Following transition from Residential support and programming at the Redwood, a woman and her children must navigate the next steps in their journey towards sustainable housing and food security. This difficult journey is made easier with the ongoing support of Residential Services Counsellors for up to one year following transition into the community. At this stage, women are prepared to explore and realize their personal and collective goals as an individual, as a family and as community members.
The Redwood has a strong partnership with community supports and agencies including Legal Clinics, Ontario Legal Aid and Family and Immigration lawyers. Many women who experience abuse and violence experience withholding of sponsorship and barriers to immigration and family law. The Redwood supports women to find the support that best fits the needs of her and her family.
With the support Residential Services Counselors, opportunities for school, education and skill building programs are available to support women with education goals including Bridging Programs and ESL.
With the support of Residential Service Counsellors, women are encouraged to explore employment and job search opportunities. The Redwood actively seeks to build partnerships with community employers to explore potential opportunities for training and employment for women.
Perhaps what women are most excited about during their stay at The Redwood is the opportunity to plan a life free of violence in a safe home for themselves and their children. With the challenge of locating affordable and appropriate housing for families, Residential Service Counsellors ensure they work closely with community housing partners, transitional housing providers, and Public Community Housing in the GTA to maximize opportunities for suitable housing.