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About

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 abuse, are in crisis, or in need of a housing alternative. Odyssey House is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In the 2022/2023 year, we supported 246 women and 197 children at our emergency shelter. We facilitated 137 groups attended by 770 people. Our Trauma Counselors provided 728 hours of therapy to 131 individuals. Our second-stage shelter, Serenity Place, supported 19 women and 22 children. We had 2,040 calls to our 24/7 crisis line. 

 

Public Education delivered 371 presentations, with a total of 5,613 individuals in attendance. Odyssey House was also present at 21 public engagement events.

Our Childcare Support Team supported 328 children through our childcare programs. 10,449 hours of trauma-informed programming were provided to the children accessing our programs.  

Overview

Vision

A community free from family violence.

Mission

To supports individuals impacted by family violence and abuse through safe shelter, education, advocacy, and access to community resources.

Values

Safety

Ensuring emotional and physical safety
Choice

Everyone has the ability to influence their environment
Collaboration

Making decisions together and sharing power
Empowerment

Continuing to grow trust in self
Professionalism

Task clarity, consistency, and interpersonal relationships

Guiding Beliefs 

  • Everyone has the right to a life free of violence.

  • Women have the right to make choices in their own lives.

  • The role of staff is to educate and empower clients to make choices and accept responsibility for those choices.

  • Everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect.

  • Everyone has the right to services that are delivered in a professional, nonjudgmental and sensitive manner considering diverse cultures.

  • Every child has the right to live in a safe and protected environment that fosters optimum physical, cognitive, emotional, spiritual, and social growth.

  • We will recognize a family unit as its members define it.

  • All matters are considered confidential except where dictated by law.

  • We endeavor to provide the best possible information and support available. This may include but is not limited to, advocacy, referrals, resources, and case conferences.

  • Services are delivered on a case-by-case basis, allowing for unique and/or specific client needs.

  • Education regarding family violence and women’s issues is an effective, proactive form of prevention and empowerment.

  • Survivors of family violence deserve support and information as they continue their “journey of healing.”

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