The History of the Medicine Hat Women's Shelter

1979

  • Representatives from helping agencies, professionals, businesses and concerned citizens come together to form a Task Force for Women in Crisis under the auspices of the Community Resources Center.
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1980

  • Medicine Hat Women's Shelter Society is incorporated.
  • First annual general meeting is held.

1981

  • Funding is approved for an emergency shelter.
  • Executive Director is hired.

1982

  • Medicine Hat Women's Shelter opens its doors.

1996

  • Need for a larger shelter is recognized and plans begin.

1998

  • Construction of new emergency shelter begins.

1999

  • Phoenix Safe House officially opens in new facility.

2003

  • The need for a second stage shelter is recognized and plans begin.

2006

  • Musasa House, second stage facility opens its doors.

2007

  • Phoenix Safe House increases capacity from 11 to 18 beds.
  • Official Grand Opening ceremonies for Musasa House.

2008

  • Phoenix Safe House increases capacity from 18 to 24 beds.
  • MHWSS begins delivery of Housing First services to homeless survivors of family violence.