The Redwood Emergency Shelter

The Redwood offers a safe haven in our 35-bed emergency shelter to survivors of intimate partner violence, domestic violence, and gender-based violence.

When survivors arrive at the shelter, the most urgent need that must be addressed is to restore their sense of safety – for themselves and their children.

The Redwood’s shelter has multiple security systems to keep residents safe. It is staffed around the clock by Residents Services Caseworkers who are always available to offer compassion and understanding.

During their stay, residents’ most basic needs are cared for – the security of a private bedroom, healthy meals, and access to personal care supplies.

Private bedrooms

Private bedrooms

The shelter has 11 private bedrooms. Residents most basic needs will be cared for including a secure home and the ability to sleep.

The Redwood's Emergency Shelter has 35 beds.

Redwood staff will make sure residents have seasonally appropriate clothing and footwear.

Residents will receive access to personal care supplies.

Cribs are available if needed.

Safety and security

Safety and security

Each bedroom door is secured with an electronic keypad.

Every resident can keep valuables in their own personal safe.

Children's playroom

Children's playroom

The cozy children's playroom is furnished with items to encourage open-ended play!

Redwood Park

Redwood Park

Redwood Park is a vibrant and engaging outdoor space for women and children living in the emergency shelter.

Redwood Park is a therapeutic playground where children can have fun, make friends, and begin to heal from the trauma of experiencing family violence.

Nutritious and delicious meals

Nutritious and delicious meals

Our Food Services Worker prepares nutritious and delicious meals every day for residents of The Redwood emergency shelter.

When women arrive at the shelter, their primary concern is the well-being of their children. 

Residents can participate in individual and group wellness counselling, and programs like trauma-informed yoga, to assist them to heal from their experiences.


If needed residents can work with Redwood staff to resolve legal issues – including those relating to child custody and immigration. And when they are ready to move back into the community, The Redwood helps residents secure safe housing and income supports, and connects them to our training and employment initiatives.


Redwood staff are available to residents for a year after they leave the shelter, to support their transition back into the community.

Are you in need of shelter? Here are answers to questions you may have:

Read one woman’s story of living in the shelter with her daughters. Click here.

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