24-Hour Crisis Support
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Our client advocates provide emotional support, practical advice and referrals. Your conversations with our client advocates are confidential and secure.
We can help you:
- Talk about about how you’re feeling
- Create a safety plan to reduce your risk of harm
- Get you the services you need for support
Inasmuch House is a shelter for women-identified and non-binary people with or without children in their care who are experiencing abuse and/or homelessness.
We give women, non-binary people, and children who have experienced violence and abuse a safe place to stay while they rebuild their lives and return to the community. Our goal isn’t just to house women, non-binary people, and children, but to help them regain the confidence and strength to live a healthy and independent life again.
Women, non-binary people, and their children can leave an abusive situation and find safe, free accommodation. While at Inasmuch House, they have access to meals, clothing, laundry, and other personal supports. While residing at Inasmuch House, clients will have support from a Residential Client Advocate to assist in goal-setting, accessing resources, and connecting with community agencies.
Residential Client Advocates provide emotional support, practical advice, and community referrals.
Child and Youth Workers
While staying Inasmuch House, mothers/caregivers, children, and youth can access support from our knowledgeable and trained child and youth workers.
The Legal Advocate assists both residential and outreach clients identify, connect, and engage with legal services in the community. This program assists in navigating areas of family law, criminal law, and immigration law. Our Legal Advocate is not a lawyer or a paralegal, but provides education, support, advocacy, and legal appointment accompaniments with clients.
Clients that are unfamiliar with the Canadian legal context will be provided with accessible information, language interpretation, and assistance with navigating the various legal systems.
As an outreach program, you do not have to be residing in the shelter to receive this service. The Legal Advocate offers appointments by phone, email, or in person.
Transitional Housing Support Worker
The on-site Transitional Housing Support Workers assist women and non-binary people with finding and maintaining safe affordable housing, safety planning, risk management, applying for social housing, securing financial assistance, and connecting with other community services.
As an outreach program, clients do not have to be residing in the shelter to receive this service.
The Transitional Housing Support Workers offer appointments by phone, email, or in person.
Groups and One-to-One
LEAF Group Programming (Learning Effective Anti-Violence in Families) provides both residential and outreach clients a safe space to discuss abuse and violence in group family setting.
The LEAF program helps children and youth (ages 4-16) who have witnessed violence talk about their experience, provide abuse education and awareness, provide emotional support and offer early intervention to those who have been exposed to violence.
Mothers/caregivers are also encouraged to participate in programming to discuss safety plans, anger management, and how to recognize abuse.
Gender-Based Violence and Mental Health Counsellor
The Gender Based Violence/Mental Health (GBV/MH) Counsellor at Inasmuch House provides supportive counselling to residential and outreach clients that have experienced gender-based violence, and assist with mental health crisis’s within our residential programming.
The GBV/MH Counsellor works with both those residing in shelter, and outreach clients.
Appointments for counselling may be conducted over the phone or in person at this time.
In addition to our 24-hour crisis phone support, Text Inasmuch is a secure text and web-based service for women and non-binary people in Hamilton experiencing homelessness and abuse. Our client advocates provide emotional support, practical advice and referrals. Learn more here.
ALL services are free and confidential.
Hope House is a new transitional-housing program for Women’s Services as of April 2022. The program is for women who have experienced abuse. It provides safe affordable housing for up to one year. Women living in Hope House will receive support from a Transitional Housing Support Worker to assist with their housing plan and any other resources they may need. The majority of the women transitioning into Hope House will be coming from Inasmuch House and/or Emma’s Place.
All services are free and confidential.
Inasmuch House operates out of an anti-racist, anti-oppressive, intersectional feminist framework which is trauma-informed and client-centred.
Inasmuch House receives funding from the following partners: the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, Ontario Realtors Care Foundation, Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation (new bathrooms).
24-Hour Crisis Support
Frontline Staff: 905-529-8149
Residential Program Manager: 905-529-8149
Manager of Outreach and Shelter Operations: 905-529-8149
Director of Women’s Services: 905-529-8149