Our mission is to provide housing and support for pregnant women and youth experiencing or at risk of homelessness, and empower them to move out of violence, out of vulnerability, and into a life of self-worth and good health.
At Emma House, expectant mothers are welcomed into a safe, supportive, loving, family-like environment – one in which they encouraged to make the most of their present and to plan for the future. Each woman receives her own bedroom, case management support, access to nutritional meals, security, and 24/hour trauma-informed care. We also offer individualized and person-centered life skills programming for each resident with the aim of equipping them with the resources and capabilities needed to turn vulnerability into resilience and build sustainable futures for themselves and their new babies.
In 1992 Emma House welcomed its first resident in a rented church manse. Initiated by two police officers and a group of individuals concerned about the lack of support and shelters available for pregnant women and youth facing homelessness. Emma House became the only shelter dedicated to reaching out to women/youth who were vulnerable to homelessness while pregnant.
In years since, Emma House has provided shelter and support to over 140 expectant mothers from across Canada; encouraging women/youth to build new lives away from violence, poverty, or addiction.
In response to a growing waiting list for long-term housing, Emma House has lengthened the stay for women/youth and newborn babies, allowing them to stay up until their baby is six months of age, while securing long term housing.