live chatting on the Redwood’s new website, iDetermine.ca.

We are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days week.

Stay safe.
Abi Ajibolade, Executive Director
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What We Do

The Redwood offers safety, healing and opportunities for growth for women and their children fleeing abuse. Families receive case management and counseling services from Resident Services Counselors, access to empowering and life-changing programs, and transitional support when they are ready to take the steps toward a new life.

Free from fear. Free from threat.

Testimonial

“I had been starved of friendship for many years. The simple camaraderie shared with other women residents helped me find the courage and strength to heal my mind, my soul, my boundaries, and to find love for myself. We would sit together in the courtyard, listening to music, laughing and crying. We would eat together, clean the dining room and kitchen together, cook together on weekends.”