Alpha House is a year-long program for women and their children leaving an abusive relationship. We provide protective and affordable fully furnished housing; individual and group counselling for women and all age appropriate children; family counselling; support and advocacy; family activities; children’s summer activity programming; follow up counselling and support.
Our mandate is to not only provide a safe place for families to live while transitioning away from violence, but to work closely with the families to break the cycle of violence. We help women to build their self-confidence and self-reliance so that they can live independently and flourish as examples to themselves, their children and other women. We give children an opportunity to work through their feelings and to develop healthy coping skills and the ability to trust.
Alpha House was formed in 1989 by a group of women concerned with the lack of support and long term housing for women and their children who were victims of abuse. The women knew that shelters were a short-term solution and that many women traumatized by years of abuse were unable to start a new life because they were not being provided with ongoing support. Alpha House Project was founded to fulfill this need.
Through their fundraising efforts over the next five years, Alpha House formally opened its doors to the first family in 1994. Since that time over 236 families in need have turned to Alpha House to move their lives in a new direction and ultimately live life empowered.