Flames Foundation awards $15,000 grant to shelter
Rowan House Emergency Shelter is $15,000 closer to our annual fundraising goal thanks to the Calgary Flames Foundation for Life.
We recently applied to the foundation, requesting support for our Branches program which provides preventative education and awareness about the cycle of abuse, as well as the effects abuse has upon families. It includes a series of free presentations that address family violence, teen dating violence, healthy relationships, bullying and self-esteem; as well as information about Rowan House and the services and programs offered. These presentations are offered to schools, community groups and other agencies. In addition, a six-week Healthy Relationship course is offered free of charge to women in the community five times a year and twice weekly for residents.
It was quite a thrill when we received the call notifying us we’d been approved. Resource Development Team Lead, Dena says the donation is much needed. “Unfortunately domestic violence is prevalent in Alberta. In fact, recent statistics presented to Okotoks Council indicate a 102% increase in spousal abuse occurrences in the town in the 2nd quarter of this year over last.” She adds, “these dollars will go a long way to achieving the goal of ending the cycle of violence.”
Branches does not receive funding from the government and relies on the generous contributions of donors and funders like the Calgary Flames Foundation for Life. We are truly grateful for their support.