'A Place of Shelter' to close


March 7, 2013

First Nations

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Spectacular views from Cape Croker over Georgian Bay

A road in

The Chippewas of Nawash Women and Children's Crisis Centre, D'binooshnowin in Ojibway, meaning 'A Place of Shelter', at Cape Croker on the Bruce Peninsula, will cease to exist as of March 31st.

The Centre has provided temporary shelter services to women and children, including male children up to 15, in times of crisis.  While shelter can be paramount in a crisis situation, staff at the Centre also provided counseling and outreach services. 

Cape Croker is located part way up the Bruce Peninsula overlooking Georgian Bay on Lake Huron.  The landscape is rugged with spectacular views of the Niagara Escarpment outcrops and the blue expanse of Georgian Bay. With a population of approximately 800, it is also somewhat isolated and the road in to the community takes many twists and turns.

D'binooshnowin, A Place of Shelter, provided a  needed service in a community that is trying to hold on to its cultural history and where everyone knows everyone.

It was, in fact, the only location at Cape Croker where staff were on duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to assist women and children on a walk-in basis or through telephone support.

The Centre, while providing help and a place to stay for women and children in times of crisis, it was also a place that provided access to donated clothing for every age and member of the community, referral services, transportation to other programs, advocacy and court accompaniments and education/information that focused on family wellness, healthy relationship building and one-on-one peer support.

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Once the Centre closes, there will no longer be a local 24-hour service to provide crisis service.  The closest centre will be two hours away in Kincardine, through the Women's House of Bruce and Grey.


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