Thank you for believing that “She Deserves it”

For years, in the midst of a crisis, women and children were being forced to share bedrooms and bathrooms with people they didn’t know. They were eating in shifts because our kitchen was so small. They didn’t deserve that.

Counselling and therapy, in fact all programming, had to be done in closets and cramped spaces at Haven House. It was not as effective as it should have been and was, at times, uncomfortable. Women and children escaping abuse didn’t deserve that.
The shelter was not a private, calm, therapeutic place to seek refuge and heal from abuse and violence. It wasn’t what she deserved.

Because of the generosity and compassion of so many people, together we rebuilt Haven House, because SHE DESERVES IT. Thank you.

The past year brought many new supporters who reached far beyond where we could reach on our own. Our Leadership team lead the way and brought our community together, brick by brick, donation by donation. Haven House is truly a community project that will change the lives of so many of our friends, neighbours and loved ones.

Alongside the rebuild of Haven House, we forged ahead with new third party events, campaigns, and celebrated successes at our Women’s Week event- Terrific Tables, at our Annual Golf Tournament and under the stars at our Stars and Strength Gala at the enchanting Hacienda Sarria. All of which required not only financial sponsorship and support, but many volunteer hours of support and dedication.

It is because of you, our donors, our supporters, our volunteers, that we are breaking the chains of abuse. We have a dedicated Outreach program and two shelters for abused women and children in our region. Within the walls of Anselma House and Haven House we offer safe refuge and a place to heal for your sister, mother, colleague, neighbour.

Haven House, originally built to accommodate 11 people, is currently serving 30-33 people on average.

We are rebuilding Haven House to 45 beds (including 30 private bedrooms and washrooms). The new shelter will be equipped with larger common areas, program and meeting spaces and a state of the art security system for our residents and staff.

When a woman and her children arrive at the shelter, it is a scary, confusing, frustrating and exhausting time for them. Their own bedroom will be designed for comfort and sensitivity during this process of healing.

We are looking to our community to provide the comfort and care for women and children as they move beyond violence in Waterloo Region. We are asking community leaders to Build a Bedroom that will, for generations, support healing and dignity as women and children heal from abuse.

Residential rooms will include a private bathroom, closet, window for natural light and fresh air, desk and drawers with the possibility to open the adjoining room for the children she brings with her and cribs when necessary.

The cost of building a bedroom is $30,000. An investment of this size can be pledged over two or three years or can be supported from a variety of sources. A donation from the sale of merchandise, internal fundraising events, or personal and corporate donations can all be combined to Build a Bedroom.

Investments in Haven House will be recognized publicly in many ways. Community leaders who commit to Build a Bedroom will be listed in the private residence of the shelter as well as on the public donor wall.

To read The Record article about Build a Bedroom Click Here.

To date, we have bedroom commitments from the following generous community members who believe that :shedeservesit::

  • Anonymous
  • Canadian Tire, Pinebush
  • Desta Leavine
  • Douglas Mitten
  • Friends of Rotary Club of Cambridge North
  • Iris Mitten
  • Jean & William Stoltz
  • Landry Family Foundation
  • Peggy Hallman
  • Rotary Club of Cambridge North
  • Rotary Club of Cambridge Preston Hespeler
  • Transchem
  • Victoria Star Motors
  • Willy and Laura Heffner

If you want more information or details about how you, your workplace or your group can Build a Bedroom, please contact Alan Sharpe:

Phone: 519-741-9184 ext 2003


Contact the :shedeservesit: campaign

Should you wish to contact us for further information on our :shedeservesit: Rebuild Haven House capital campaign  or have questions, please feel free to get in touch with us.

Help us break the chain of abuse and offer women and children a safe environment to turn to when there is nowhere else to go.


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