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COVID-19 UPDATES: to 21-Mar-20

Shelter services and supports remain operating. The health and wellbeing of MHWSS staff, clients, volunteers and our community remain a top priority.
To reduce the risk of COVID-19, please note the following:
Temporary closure of MHWSS administrative office.
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Thank you for helping us grow hope in our community!

The Medicine Hat Women's Shelter Society is excited to announce we've reached our 40th anniversary fundraising goal of $300,000.

"We are beyond grateful to our community who time and time again has stepped up to support us in keeping families safe from violence and abuse," said Angela Kolody, president of the MHWSS board of directors.

"We began the campaign in September 2019 in the lead up to our 40th anniversary, expecting it would take a full year to reach our goal. That it took only a matter of months is a testament to how so many believe in the work we do in our community."

The aim was to raise $150,000 from community donations, with this amount being matched dollar-for-dollar with funds earmarked by the MHWSS board of directors as a way to encourage participation. The $300,000 will be put into the Shelter Legacy Program, an endowment fund launched in 2012 in partnership with the Community Foundation of Southeastern Alberta. Donations towards the fund are never spent. Instead, the interest generated from the investment is put towards MHWSS programming.

"As we've seen in 2020, the world can turn upside down in a matter hours, days and months," said Natasha Carvalho, executive director of MHWSS. "It reaffirms how important building up our Shelter Legacy Program is, to ensure financial stability no matter what the future holds."