The Right to Heal

She arrived in the middle of the night, escorted by an RCMP officer; her young son tightly gripping her hand. The language barrier was immense, but the fear and hopelessness in her eyes was something that transcended languages. Through the help of a translator they were able to hear her story, one that has become all too familiar to the staff of the Odyssey House. She was a woman, trapped in a volatile relationship, who needed help to break the cycle.

Since 1979, women in crisis have arrived at Odyssey house searching for support. Odyssey House and its staff are always there to greet them with a warm smile, a compassionate ear, and hope for the future. Through grants from the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta the Odyssey house is able to offer these women a safe environment to begin assembling a life free from abuse.

Since 1979, women in crisis have arrived at Odyssey house searching for support. Odyssey House and its staff are always there to greet them with a warm smile, a compassionate ear, and hope for the future. Through grants from the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta the Odyssey house is able to offer these women a safe environment to begin assembling a life free from abuse.

For many years the Community Foundation has provided the Odyssey House with funding required to run programs and provide services to better the lives of the women and children who reach out to them for assistance.
By assisting a population of our community that is in need, the Community Foundation in partnership with the Odyssey house is providing brighter futures to women and children which in turn creates a brighter future for our community.

"It is a safe place for women and children to begin to heal. We aim to make these women successful, and success can mean a lot of things" says Marsha; the Acting Executive Director of the Odyssey House.

"Sometimes it is living independently, sometimes it is returning to school, and sometimes it is leaving the area completely. Regardless of what they need, or how many times they return, we are here to offer support, and be their voice when they feel voiceless."

Freedom from abuse is a long road, and for many a few weeks in a shelter is simply not enough time to build the foundations of an independent life. Because of the overwhelming need for continued support the Odyssey house is currently working on construction of a 14 Unit apartment building where women in need can live safely and independently for an extended period of time.

As she prepared to board the bus on her way to a new life, her young son gripped her hand. She offered her thanks, in English to the staff member present. With their help she was able to gain the independence she had been searching for. The fear and hopelessness had disappeared from her eyes, and was replaced with hope that transcended languages.

This is another example of why the Community Foundation's Impact Grants are important to our community. Organizations like Odyssey House are on the ground' making a difference in our community.

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