In 1984, a group of concerned community members recognized the need for a safe, secure refuge for abused women and their children in the North Simcoe County.
Within the next year, thanks to their hard work and determination, the doors of La Maison Rosewood Shelter were opened. This was the beginning of Huronia Transition Homes. Starting as a 15 bed shelter for abused women and their children in Midland, Ontario, La maison Rosewood Shelter has supported many women and their children in our communities – and we continued to grow.
Throughout the years, the ongoing community support has allowed the number of programs offered by Huronia Transition Homes to expand beyond La maison Rosewood Shelter.
In 1998, the Ministry of the Attorney General approached Huronia Transition Homes to provide services to women in Simcoe County who had experienced recent and/or past sexual assault. Athena’s Sexual Assault Counselling & Advocacy Centre opened in Barrie, Ontario in October of that year.
By 2001, Huronia Transition Homes was ready for another new initiative with the introduction of Choices for Children. This program, offered across Simcoe County, helps children who have been exposed to violence against their mothers. The 10 week group sessions are held in Midland, Barrie, Orillia, Alliston and Collingwood throughout the year.
In 2009, Women’s Support Groups were introduced at La maison Rosewood Shelter for women who have experienced violence and abuse. They give women the opportunity to increase their self-esteem by interacting and sharing in a group format. The groups also allow women to gain an understanding of the dynamics and impact of abuse. Later in that same year, La maison Rosewood Shelter, with support from the County of Simcoe, welcomed the addition of 5 homeless beds to serve more women and their children, bringing its bed count to 20.
Huronia Transition Homes is continuing to grow. We count on the support and involvement of our communities to continue our work.
The growth of HTH…
1991 - The move to the new La maison Rosewood Shelter.
1992 - Outreach Services commenced. Women can now receive community based counselling.
1993 - Huronia Transition Homes engages in pay equity.
1996 – Ministry of the Attorney General contracts for Francophone services.
1997 - Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation provided funding for an 800 sq ft expansion at La maison Rosewood Shelter.
1998 - Athena’s Sexual Assault Counselling & Advocacy Centre opens, and a new logo is launched for Huronia Transition Homes.
2001 - Choices for Children program launched.
- Transitional & Housing Support Program begins.
- Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation provided funding for interior and exterior renovations to La maison Rosewood Shelter.
2006 - The Ontario Trillium Foundation provides funding for the Development program.
- La maison Rosewood Shelter holds its first annual fundraising gala “Reflections”.
- V-Day is launched with Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues in Midland.
2009 - Supported by the County of Simcoe, 5 homeless beds for women and their children are added to la maison Rosewood Shelter.
- Women’s Support Groups commence.