“The Iris Kirby House provides a safe and secure refuge for women with or without children who are experiencing domestic violence.”
Women who seek shelter at Iris Kirby House have typically experienced a combination of several types of abuse: physical, psychological, emotional, sexual and financial. Whatever type you may be experiencing, remember – it’s not your fault. We offer a safe haven and nonjudgmental support, and assist women in looking at all their options. We recognize that it is a basic human right for each individual to live free and without fear of violence. Some important things to note:
Programming is an important part of our services and while some programs/groups are offered to the residents on a voluntary basis, other groups are mandatory. Click here for more.
Iris Kirby House Established
Beds At Iris Kirby House
O’Shaughnessy House Opened
Beds At O’Shaughnessy House
*Second Stage Housing Units
*Within the St. John’s, Mount Pearl, and Carbonear areas operated by Iris Kirby House.
Closely following immediate physical safety are the issues of income and safe, affordable housing. Some clients have the financial resources to secure their own housing needs, however, the majority of our clients do require assistance. Advocating on their behalf is an important part of the work we do with families.
Iris Kirby House is government funded for daily operations and shelter maintenance, while making use of generous donations to provide comforts and additional supports to the residents and former residents of the shelters. Click here to support us.
Click here to learn more about the lives of two extraordinary women, Iris Kirby and Sister O’Shaughnessy.
Shelter staff are available 24 hours per day, year round, to respond to calls from individuals seeking information, support or shelter. If you or someone you know is being abused please call us.
24 Hour Crisis Lines:
Iris Kirby House: (709) 753-1492
Toll Free: 1-877-753-1492
O’Shaughnessy House: (709) 596-8709
Toll Free: 1-888-596-8709
Iris Kirby House
2014 – 2015
Out of Shelter Advocacy
Other Calls (e.g. from other agencies, referrals, police, request for information, etc.)