West Niagara Second Stage Housing & Counselling began in 1996 by a group of local women. Among them were doctors, nurses and teachers that identified a need in the community for services to help abused women.
In 1998, an apartment was acquired and the first employee Debbie was hired, now retired in 2011. Within a year, as awareness of the services were advertised, the demand increased, and three more apartments were acquired. Debbie along with the Board of Directors continued serving many women and in 2005,funding was acquired to hire a Transitional Support Worker.
Today, the organization has 4 part-time employees, along with the 4 apartments, and must continue to grow as the awareness of our organization expands and more women are seeking help in our community.
West Niagara Second Stage Housing & Counselling helps women in the area of Grimsby, Lincoln & West Lincoln, in their journey to a violence free life, advocating for survivors in many forms, to ensure their basic human rights.
West Niagara Second Stage assist with safety planning, counselling, legal advocacy, affordable housing and most importantly we are here to listen and support.
Our sensitive and understanding staff, work closely with the clients to reach their goals, manage life with the struggles of financial hardship and move beyond the negative effects of abuse on themselves and their children.
Last year, WNSS had 130 women walk through their doors.