Our Story

Wings of Providence was registered as a charitable organization with Revenue Canada on April 1, 1986 and incorporated under the Society Act in June 1986.

In the beginning...

A group of concerned citizens, including the Sisters of Providence, were willing to find the means necessary to address the need for long-term, safe and supportive accommodation designed for women with children who had experienced family violence.

Founding president, Sister Gloria Keylor, S.P. and 11 volunteer board members and resource people, including Rocky Forest and Judge L. Maynard, worked very hard to bring Wings of Providence to reality.

In April, 1987, WINGS, which stands for Women in Need Growing Stronger, opened its doors to our first family in need.

Extending WINGS further

In 2001, WINGS launched a capital campaign to raise $4.75 million for a new 20 unit apartment building to expand our services. After touring 54 apartment buildings and discussing needs with architects and engineers, the Board of Directors determined that the best and most cost effective option was to build a new facility.

With the support of major contributors like the Estate of Eileen Waterhouse, Edmonton Housing Trust Fund, CMHC, Sisters of Providence, and the City of Edmonton Low Income Capital Housing Assistance Program Grant, WINGS opened a second-stage shelter in 2003 within a quiet community near schools and shopping; a community where these families could spread their wings towards independent living.

The Home Next Door

WINGS once again extended our services in the summer of 2012, opening the Home Next Door – an affordable housing complex to women with children to promote continued healing and independence. The first-of-its-kind of affordable housing facilities in Edmonton, the Home Next Door provides a safe, secure and affordable home within the healthy and supportive community of WINGS.

Facts About Family Violence

67% of Canadians say they personally know at least one woman who has been physically or sexually assaulted.

(Angus Reid Omnibus Survey, Canadian Women’s Foundation, 2012.)

Violence against women happens in all cultures and religions, in all ethnic and racial communities, at every age, and in every income group.

Women's Voices

"I am a mom living in WINGS at the moment with my beautiful kids. I came to WINGS because I was in another shelter, which was only a 21 day stay. They suggested I go to WINGS because they provide support and have programs that help with domestic abuse.

I came to Canada as an immigrant and met my spouse here. I was physically and mentally abused by my spouse. He isolated me from society. I wasn’t allowed to go to work or to school. I wasn’t even allowed to go grocery shopping or to visit family or friends.

WINGS changed that for me. They helped me to grow and showed me that I have the right to be treated as a human being. My counsellor is the best; she helps me to deal with my situation. Now I can speak; I am independent. I can drive a car and I am looking forward to going to school and work. Thanks to WINGS I can get financially stable and they have made me stronger and a more positive person. This place is a home to me and my children and I wish I could stay here forever."