Beendigen is continuing to operate by providing shelter, telephone counselling, and crisis support. Our women’s shelter is currently open with protocols in place to protect all individuals who are staying or working there. We have taken necessary precautions to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus by restricting access to the shelter of all non-essential workers, visitors and contractors, practicing social distancing and proper hygiene, and have increased cleaning and disinfection processes in the shelter. We have asked residents to socially isolate by remaining at the shelter at all times except for emergencies.
Social isolation is important in preventing the spread of COVID-19 but the stress of decreased community activities along with work lay-offs and having to stay at home can escalate anxiety and lead to increases in domestic violence. During this challenging time, it is important that we continue to provide services and support. Though we have limited space and resources we want women to reach out for help. Call our 24/7 Crisis Line at 346-HELP or Toll-free at 1-888-200-9997. We can provide support, referrals and safety planning.