S.H.A.D.E. (Safe Housing and Directed Empowerment) Inc. (SHADE) is a registered charity in Winnipeg, Manitoba with a goal of providing second stage housing for immigrant and refugee women and their children who have been impacted by domestic abuse/family violence. 

* Second stage housing programs provide housing and supports for women who have left abusive relationships as they make plans for independent living.


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  • Immigrant women and their children impacted by domestic abuse/family violence need a SAFE place to go - a place where they can work toward healing and rebuilding their lives. Without safe housing and the necessary ongoing support services, immigrant women, committed to leaving domestic abuse/ family violence are at risk of returning to abusive situations. 


  • Currently, as we work toward having our own safe housing facility, we provide referrals and advocacy that is helping women move into secure, safe accommodations throughout Winnipeg.”


  • SHADE provides supportive, and culturally sensitive counselling to immigrant women. as a means to facilitate stability. ​


  • In addition to psychosocial support, many immigrant women and children leaving traumatic situations need practical support services, such as: 

    • English as an Additional Language classes;

    • Employment counselling;

    • Health care;

    • Financial assistance;

    • Legal assistance;

    • Housing subsidy assistance;

    • Directed empowerment;

    • and many others. 


  • SHADE provides support services internally in addition to providing referrals to other community services. 

We are currently working to secure a safe location for SHADE - a place where we can provide the second stage housing and programming model we envision. There is an urgent need for SHADE, and we hope our doors will open soon. 


.ORG Impact Awards

We would like to share with you some amazing news:  Our Executive Director was judged as 1 of 5 finalists from 500 nominations in the Outstanding Volunteer category for the .ORG Impact Awards showcased on December 2, 2020.

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Breakfast Club of Canada

We are pleased to let you know that our executive director Sherrie Winstanley has received a Recognition Medal for her outstanding contributions in response to the COVID-19 crisis!

Sherrie has been recognized by the Breakfast Club of Canada and the Royal Canadian Mint for her efforts to make a real difference in her community. She was able to help 17 adults, 10 children, and 2 infants by providing them with care packages during the first COVID-19 lockdown.

SHADE cares about you. There is help for you and your children.  If you are experiencing any form of abuse or violence in your home, please call one of the places listed below.  


If you are in danger call 9-1-1.


If you are in crisis, Domestic Violence Crisis Line (24/7):

call Toll free: 1-877-977-0007


Help Lines:

Willow Place: Phone 204-615-0311

ChezRachel: Phone 204-925-2550


Bravestone Centre: Phone 204-275-2600

Alpha House: Phone 204-982-2011

Nova House 24 hour Toll-Free Crisis Line: Phone 1-877-977-0007


Delete your call from your cell phone after you have spoken with a counsellor.  


Your information is kept confidential.  


SHADE is open to help women and their children impacted by domestic abuse/ family violence.  Referrals from other organizations as well as self-referrals are welcome.