YW Sheriff King Home crisis shelter
Sheltering women and their children with a safe place to begin rebuilding their lives.
Many vulnerable women remain locked into a cycle of abuse because they have nowhere to go. YW Sheriff King Home crisis shelter is a haven for women and their children who are fleeing family violence.
YW Sheriff King Home crisis shelter provides basic needs including food and personal items. On site case managers provide counselling and connect clients to resources for housing programs, legal services, and education supports. The goal of YW Sheriff King Home crisis shelter is to provide safety and security and then to establish a transition plan to ensure safety and security can become a regular way of life.
Shelter Information Line: 403.266.4111
24-Hour Crisis Line: 403.266.0707
programs available for:
How to register:Call: 403-266-4111
In 2015, YW Sheriff King Home sheltered 212 women and 276 children fleeing family violence.
DeAnne Allan made the decision to leave her abusive husband after receiving a note from her six-year-old daughter Emma that said, “I’ll miss you when you die and go up to heaven.”
DeAnne met her husband when they were teenagers, and she said that there were signs from the beginning that he was abusive. When she had children, she realized it was time to leave.
“I tried to get help for my ex-husband, but once it was directed at my kids, I couldn’t take that anymore,” DeAnne said. “It just kept escalating instead of getting better.”
Once she made the decision to leave her husband in 2006, she went to the YWCA. Despite the help, DeAnne didn’t find leaving easy.
“I was concerned to leave because there were so many unknown(s),” she said. “What if I lost my kids part-time? I didn’t know what we’d do or where we’d go. We had to start from scratch. We just left with some of my children’s belongings.”
Once DeAnne’s family fled to YWCA Sheriff King Home, she legally changed her name. During her stay, DeAnne attended group therapy and received professional counselling and guidance to help her start her life over.
“In those three weeks at the shelter, we created a whole new life.”
“My needs had never been taken into account until I went to the shelter. Suddenly it was, ‘what do you need? What do your kids need?’ It was a complete change of focus.”
Referring to her abusive situation, DeAnne said: “After trial and error, I found that it’s outside help that makes the difference versus trying to do it on your own.”
Her children also received support at the shelter through a play therapy group. Emma, now nine, said that she liked the shelter and had lots of fun there—she liked the bunk beds and the ballerina tutu she got for her birthday.
After leaving the shelter, DeAnne and her children moved into low-income housing, and by Christmas of 2007, they were able to buy their family home, where she began to pursue her life-long dream of writing a book.
In 2009, she began to jot down story ideas and began drawing story illustrations for a children’s book, which she decided to call “Bedtime on the Farm.” Some of her inspiration came from her own home, where she houses 10 pets: two cats, one dog, two birds, two fish, a tortoise and two bearded dragon lizards.
DeAnne has now completed her second book, “Wedding on the Farm.”
She said, “I use painting, drawing and writing as a positive outlet.”