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Volunteer safe homes needed on Cortes Island: women’s centre

By Louis Belcourt, CKTZ News, through an LJI grant from Canada-info.ca

The Campbell River and North Island Transition Society is looking for private safe homes to shelter women and children fleeing violence on Cortes Island.

The society works closely with the Cortes Island Women’s Resource Centre to help provide services, resource and shelter for those in need.

“We are definitely looking for safe homes, especially in the summertime. We tend to lose some of them as traditionally they tend to be maybe an Airbnb or something that gets rented out,” said Tanya Henck, director of the Cortes Women’s Centre.

Henck founded the organization in early 2019 and continues to work on providing more services for women and children locally.

“We consider a domestic abuse to be verbal, emotional, financial, sexual—it doesn’t just have to be physical abuse.”

Any volunteers with any size of functional, safe and vacant living space available on Cortes can contact Emily at the CR and NI Transition Society at 250-286-3666 or email safehome@annelmorehouse.ca to begin the vetting process to provide a safe home.

Top image credit: The women’s centre has been operating for four years, providing a variety of services to women in need. Photo courtesy of Cortes Women’s Resource Centre.