Our residential shelter is a 33 bed emergency shelter with 18 bedrooms for women* and children who have experienced abuse or homelessness. Two of these bedrooms are fully accessible. The shelter is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, providing a safe haven, meals, support, information, case management, and referrals to other community resources. For safety purposes, the shelter has security cameras and an alarm system throughout the building.
Staying at Nova Vita will give you an opportunity to think about your situation and hopefully reach some decisions as to what you want to do next. We will help to explain your options and support your choices, with safety as the priority.
We will provide beds, cribs, bedding, toiletries, diapers, emergency clothing, and access to laundry facilities. Families have their own bedrooms but may have to share a bathroom. Residents of Nova Vita will have access to 3 meals a day as well as snacks. Staff are on duty in the shelter 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you think that staying in our emergency shelter is right for you, a Nova Vita shelter worker will meet with you for an assessment of service. In this meeting, the shelter worker will discuss safety planning, options available to you, and provide you with resources and referrals. If there is space available in our emergency shelter, the shelter worker will complete an intake with you, provide you with a tour, explain the shelter rules and guidelines, and assist you with settling into your room.
Nova Vita is a temporary communal living environment, with many different people and families under one roof. At times this can be challenging, so we do have house rules and guidelines to follow to ensure that your time with us runs as smoothly as possible for you and your children.
We believe that every person is entitled to a life without violence. Most of the people who come to stay in our residential program have left situations which have been abusive, threatening, or unsafe. Therefore, we have a strict no-violence policy towards other residents, children, staff, volunteers, and/or visitors which includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats of violence, emotional abuse, or verbal abuse. We want Nova Vita to be a place where everyone feels safe and secure. A place where individuals can heal and recover as well as work on their transition plans as they move on from Nova Vita.
For more information or to connect to this program:
Text 519-754-5332 (Texting only please)
*women includes: transwomen, non-binary individuals, gender non-conforming individuals, gender-fluid individuals, and cis-women