For nearly 25 years, Forsythe House, established by the Revelstoke Women's Shelter Society, has served as a place of refuge and support for women and their children at risk of all forms of abuse.

What to Expect

Forsythe House Facilities

If you are a woman who is fleeing abuse and are in need of a place to stay, support, advocacy or referrals our shelter provides a 24-hour staffed home with a 30–45 day stay for you and your children. 

The house is alarmed and inside you will find a stocked kitchen, common rooms, four shared bedrooms, two bathrooms and laundry facilities. The backyard has a privacy fence and is equipped with a playground and a quiet space for contemplation.

We ensure everyone’s safety with an 11 p.m. curfew, zero tolerance for drug and alcohol use, mandatory bag checks and lock up of medications and sharp objects such as razors. Bedrooms have their own locks to ensure privacy and safety. We ask that if you have pets to have a safe plan for them as the shelter does not accept animals.

 

Mission

The Revelstoke Women’s Shelter Society exists to offer support, assistance, information and referrals in a courteous and compassionate manner that respects the dignity, privacy, culture and diversity of women and children who are victims of abuse.

Mandate

The Society established Forsythe House as a safe home to provide women and children in our community with temporary shelter. The Board of Directors and staff of the Society work in a non-judgemental manner to support women and their children while exploring their options.

Vision

The Revelstoke Women's Shelter envisions a community where women and children:

Are safe
Experience freedom from abuse
Are heard
Are treated with respect, dignity and equality
Have control over their own lives
Have access to services that will empower them

Policy

Let us better serve you

For your safety, and the health of the organization as a whole, the Revelstoke Women’s Shelter adheres to strict personal safety and confidentiality rules.

Upon admittance you will go through an informal intake screening. Once determined you fit the mission and mandate of the Shelter you will be expected to review and acknowledge the following policies and consent forms. These forms are created to help us serve you better.

  • Zero tolerance policy – no exceptions
  • Confidential intake forms
  • Confidentiality and safety forms

Summary of services

What we offer

  • Individual counselling and support
  • Child counselling or support
  • Childminding
  • Parenting/Support information
  • Aboriginal services (transportation, advocacy, accompaniment)
  • Referrals
  • Ongoing support and mentorship
  • Outreach services

Client Testimonial

"I had a wonderful time at the Forsythe House. Although I was going through a lot of emotional turmoil from events happening with my husband, I felt I was cared for in every way I needed. All the staff were understanding and caring for my emotional state, offering any type of support I needed. The house was full of healthy and educational activities for both my children. I couldn't have gotten to a place of being 'okay' with where I am at in life if it weren't for the wonderful staff who work at the Shelter. My heart is full of love and gratitude to you all. Thank you!"