Does Airdrie P.O.W.E.R. accept donations of clothing, toys, or other items?
No, we do not accept donations of clothing, toys, furniture, or mattresses. We are also not currently accepting donations of hygiene items, blankets, pillows, etc. as we are fully stocked. If you have good condition clothes or small household items to donate, please consider donating them to our partner, Airdrie Community Thrift Store.
Is Airdrie P.O.W.E.R. a registered non-profit?
Yes, our CRA Charitable Status Number: 74037 8724 RR0001. All monetary donations are eligible for a tax receipt.
Do you accept volunteers?
Yes, Airdrie P.O.W.E.R. could not be where we are without the generous help of volunteers. Opportunities to volunteer are limited currently with the COVID restrictions, but please contact us to get on our volunteer list.
Why isn't the shelter an overnight facility?
The Day Shelter facility is Phase 1 of our 3 phase plan, phase 2 is an overnight shelter, phase 3 is long term housing. The Day Shelter plays an important role, as over 90% of women who leave abusive relationships never stay in an overnight shelter. There are many reasons why they do not, and each woman is unique. However, we feel strongly that these women need support for their situations and circumstances. The Day Shelter is here for women who do not or can not use a traditional shelter facility, as well as being here for women who have already left and need continued support. We take safety seriously and if a woman is in danger we will help her find a shelter or other arrangements.
What about safety?
We take safety very seriously. Our Day Shelter facility has an amazing security system, and we have safety plans and procedures in place. We are also working with the RCMP to ensure the safety of clients, staff, and volunteers.
What is domestic abuse? Is it only physical violence?
Domestic abuse is so much more than just physical violence. Abuse can take many forms, and it is any behaviour that entails one person trying to gain or maintain control or power over the other. Domestic violence can include sexual, financial, verbal, spiritual, or physical abuse. It can also be emotional manipulation, using children against the other partner, minimizing, blaming, stalking, using technology to control, intimidation, isolation, threats, and more. If you are not sure if you are in an abusive relationship, please reach out to us. We are here to talk to you about it.
Are children and pets allowed at the Day Shelter?
Yes! Women can feel free to bring their children and their (non-aggressive) pets with them when they come. We have toys, tv, and space for kids and pets to relax while you're here.
Other questions? Contact us!