Today is International Women’s Day (IWD), and as I cruised through Facebook, Twitter, and news articles I am left with a sense of comfort and inspiration, but an equally matched sense of wonder. You see, we support women everyday in-house and outreach and we are staffed fully by women. Individually and collectively, we are inspired by some changes over the years, and especially by the mobilization of communities (i.e. around the recent judges decision in Halifax), and we are equally frustrated by the limitations and fluidity of movement of women within our culture and issues that shadow progression to feelings of safety.
In our world, everyday is IWD – we celebrate the strength, courage and determination it requires for a woman to access supports before, during or after impacts of partner violence occur. We support her to reclaim her authenticity and defining who she is, now that she is in a position to redefine her direction.
Everyday is IWD when I look at the faces of the women who compose this team; women that work so diligently to support, encourage and be strong beside the women we are privileged to meet as they deal with trauma, change and setting down their new roots. In their faces is knowledge, compassion and inclusivity.
So the conversations around IWD, need to be continued everyday, not just today.
Here is a link to ‘s Becky Kent about affordable housing in NS – please take a listen!
Its all about perspective… at Harbour House, we are striving to be renewed – we are revamping our programs, making plans to refresh our house and looking forward to strategically planning for our work over the next few years. We will begin to advertise our programs through this webpage, using a digital calendar and stay tuned for our “table talk” video sessions.
We care about supporting, nurturing and developing sustainable safety plans with women, and developing creative life plans with the women we work with. We are in the community – speaking and educating. We are available 24/7 through our crisis line (902-543-3999 or 1-888-543-3999). We are also available 24/7 to attend the hospital to support victims of sexualized violence.
We are working everyday to better the work we do, and to contribute to the prevention of violence. This website will be updated regularly and new resources, links and information will be added often. Please check back to see us grow!
It’s 30 years of Harbour House!
Want to be more organized? Want to ensure that you get all the things done you need to do in your busy life? Have troubles balancing pressures of home, person and work life? Come join us to learn how to manage these pressures using a bullet journalling method – we provide supplies and childcare. This is open to professionals and all community members. Please click “going” if you are planning on attending so we can ensure we have enough for everyone!
Welcome to Harbour House. We are a transition house serving women and their dependent children who have left situations of intimate partner violence. We are located on the South Shore of Nova Scotia, in Bridgewater, offering services in Lunenburg and Queens Counties. We have fifteen beds at the House. Our doors opened in 1987, and we have since that time sheltered hundreds of women and children. A typical stay is six weeks, during which time women receive safe shelter, supportive counseling, appropriate referrals and a compassionate and healing atmosphere.
Phone anytime, day or night for assistance 1.888.543.3999 or 902.543.3999.