making a difference . . . one person, one family at a time.
The History of the Medicine Hat Women's Shelter Society
- Representatives from helping agencies, professionals, businesses and concerned citizens come together to form a Task Force for Women in Crisis under the auspices of the Community Resources Center.
- February 12 - Medicine Hat Women's Shelter Society is incorporated.
- April 11 - First annual general meeting is held.
- Funding is approved for an emergency shelter.
- First Executive Director is hired.
- February 1 - Medicine Hat Women's Shelter opens its doors.
- The need for a larger shelter is recognized and plans begin.
- Construction of new emergency shelter begins.
- April 20 - The new emergency shelter named "Phoenix Safe House" officially opens in new facility.
- The need for a second stage shelter is recognized and plans begin.
- Musasa House, second stage facility opens its doors.
- Phoenix Safe House increases capacity from 11 to 18 beds.
- Official Grand Opening ceremonies for Musasa House are held.
- Phoenix Safe House increases capacity from 18 to 24 beds.
- Treehouse Daycare Program opened.
- Housing First Program begins.
- Phoenix Safe House increased from 24 to 30 beds.
- Safe Family Intervention Team (SFIT) program began in partnership with the Medicine Hat Police Service.
- Funding for Second Stage Shelters is announced by the province of Alberta.
- Construction of new Outreach facility begins.
- March - Outreach community based office opens at The Ridge building.