Grande Prairie’s Emergency Shelter & Supportive Housing Centre

For women and children in need of safety and support

Our Services

Emergency Shelter

42 beds in a private, secure, welcoming facility. For women and children in need of short-term emergency accommodation.

Shelter

Serenity Place

An apartment building for women, with or without children, in need of safe, affordable housing and specialized programming.

Housing

Outreach Community Support

The healing journey can be long and difficult. It wasn’t made to be walked alone. Programs open to residential and outreach clients.

Outreach

Childcare Support

Get the help you need. After-school and respite care for children is provided for residents. Outreach clients can also access childcare during group support.

Childcare

Public Education

Community awareness is key to the prevention of family violence. Our Public Education Coordinator is active in the community, advocating healthy relationships.

Education

Volunteer

You only need two things to make a difference: a desire to help, and a decision to act. Share your interests and talents with the residents at Odyssey House.

Volunteer

About Odyssey House

Odyssey House is a non-profit organization and registered charity. We provide safe, secure, and supportive accommodation for women and their children who are victims of domestic violence, are in crisis, or in need of a housing alternative. Odyssey House is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We accommodated 464 women and 217 children in our emergency shelter and 19 women and 33 children to our second-stage shelter during the fiscal 2016/2017 year. We took 3,370 calls to our crisis lines last year. Our trauma counsellors worked with 63 individuals from Dec 1 2016– March 31 2017.

More About Us

Serenity Place provides comfortable, affordable accommodations to help you get back on your feet.

Serenity Place provides comfortable, affordable accommodations to help you get back on your feet.

Past Testimonials

  • I felt so alone, I didn’t know who to turn to. Who would understand? At the shelter, they completely understood what I was going through. I don’t feel so alone now.
    Sandi2009
  • I received so much support with my kids. They taught me that my children were hurting, and showed me how I could be there for them. Everything is so much better now.
    Molly2008
  • There are times when we just cannot cope with what is happening in our lives. We lose confidence easily, we feel bewildered and carry with us a feeling of disappointment. When we feel like this, when we are distressed within ourselves, we have to learn new ways for coping with our lives. We have to search for New Beginnings. We have to find new ways to help us find peace and contentment once again; new ways to help us make a richer life for ourselves. We will never know what we can do, how we can change our lives-unless we try, as we make our lives, if only for a while, a journey of New Beginnings.
    Pauline Smith
  • Since I’ve been here, I’ve learned a lot about what it means to love myself again and not be afraid to be alone and to be a single mother the workers here are so amazing. I’m blessed to be here and have them in my life.
    Serenity Place Resident
  • I remember when I told one of our clients her move in date, she teared up and said "I just want to go tell my kids we have a safe home now."
    Family Support Coordinator, Serenity Place
  • The staff that came in really made me feel important, and that I wasn’t alone.  More than that, they let me know that I am not responsible for the way that my ex has treated me, and that there are people that care about me and my well being.
    Karen B.
  • I didn’t realize that this was happening in my own town- you always think that it doesn’t happen in your own back yard.  I would like to be able to do more for my community and am really happy that I had my eyes opened to this.
    Loui D.
  • It wasn’t until we looked at what healthy and unhealthy relationships look like that I realized that I, myself and living in an unhealthy relationship.  I guess I need to go back to the basics and decide what I want for myself and my children before I can move on.  This course gives me the courage to believe that I can give myself and my children and better life.
    Linda C.
  • This course really opened my eyes to how women are treated and how my doing nothing can contribute to that negative action.
    Kim W.
  • Odyssey house is a great community resource for the vulnerable people in our community, they are a great asset to have in our region.
    Katelyn N.

Read All Testimonials

How You Can Help

There are multiple ways you can donate to support Odyssey house, from online donations to Gift-In-Kind contributions and more.

Donate

Volunteers support almost every program at Odyssey House, including Public Education, Child Care, Administration, and kitchen support.

Volunteer

As a legal member, you can vote at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and help guide our course over the years to come.

Membership