SOWINS – 40 years – Now More Than Ever.

2021 marks SOWINS 40th Anniversary of helping women and children in need in our communities. A year into the pandemic, we need your support now more than ever.

It began in 1981 with a group of women concerned for women in their own community – Women experiencing intimate partner violence. There was no safe refuge, no Emergency housing or Transition House for women and children. There was only the concern and generosity of volunteers as they began to open their homes to ensure safety of those that needed a place to go.
As the need has grown, so have The South Okanagan Women in Need Society.

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly amplified the risk to women and children. Opportunities to escape from abuse are more difficult to create due to a lack of resources; however, referrals and the need for care have increased by 20% in our community. 

We need your help.
Walk with us and/or donate today.

Virtual Walk is June 13, 2021

How it works:

1. Sign up

Accept the challenge and register yourself today. Get your very own fundraising page and start earning some awesome rewards.

2. Take the Challenge

Start your challenge and ask your friends to sponsor you or join a team. Share your progress on your blog. We're here to help you all of the way.

3. Make a Difference

The money you raise will help fund our work in our community. Share your impact with friends, and know that you're doing a world of good.

Other ways you can help:

  • Do not condone or commit acts of violence or abuse
  • If you see something, say something
  • During this difficult time be extra kind and patient with one another
  • If you or someone you know needs support, please share our information:
    Emergency Shelter & 24/7 Crisis Line: 250-493-7233
    Counselling: 250-493-4366 (Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:30pm)

Join the fight against violence and abuse. Take a stand and walk for awareness and change.


You Can Help

SOWINS relies in part on the generosity of people like you to help end the cycle of violence and abuse in the South Okanagan. Your contribution will make a difference in the life of a woman or child who has experienced or is at risk of violence and abuse.  Please give.

Need support?
Contact us

Counselling & Administration Office:
24 Hour Crisis Line & Emergency Shelter:

You Can help!

Become a Member

You can help by becoming a member of SOWINS. Members support us as we work to prevent abuse and increase awareness about the impacts of abuse, and strive to make our community a safer and healthier place for all. Membership is only $10 per year.

Become a Volunteer

Volunteering with SOWINS is a rewarding opportunity to make a direct, positive impact on the lives of women and children in the South Okanagan. We are on the lookout for community members in good standing who respect the confidential and sensitive nature of the work we do.

Host an Event

You can help SOWINS by hosting a fundraising event at your home, work, school or in the community. We call it third-party fundraising but you’ll feel like part of the SOWINS family. We have lots of ideas and some guidelines. Get inspired and check it out…

Get in touch


Monday – Friday: 9:00 – 4:30


SOWINS (South Okanagan Women in Need Society) #102-1027 Westminster Avenue West,
Penticton, B.C. V2A 1L4


Office: 250-493-4366
Crisis (24h): 1-800-814-2033

Making an Impact


Bed Stays for Women in 2019


Bed Stays for Children in 2019


PEACE Program Sessions in 2019


Crisis Calls Answered in 2019


Shelter at Capacity for these days in 2019


Women and Children Turned AWAY in 2019