In August 1974 we opened our doors to our first shelter residents: a woman and her children seeking safe shelter and a way out of a life marked by abuse, pain, fear and hopelessness. Since that first day we have provided help and hope to more than 15,000 women, children and adolescents in Oxford County while responding to 40,000 calls on our 24-hour crisis/support/information telephone and text line! At Domestic Abuse Services Oxford we are pioneers in providing services to women, children and adolescents impacted by abuse and/or homelessness as we have the distinction of being the 3rd shelter in Ontario and the 5th shelter to open in Canada.
So much has happened and changed since that first August day 43 years ago. New locations, expanded services, enhanced partnerships and collaborations, a new agency name and identity, $600,000 in renovations and upgrades in 2012, agency accreditation, more focused service delivery – just to name a few! But what hasn’t changed is our steadfast commitment to those we serve, women and their dependents impacted by domestic abuse and/or homelessness. We are proud of the positive impact we make on the community and the essential work we do in helping women and their families make the transition to safe, happy, violence-free lives.
Simply put, our services save lives. It’s a monumental task but happily we don’t do it alone. We rely on the generous support of our benefactors, friends and community partners to help us maintain, and grow, our essential programs and services for all the communities of Oxford. Everyone at DASO is so appreciative of this support as enables us to continue our important work. A BIG thank you to all who have helped us whether with monetary donations or pantry food staples or new clothing. Please know that you have made a difference in the lives of many.
If you would like more information on how YOU can help, you will find information on this website or call Heather at 519.539-7488, ext. 236 or Karen at ext. 238 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope you have a great December – I’ll let you know about Christmas in the shelter later next month.