1.888.285.6958 crisis@ghws.ca

Programs and Services

Green Haven Shelter is a safe alternative to an abusive home.

Trained staff are available to you 24/7. Your safety and confidentiality are key priorities.

Information on options, your rights, resources, and referrals to services that best meet your needs are provided. These could include legal, financial, housing and employment issues.

Concerns about the impact of exposure to violence on your children and the effect of trauma on you can also be explored.

24 Hour Crisis Line

  • Immediate telephone support
  • Crisis intervention
  • Phone us at 1.888.285.6958
  • Local: 705-327-7319
  • Text us: 705-345-1302
  • Email us at crisis@ghws.ca

The Residential Shelter Program

  • Safe, secure refuge 24 hour / 7 days a week
  • Informal, confidential support and crisis counselling
  • Financial, legal and housing information and referrals
  • Information on community resources and referrals
  • Emergency transportation
  • Safety planning

The Community Outreach Program

  • An alternative to the Residential Shelter Program
  • Court/legal support
  • Confidential individual and/or group counselling by appointment
  • Local: 705-329-2806

Transitional Housing Support Services

  • Housing alternatives for women in residence or from the community
  • Employment and education opportunities
  • Applications to subsidized housing programs
  • Income support and budgeting, financial resources and options
  • Information and support regarding legal aid
  • Parenting support resources

Child and Youth Services

  • Individual and group counselling
  • Recreational and play activities, including arts and crafts
  • School support while residing at the shelter
  • Parenting support for mothers

Green Haven Shelter is a safe alternative to an abusive home.

Trained staff are available to you 24/7. Your safety and confidentiality are key priorities.

Information on options, your rights, resources, and referrals to services that best meet your needs are provided. These could include legal, financial, housing and employment issues.

Concerns about the impact of exposure to violence on your children and the effect of trauma on you can also be explored.

24 Hour Crisis Line

  • Immediate telephone support
  • Crisis intervention
  • Phone us at 1.888.285.6958
  • Local: 705-327-7319
  • Text us: 705-345-1302
  • Email us at crisis@ghws.ca

The Residential Shelter Program

  • Safe, secure refuge 24 hour / 7 days a week
  • Informal, confidential support and crisis counselling
  • Financial, legal and housing information and referrals
  • Information on community resources and referrals
  • Emergency transportation
  • Safety planning

The Community Outreach Program

  • An alternative to the Residential Shelter Program
  • Court/legal support
  • Confidential individual and/or group counselling by appointment
  • Local: 705-329-2806

Transitional Housing Support Services

  • Housing alternatives for women in residence or from the community
  • Employment and education opportunities
  • Applications to subsidized housing programs
  • Income support and budgeting, financial resources and options
  • Information and support regarding legal aid
  • Parenting support resources

Child and Youth Services

  • Individual and group counselling
  • Recreational and play activities, including arts and crafts
  • School support while residing at the shelter
  • Parenting support for mothers

Des Services en Français

Centre Colibri offre un endroit sécuritaire aux femmes d’expression française victimes de violence conjugale pour recevoir un service d’information juridique pertinente dans leur langue, disponibles à Barrie et dans le comté de Simcoe.

Femaide Logo 1-877-336-2433
ATS 1-866-860-7082

Fem’aide offre aux femmes d’expression française aux prises avec la violence sexiste, du soutien, des renseignements et de l’aiguillage vers les services appropriés dans leur collectivité 24 heures par jour, sept jours par semaine. Fem’aide peut également répondre aux demandes de renseignements faites par les proches des femmes victimes de violence.

Fem’aide concentre son intervention auprès des femmes ayant subi de la violence dans une relation intime ou encore de l’agression à caractère sexuel.

Green Haven Hires Interim ED

The Board of Directors has hired an Interim Executive Director to work with the Board over the next few months to plan and hire a permanent Executive Director.

Ligaya Byrch, will become the Interim ED on November 27, 2020 following the over 30 years of leadership provided by Liz Westcott who is retiring.

Ligaya Byrch will bring to the organization over ten years of leadership experience in the shelter system including the management of a women’s program in Toronto. Ms. Byrch comes with over twenty years experience at a governance level, and over 30 years experience at a senior leadership and executive level. Most recently, as a Community Innovator and Entrepreneur, Ligaya has been able to support various local charities to raise funds for their programs. This work has amounted to over $2M in base and one-time dollars coming into the local community to better support some of the most vulnerable of
our society.

“I look forward to the opportunity to support the clients, staff and Board through this period of transition. It is a privilege to serve this organization in this capacity.”
– Ligaya Byrch, Community Innovator & Entrepreneur.

Greenhaven will take the next few months to build an assessment and analysis of the organization today and where it needs to go.

“The Board realized that we need to take the time and pause and determine the right next steps. After having a Director in the role for over 30 years, there was a need to understand where the organization will go next. We thank the women we serve, and the community for their patience and continued support. We will continue to communicate changes and growth at Greenhaven.” Cheryl Harrison, Board Chair.

For more information please contact:
Ligaya Byrch, ligayabyrch@hotmail.com or 705-619-2400