The Revelstoke Women's Shelter's Moving Forward program offers women opportunities to learn and develop a variety of essential life skills in a friendly space where they can build healthy relationships and create communities of care.


A healing voyage of discovery

Holistic healing

The Moving Forward program is part of the Revelstoke Women’s Shelter Society’s wrap-around service. It offers traditional and holistic support and mentoring to women who are transitioning from an abusive and/or isolated environment to building an empowered and healthy life. Staff assist clients to address social determinants of health by securing appropriate housing, providing transportation to appointments, and coordinating with a variety of community service providers (substance use and mental health counsellors; legal, medical, educational and early childhood supports; advocacy; employment services).

Moving Forward hosts weekly programs that are lead through structured instructional workshops, group support, informational sessions and mentoring. All programs are open to in-house clients and, through referrals, for outreach clients.

Moving Forward is funded solely through grants and donations. Please contact us directly if you would like to attend one of our outreach programs or in need of services.

Reaching out with yoga

Trauma Informed Yoga Practice

This five-year research project is bringing trauma-informed yoga to women, children and youth who have experienced violence and are using transition or second stage housing services in BC, as well as to those who support them. Yoga teachers from the community of Revelstoke are trained in trauma-informed yoga in order to teach these classes.

This is a collaborative project between the BC Society of Transition Houses and Yoga Outreach, a non-profit organization bringing together volunteer yoga teachers with community and social service organizations, to provide mindfulness-based, trauma-informed yoga programming to adults and youth in these facilities.

Healing through creativity

Art as therapy

Our art program provides women with a safe space to socialize, explore their creativity, and build confidence as they build their artistic skills. The Shelter’s art program provides women with instruction and support, primarily in watercolour painting, for two hours every week. 

This program fills a gap in our community by providing a safe space for women to build relationships and their social and artistic confidence. Some women in our community express themselves through art but do not feel confident participating in more public groups. For these women, we can be a bridge to other artistic groups and galleries in our community.

Power of Play

Music and Community

Our music program provides an enjoyable space for women to sing and learn to play various instruments.  Our program provides women with a safe space to socialize, explore music, and build confidence as they build their musical skills. The women who choose to play an instrument learn basic music theory that helps them play songs on their own.

Mentoring and Support 24/7

Wrap around care

We recognize that women leaving the transition house benefitted from support and mentorship to create and sustain a healthy living environment for themselves and their children. Through this program they can continue to receive support services, advocacy and transportation when necessary. Feeling isolated or in need of support? Contact us anytime — our door is always open.

Connect

The Power of Vulnerability. Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love.

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