Message from Executive Director Debbie Scarborough
The South Okanagan Women in Need Society (SOWINS) was created in 1981 to serve women and their families in the South Okanagan. Fast forward, 37 years to 2018: We continue to serve the community with programs that are growing and evolving as community needs change.
Some of our highlights from 2017:
• more than 4,500 bed stays in our Transition House for women, youth and children
• there were more than 1,400 crisis calls answered
• more than 500 counselling sessions were provided to help children who have witnessed or experienced abuse
• over 850 counselling sessions were provided to the women we serve
Beyond numbers, SOWINS is helping to shape our community for the better as we work with other community agencies to end violence and abuse in the South Okanagan. Part of that work includes expanding our skilled team to include additional Clinical Counsellors in order to support, inform and prevent further abuse and violence. SOWINS has recently added two new programs: Community Based Victim Services team which provides information, support and referral services to members of the community who have experienced violence and abuse who may be going through the court system, and Stopping the Violence program which provides counselling and support to those working to overcome the impacts of abuse and violence.
All of this is possible with support from the community.
Together we are helping to stop the cycle of violence in the South Okanagan.
With Gratitude, Debbie