O’Shaughnessy House Programs and Services

Iris Kirby House, St. John’s Site: 1 (877) 753-1492O’Shaughnessy House, Carbonear Site: 1 (888) 596-8709

Shelter life provides women with the opportunity to support each other and to share their feelings and experiences. We facilitate mandatory group meetings, which also provides residents with a way to support each other in working through issues and assists them in making important decisions about their future. These programs help victims of abuse grow stronger and build better lives for themselves and their children.

Emergency Housing

The shelter is a safe place for women and their children fleeing violence and abuse. Staff are available 24 hours a day to respond to your needs and maintain a comfortable and supportive living environment.

Out-of-Shelter Advocacy

Not all women fleeing violence will stay at a shelter. Some women will access services by telephone or through scheduled appointments with shelter staff while staying in a safe place outside of the shelter.

Children and Youth Programs

Staff assist in providing  a variety of services to children living with the effects of witnessing or experiencing violence and abuse. Services include referrals to counselling, advocacy, group work and activities.

Mental Health Advocacy Program

Mental Health Practitioners assists to provide women with specialised mental health services including assessment, counselling, advocacy and referral.

Outreach and Special Events

Women and children who have lived at the shelter can take part in a variety of special events and recreational activities throughout the year including Adopt-a-Family Christmas Program, Ex-resident supper, ”Pantry Project”, School backpack program, and more.

Empowerment Group Programs

Educational and support groups are offered regularly providing women an opportunity to learn, share, build on their strengths, and move toward security and economic independence.

Life Skills/Connections Program

Women are offered assistance with daily life skills such as budgeting, nutritional menu planning, cooking and navigating community services.

Seeds of Hope Program

Models a horticultural therapy setting which builds self development and promotes self care in women and children.

Volunteer Income Tax Program

Trained staff assist with women in completing their annual income tax returns. This service assists women in receiving the applicable benefits they are entitled to receive. It also aids women in their application for various programs and services.