VETS Canada: In Her Boots 2018 – A HUGE Success!
We are excited to share that Saturday’s second annual VETS Canada: In Her Boots event was a HUGE success! 15 volunteer teams gathered across the country to search the streets for Veterans in crisis and visit women’s shelters to deliver donations to women / families in need. A brief sitrep from from coast to coast:
Nova Scotia: In Kentville, volunteers visited Chrysalis House Associationand Open Arms to drop off donated care items; signing up to serve breakfast for the community at the drop-in program and facilitate a presentation for staff. One referral for a Veteran in crisis was received during the event. Volunteers in Halifax completed a Boots on the Ground walk; stopping in at Barry House, Adsum for Women & Children and Nehiley House to provide collected donations. Two of these shelters already ask about CAF service upon intake, and the third agreed to begin doing so.
New Brunswick: Volunteers visited Women in Transition House Inc. in Frederiction, providing donations and an overview of our services for female Veterans.
Newfoundland: St. John’s volunteers visited Iris Kirby House; providing collected donations and briefing shelter staff on our services.
Quebec: In Montreal, volunteers visited a number of shelters, one of which offered temporary accommodations as needed for female Veterans working with VETS Canada.
Ontario: Volunteers from Kingston/Napanee visited a number of shelters, including Red Cedars Shelter and Lily’s Place Family Shelter; providing an overview of our services as well as materials to hand out to women.The local volunteer team will now be presenting at their next homeless information fair.
In Windsor, volunteers dropped off donations and materials re. emergency support for female Veterans at three women’s shelters: Our Lady of Guadaloupe, Welcome Centre Shelter for Women, and Hiatus House.
Toronto volunteers visited Fred Victor Centre Women’s Hostel, dropping off donations and providing information/materials re. VETS Canada.
Ottawa volunteers completed a lengthy Boots on the Ground Walk and visited a number of shelters; dropping donations at the YWCA, Cornerstone Housing for Women, Nelson House of Ottawa-Carleton and the Shepherds of Good Hope.
Saskatchewan: Volunteers in Saskatoon provided information to the local women’s shelter re. our services, while Moose Jaw volunteers visited the Moose Jaw Housing Agency; providing an overview of emergency support available for Veterans in crisis. In Regina, volunteers visited the Regina Transition House and YWCA Regina, providing materials for Veterans in need.
Alberta: Calgary volunteers visited the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre – The DI; educating staff on our availability to provide emergency support for Veterans in crisis. In Edmonton, volunteers visited the Women’s Emergency Accommodation Centre, dropping off materials and numerous donations.
British Columbia: In Victoria, volunteers visited two women’s shelters; providing information and materials regarding our services. Additionally, on the day of the event, one of our Victoria volunteers was assisting a female Veteran with a housing search.
Media coverage of the day included:
See below for some snap shots from the day!