Rodney Kiwanis Helps Families Needing Safety

West Lorne, ON (July 18 th, 2013) — Violence Against Women Services Elgin County is happy to announce a gift from the Rodney Kiwanis Club.

The Rodney Kiwanis today gave $1,000 to create a new home for Women’s Place Elgin’s Emergency Shelter.

“At Women’s Place our Emergency Shelter, mothers and their children seek refuge from abuse. Over 300 women and children come through the doors of the shelter every year and find safety and counsel. We are so happy that the Kiwanis Club has given to help us create a new home with more space designed to serve so many by making sure each family has a bedroom of their own to heal with dignity. And that each child has the space to play and release the fear and worry they carry” said Carole Watson, Chair of the Building Hope Saving Lives Campaign.

Liz Brown, Executive Director noted: “We are delighted to have the leadership of the Rodney Kiwanis. They raise funds to support local initiatives that help their community. Today their gift of service will be felt in the hearts of women and children from the West and all over Elgin County who are experiencing abuse. It sends a powerful message that their community cares and has not forgotten them and wants to help. This is no small moment and their kindness will help to create a new home for Women’s Place Elgin’s only 24 Hour Emergency Shelter.”

The gift from the Rodney Kiwanis Club will be doubled to $2,000 thanks to a donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, who is matching every community donation up to $250,000

Thanks to the generosity and support from our local community, Violence Against Women Services Elgin County raised a total of $503,000 of the $1 million dollar goal.

In the attached photo are (right to left: TBD)
John Johnston, President of Rodney Kiwanis; Carole Watson, Chair of the Building Hope Saving Lives Campaign; Diane Brown, Member of the Building Hope Saving Lives Committee; and Liz Brown, Executive Director of Violence Against Women Services Elgin County.

About Building Hope. Saving Lives.

Building Hope. Saving Lives. is a Violence Against Women Services Elgin County initiative to provide dignity and hope to women and children in Elgin County by creating a new home for Women’s Place Elgin’s Emergency Shelter.

To make a secure on line donation or find out more information please visit:

About Violence Against Women Services Elgin County

Violence Against Women, Services Elgin County is an agency that serves women and their children – boys and girls – from Rodney, West Lorne, Dutton, Aylmer, St. Thomas and all points across Elgin County through: its 24 Hour Helpline for real time assistance; 24 Hour Drop In Counselling so there no wait time for service; Community Based Counselling in Aylmer, St. Thomas, and West Lorne so help is close by for women in transition, women who have been sexually abused; and children from 4 to 18 years of age; Prevention Through Education programs in local schools, community groups and agencies so we can all be part of the solution to create safer communities for everyone; and at Women’s Place Elgin’s Emergency Shelter where women and children find safety and counsel as
they flee abuse.

For more information and all media inquiries:
Liz Brown, Executive Director
519-633-0155 I

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