The Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters have come out with a report called A Safe Path Home, calling for more second stage shelters

The Executive Director of Rowan House, Sherrie Botten was a member of the committee that wrote the report and she says there’s a real need in the local area for something that goes past the emergency shelters.

“Rowan House is an emergency shelter so it is crisis, it is emergency, it’s short term, it’s very much communal living,” Botten says. “So what we need in our area is a second stage shelter where women can move, with their family from the emergency shelter into longer term second stage sheltering that would take them six to 12 months into the community so that they can then feel supported, get things in place for their children, deal with their own trauma and ideally move on into their own home.”