Pincher Creek Women's Emergency Shelter Association
Our History
1988 Napi Friendship Association conducted needs assessment to determine needs of Aboriginal women in PC and Peigan Reserve. Recommended need for emergency housing for women in the area. Around the same time, Matthew Halton Community School in PC sponsored forum on Family Violence Issues. This event mobilized community to take action.
1990 Family Violence Education Project established through Canadian Mental Health Association as first step to addressing the issue locally. Catalyst for women’s shelter came about through informal meeting at the FVEP office regarding possible use of a vacant convent.Within short period of time a steering committee was formed and a meeting date set to begin the process of establishing PCWESA.
1992 The Women’s Emergency Shelter Association officially came  into being as a registered non-profit organization.Initial mandate was to provide referrals for women and children in need and conduct educational awareness presentations for the community as well as working toward establishing emergency housing for families fleeing violence.
1997 PCWESA officially opened its doors as a 10 bed emergency shelter facility. In the first year alone 173 women and children were resident at the Shelter.Since then PCWESA has consistently served hundreds of women and children every year.
2006 PCWESA moved locations and added 6 beds. Funding from the Provincial Government (Ministry of Children and Youth Services) increased from 10 to 12 beds.
2008 Core Funding increased to cover 15 out of 16 beds.
2015 Core funding increased to expand Outreach Program


2016/2017 Annual Report
July 19, 2017

Our 2016/2017 Annual Report is now available for download. Please find a copy of it here.

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