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We like to joke that Dawn House Emergency Shelter is now homeless and we will be couch surfing at Queen's University until August 20, 2024!


In all seriousness, our West Wing at our 805 Ridley Drive location is about to get a facelift starting next week and we are in the process this week of moving women to our temporary location at Queen's University.  For the next four months, we will be renting rooms in Leggett Hall.  The move will not be without its challenges, but we are ready to take them on in order to continue to provide emergency shelter through this transition period.


Challenge - How will women and agencies contact us when they are looking for a bed?


The Shelter will be occupying a wing in Leggett Hall, a secure building, and it is not conducive to women who are homeless just dropping by to see if there is a bed available.  Women and agencies will need to call to reserve a bed.


While at this location, we will be reliant on mobile phones.  If you encounter a technical issue getting in touch by phone, please email:  info@dawnhouse.ca 


These are the two phones that will be onsite:

  • 613-929-3440

  • 613-929-0071

Challenge - How Will Donors Drop off Needed Items?


While we are in our temporary location, donations of clothing and household items will be managed at our Milford Drive and Ridley East (Christine's Hope) locations.  If you have items to donate, please check our website for an updated list of what items we are looking for.


We would like to thank Queen's University Event Services for so kindly offering us an amazing temporary home while we wait for our 'forever home.'



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We tried sharing this post on Facebook today in preparation for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, 2023. Unfortunately, due to the Facebook news bans in Canada, it couldn't be shared. We're problem solvers here at Dawn House, so we're sharing our message here instead.


You may have noticed that we changed our Facebook page’s banner and that the banner holds 3 icons:

👉The eagle to represent First Nations

👉The narwhal to represent Inuit

👉The beaded flower to represent Métis

In preparation for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation tomorrow, we pause to reflect on the path towards reconciliation. Below you will find a variety of resources that we encourage you to review and take some time to reflect.


We invite you to engage with these resources to learn and grow together:

Support organizations making a difference:

Educate yourself with these references:

Reach out for support:

  • The National Residential School Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419

  • The Hope for Wellness Help Line: 1-855-242-3310 or online chat.

  • Talk4Healing: 1-855-554-HEAL (4325) for Indigenous women in Ontario.

Join us in our commitment to truth and reconciliation.


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