a survivor of abuse gets a fresh start at life.police and local shelters know the survivor will be relocated safely and respectfully.a community of volunteers benefits from training and hands-on experience.a child falls asleep knowing they are safe in their new home.
Abuse affects every community across Canada.
woman is killed by her intimate partner every six days.
women experience some sort of abuse in their spousal relationship.
is the annual cost to the country of violence against women.
Filling the gap
The Shelter Movers is the only organization of its kind in Canada. Our service creates a safe and empowering space for survivors of abuse transition to a better life, at a modest cost of $200 per move.
Growing evidence suggests a significant long-term societal benefit as a result of breaking the cycle of violence. Resources are conserved when shelters and law enforcement are relieved of the logistical burden involved in trying to coordinate this type of support for abuse survivors.
Our sustainable model
In its first year, The Shelter Movers has established itself as a necessary and valued component within the broader Violence Against Women framework.
Our service model is highly replicable and requires very little overhead to operate, making its establishment in other communities across Canada very viable.
Ongoing support has been generously provided by the Zukerman Family Foundation and other groups. These and future donations will allow us to expand our services across Ontario, and eventually across Canada.
Demand has increased month over month. In 2017, we anticipate over 200 move requests.
Through the work of our dedicated volunteers, The Shelter Movers has completed over 110 moves.
Our growing partnerships
The Shelter Movers has established strong relationships within the VAW sector. Letters of engagement have been signed with nine local shelters, the Children’s Aid Society and Victim Services Toronto.
Engagement with Toronto Police Services and private security personnel allows us to maintain safety and security for our clients and volunteers. We have also formed partnerships with several local businesses to enhance our services, including storage facilities and language interpreters.
The Shelter Movers has cultivated a community of over 130 Helping Hands. Our volunteers span diverse backgrounds, both professional and ethnic. Their invaluable time and energy is dedicated to carrying out our moves and facilitating our operations.
The Shelter Movers of Toronto is an ally in the movement to end Violence Against Women. We do this by directly supporting survivors of abuse and by organizing events to raise awareness. To date, we have served over 110 clients and 200 children.