In 2016, Family Transition Place (FTP) was very fortunate to receive a two year grant funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services Violence Against Women – Rural Realities Fund.

With this money we developed a Rural Response Program which focused on breaking down barriers to service for women who have experienced or are experiencing abuse in their relationships and reside in the rural areas of Dufferin/Caledon. One of the focuses of this program was being more mobile and accessible; our office space in Shelburne allowed us to be more central to the rural areas of North Dufferin. We have delivered community education, immediate support and short term counselling to those residing in Shelburne, Grand Valley and North Dufferin,  allowing us to support women as close to their home as possible.

Over the past two years, the Rural Response Program has served 115 women and provided multiple locations for client sessions: 297 in Shelburne office, 67 in the community, 69 in client homes.

Although the funding from the ministry has ended, the program continues thanks to funds secured through a very generous private donor, the Morningview Foundation. Throughout the years, the Morningview Foundation has donated close to $260,000 to FTP in support of our many programs and services. Without their generosity, we would struggle to find the funds needed to continue offering critical programs like the Rural Response Program. We are sincerely appreciative of their continued support.

Feedback from clients that have accessed this service:

“I’ve gained self-esteem, knowledge, and the confidence to stand strong. The resources that have been shared have helped me tremendously. Many positive changes.”

“…without this service, things would have been very hopeless. I don’t think I would have been able to find resources on my own.”

”…in my home, never feeling rushed, being able to talk things out. Very productive sessions.”

For more information about this new project or service please call 519- 941-HELP (4357).

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