Hiatus House, Zekelman Foundation in partnership for new transition house


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The Zekelman Foundation is partnering with Windsor’s Hiatus House as the name partner on a proposed expanded transition house, the organization has announced.

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The foundation led by Stephanie and Barry Zekelman will be a platinum and name sponsor for Hiatus House’s proposed 40-bed, six-storey transition home slated to be constructed across the street from the current Hiatus House location.

“We are really excited about the opportunity this brings to women and children who are looking to build a new life free of violence, said Sylvie Guenther, executive director of Hiatus House.

“Transitional housing will provide a period of support and safe housing to give women the time and space they need to establish themselves and ensure success once they are in permanent housing.”

Hiatus House currently has 42 beds, up from the home’s nine original beds in 1976. With a proposed 40 new beds, the organization said it’s striving to meet the needs of the community.

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“We are grateful to have such an incredible organization supporting women and children in our community with their many programs, such as a 24-hour helpline and emergency shelter,” the Zekelman family said in a statement.

“Their vision is to end violence against women and their children, and to help them live violence-free. It is our privilege to be apart of providing a safe haven.”

Transitional housing provides safe and affordable living for women leaving abuse and their children until they can move into permanent independent housing.

The new home will be identified as Hiatus House — Zekelman Campus when complete. Find more information about services and ways to donate online at hiatushouse.com.

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