Gateway Gazette

The New Rowan House Turns Three!

 

Staff and volunteers wrote out their hopes and wishes for the coming year at the shelter.  Wish jars are one of the staff-lead creative healing activities done with residents to build relationships and connect in a more casual environment.
Staff and volunteers wrote out their hopes and wishes for the coming year at the shelter.
Wish jars are one of the staff-lead creative healing activities done with residents to build relationships and connect in a more casual environment.

Community & stakeholder celebration planned for September

Rowan House staff and volunteers celebrated three years in High River July 30th, and what a wild three years it has been!

We opened our new facility supporting women and children leaving abusive situations on July 30th, 2012. 11 months later we were impacted, along with many others in our High River community, by the devastating flood of June 2013. We rebuilt and reopened again stronger than ever by January 2014. During this time we secured funding to open all 24 of our available beds and brought our preventative education programming to thousands of students in local schools. This past year, we embarked on a journey toward a trauma-informed practice. We reviewed all aspects of Rowan House Society operations and governance to truly ensure we put safety first and specifically avoid re-traumatizing those who seek our services.

These are just a few examples of what we’ve been able to accomplish thanks to the support of the Foothills community and we look forward to what the next few years hold as we explore options for transitional housing, continue to raise awareness about Family Violence and bring hope to women and children fleeing abuse.

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