What We Do

WINGS saves women and children who are escaping domestic abuse by delivering secure long-term housing and wrap-around support services to help families 24/7. While these fully furnished apartments provide needed shelter for survivors, WINGS does much more than provide a roof over their heads.

WINGS creates a safe and welcoming home for women and children. Our trauma informed approach, intensive counseling, onsite childcare, life skills training, as well as child and youth programs – encourage healing for the whole family. We give women time to process and the tools they need to recover from the horrific trauma they have experienced. Our full-circle healing helps women and children become more stable, access new skills and set a healthy course for their lives.

WINGS Wrap-Around Services

The families who live at WINGS have left situations of domestic violence, and are in need of a safe, caring, and a supportive home. The women and their children are healing and trying to manage the effects of trauma; some may end up with PTSD, anxiety, and addiction issues. WINGS staff work with the families so that women and children are able to heal, and gain the tools they need to lead safe, healthy, and bright futures. Our programs are designed with trauma-focused care and best practices, aimed at addressing the physical, psychological, and emotional effects of experiencing violence in the home.

The safety of our families is top priority! Understanding trauma and trauma reactions guide the staff in implementing daily programs and activities, as well as in their interactions and counseling process with the women and children. Our wrap-around services & programming include:

Safe, Long-Term Housing
for Women and Children

  • Two apartment buildings (49 suites), located directly beside each other – WINGS’ Second Stage Shelter and The Home Next Door.
  • Two and three bedroom, fully furnished suites in a safe, supportive, and welcoming environment. 
  • Barrier Free apartments are available.

Counseling Support

  • One-on-one and peer counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Healing circles

Social Support and Life Skills Education

  • Safety planning
  • Mental health and addiction support
  • Health Education sessions and medical follow up with onsite NP
  • Court accompaniment
  • Food Pantry and Grocery Gift Cards
  • A Donation Program providing clothes, personal items, school supplies, and household goods. 
  • Family and holiday events including BBQs, pizza parties, field trips, arts & crafts activities.
  • Life skills education including:
    • Collective Kitchen program (teaching cost effective nutritional meal planning and cooking) 
    • Financial Literacy
    • Humanities 101 (UofA)
    • Plus much more!

Support for Children & Youth

  • Onsite Daycare with hot lunch program, nutritious snack, and trauma informed early education programs.
  • Teen group, safety planning, and early intervention support
  • Kids groups, activities, and field trips
  • Recreational programs
  • Summer camp
  • Dog therapy and more!

Our Home Next Door

  • The next step for families to spread their WINGS!
  • Safe, long term, affordable housing to promote continued healing and independence. 
  • 29 two and three bedroom, fully furnished apartments in a safe, supportive and welcoming environment.
  • On-site fully licensed and accredited Rocky Forest Day Care and Out-of-School Care, allowing the women to return to work or school while offering trauma informed, quality care for their children.
  • A live-in caretaker for enhanced safety
  • Kids group and youth programming; recreational activities and field trips
  • Access to WINGS Donation Program
  • Outreach Program which continues to support women and their children as they integrate into the community:
    • Provides Counseling support and education/information resources to families overcoming the effects of domestic abuse.
    • Assists women with ongoing safety planning and safety checks.
    • Helps women to identify their goals.
    • Provides advocacy, referrals, and networking support.
    • Accompaniment to court and other scheduled appointments and more.

How You Can Help

Thankfully, WINGS receives 45% of our operating budget from the Provincial Government. Other funding is provided by our wonderful community supporters, key stakeholders, corporate sponsors, fundraising events, and other grants. In order to operate our fully established facilities and programs, we must continue to ask our community for help. We are proud of what we accomplish at WINGS each day, and proud of the families who are breaking the cycle of family violence for themselves and future generations.

It is from YOU, our community, our WINGS Champions, that we can continue our work. Learn more about How You Help.

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WINGS provides a critical piece of the healing journey. We reduce suffering in children and support women to live the happy and safe life they deserve.

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