Empowering women to improve their quality of life through a program of individualized support and transitional housing.
In 2000, the year of jubilee, a group of people from various churches and community groups met to discuss a “Jubilee” project. The group felt that one of the most pressing needs within the community of Orillia was for transitional housing for homeless women and their children.
A complex problem
Many people don’t realize that homelessness is a problem here in Orillia. A study by The County of Simcoe found that, in 2009, 1,429 people accessed emergency shelter in Simcoe County alone. It is very difficult to have accurate counts of homeless people but in 2008, there were at least 7,500 homeless people in Simcoe County.
Homeless and near homeless people struggle with many issues and barriers including lack of education, lack of access to health care, mental health issues particularly depression and anxiety, lack of affordable housing, transportation issues and so much more. Learn more