Our Herstory

In 1987, a group of neighbours were united by the same cause: the pressing need for a safe haven for abused women and their children in the Parkdale-High Park community.


They founded the Parkdale-High Park Rotary Club and began the hunt for a suitable site for everything they envisioned. In 1991, they were able to secure a rundown former warehouse and set about the enormous task of transforming the building into a welcoming new home for women and children fleeing abuse.


Similar to an old-fashioned barn-raising, hundreds of volunteers from across the city grabbed their tools and came together. Building materials were donated, and carpenters, plumbers and electricians generously volunteered their services. People from all walks of life participated to help in any way they could. 

Redwood Park is The Redwood's colourful, welcoming, therapeutic playground where women and children could have fun, make friends and heal from the trauma of experiencing abuse.

Thanks to this incredible community effort, The Redwood welcomed our first family in December 1993. Ever since, The Redwood has provided crucial emotional, social, and practical support that families need to get their lives back on track.

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