The History of the Medicine Hat Women's Shelter Society

1979

  • 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.

1980

  • February 12 - Medicine Hat Women's Shelter Society is incorporated.
  • April 11 - First annual general meeting is held.

1981

  • Funding is approved for an emergency shelter.
  • First Executive Director is hired.

1982

  • February 1 - Medicine Hat Women's Shelter opens its doors.

1996

  • The need for a larger shelter is recognized and plans begin.

1998

  • Construction of new emergency shelter begins.

1999

  • April 20 - The new emergency shelter named "Phoenix Safe House" officially opens in new facility.

2003

  • The need for a second stage shelter is recognized and plans begin.

2006

  • Musasa House, second stage facility opens its doors.

2007

  • Phoenix Safe House increases capacity from 11 to 18 beds.
  • Official Grand Opening ceremonies for Musasa House are held.

2008

  • Phoenix Safe House increases capacity from 18 to 24 beds.

2009

  • Treehouse Daycare Program opened.
  • Housing First Program begins.

2014

  • Phoenix Safe House increased from 24 to 30 beds.
  • Safe Family Intervention Team (SFIT) program began in partnership with the Medicine Hat Police Service.

2015

  • Funding for Second Stage Shelters is announced by the province of Alberta.

2016

  • Construction of new Outreach facility begins.

2017

  • March - Outreach community based office opens at The Ridge building.