Harmony House is a second stage transition home for women providing women and their children with a shelter that is safe, secure, and provides an opportunity to them to heal and nurture in a culturally sensitive, linguistically accessible and healing environment. In Harmony House, residents receive an array of services to support their empowerment and goals of integrating in the society safely at their own pace. They learn life skills, get assistance with employment search, learn about budgeting on their own and learn English language to enhance their capacity of leading their lives to the best of their potential. Aside from measurable services, these women receive emotional support and advocacy from PICS and our community partners.
Because of its connection to the head office, residents of Harmony House have an easier access to our other services such as: language classes, women’s health clinic, employment programs, settlement and integration services, and training programs. Harmony House is uniquely positioned at an advantage to provide support to immigrant and refugee women. Our approach to empower women is rooted in honoring their immigrant and refugee experiences as we work with them with a trauma informed perspective. Women get an opportunity to experience the dynamic and multi- ethnic fabric of the Canadian society where they enjoy a reciprocal process of sharing their cultural wisdom with each other. The Harmony House established a very successful communal kitchen program recently; the administration continues to provide women with ample food items for them to meet their nutritional needs. A weekly support group has been initiated for residents in order to enhance their life –skills and provide them with a safe space to express their needs and emotions. Women typically prepare lunch together on a weekly basis and share recipes to foster greater cultural understanding and respect. A community garden was planted this year that yielded organic crop of an assortment of summer vegetables. The residents felt proud of their achievement of participating in growing vegetables and having access to healthy home-grown food. A treadmill machine was recently donated to the house in order to meet the needs of their physical exercise and maintaining health in a safe environment on a regular basis.
The following programs are offered at Harmony House:
- Provides women and children a safe place to heal from domestic violence in a non-judgmental and secure living environment
- Trained and qualified staff provides counseling, advocacy, referrals, and support to ensure that women are provided with the opportunity to realize their full potential
- Life-skills training and confidence building exercises are offered to help women lead independent and purposeful lives
- Job skills training and volunteering opportunities
For more information, contact Harmony House Coordinator Fax: 604-593-1979