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Shelter Program

Nellie’s operates a 36-bed Emergency Shelter for women and their children who are leaving situations of violence, poverty, and homelessness.  Our crisis and intake line is open 24-hours and if we do not have space to take women at our Shelter, we will refer them to another shelter.  Unfortunately, our shelter is often at full occupancy and therefore we are regularly forced to turn away women and children who need our services due to lack of space.

Women and children at our shelter live communally, sharing the responsibilities of household chores including cooking and cleaning.  Once a week after dinner, the women at Nellie’s gather in the living room for a House Meeting. This presents an opportunity to spend time with one another, bond over snacks, and discuss important house issues.


Women and their children may reside at Nellie’s Shelter for up to four months, or longer if they are dealing with legal or immigration issues.  Counsellors assist and advocate for women to access the services and support they need including housing, medical, immigration, employment, and educational services.  In addition to advocacy, women and children also receive one-on-one counselling from staff as well as the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of social, recreational, and educational programs. In-house educational programming is offered in the areas of parenting, health, housing, employment, arts, and anti-oppressive practice.