Currently, donations outside of the items listed below are paused at this time as we are relocating our current SOFIA House locations.

Currently accepting the following donations:

● Small appliances (coffee pots, toasters, blenders, kettles, air fryers, etc.)

● Kitchen linen (kitchen towels, rags, clothes, sponges, oven mitts, drying pads, etc.)

● Kitchen items (dishware, cups, utensils, silverware, mixing bowls, can openers, measuring cups, Tupperware (with lids), kitchen knife sets, juice jugs, etc.)

● Bathroom items (bath towels, face cloths, shower curtains, bath matts, etc.)

● Household decor (wall art, family photo frames, candles, lamps, etc.)

● Organizing bins

● Laundry baskets

● Garbage cans (clean/new)

● Sheet sets, and comforters

 

Heavily requested, or needed grocery donations:

● bulk vegetables (carrots, celery, onions, potatoes, bell peppers, romaine/lettuce)

● bulk frozen protein (ground beef, chicken breasts/drumsticks, pork chops, burgers, hot

dogs, hams, rotistory chickens, etc.)

● sandwich meat

● milk

● yogurt cups

● toilet paper

● garbage bags

● laundry pods

● dish pods

● cheese

● lunch snacks

Ways to support:

● Food donations

● Household donations

● Gift card donations ($10.00-$25.00 cards; WalMart, Shoppers Drug Mart, Super Store,

Save On Foods, etc.)

For more information, or direct inquiries contact manager@sofiahouse.ca

Mitigating Public Policy Deficits to Enhance Safety for Survivors

As the fight against gender-based violence (GBV) continues across Canada, a pressing issue emerges in Saskatchewan, which harbors the highest rates of GBV among the provinces. The gravity of the matter deepens when considering the northern regions of Saskatchewan, which surpass all of Canada in GBV rates, including territories.

The Dire State of Gender-Based Violence in Saskatchewan

GBV is a menace that affects women of all backgrounds, ages, racializations, abilities, and classes. Saskatchewan’s rates of GBV are staggering, doubling the national rate. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, these rates escalated, adding another layer of complexity to an already dire situation. The isolation and restrictions due to the pandemic made accessing resources even more challenging for survivors, intensifying the urgency for comprehensive solutions.

The Critical Role of Second-Stage Housing

One potential lifeline for GBV survivors is second-stage housing. This form of housing bridges the gap between emergency shelters and a life of independence. It provides survivors a safe environment to start over, free from violence. Unfortunately, Saskatchewan lagged in providing public funding for these essential shelters until a landmark decision in April 2023. Still, there is a considerable journey ahead in ensuring equitable and sufficient resources for survivors across the province.

The Research and Its Findings

In a collaborative initiative, SOFIA House, PATHS, and the University of Regina undertook a project to understand the depth of GBV in Saskatchewan and the potential of second-stage housing as a solution. The findings were eye-opening:

  • Indigenous women and those living in the north are especially vulnerable to GBV.
  • The response to GBV varies across Canada, highlighting the need for a consistent approach.
  • Funding disparities in second-stage housing services across the nation are glaring.
  • GBV’s connection to women’s homelessness underscores the importance of housing in mitigating GBV effects.

SOFIA House: Leading the Way

SOFIA House, symbolizing “wisdom,” has been at the forefront of the second-stage housing movement in Saskatchewan since 1988. It stands as an emblem of hope and healing for countless women and children seeking refuge from GBV. The services they offer, ranging from trauma healing to helping families regain independence, are pivotal in the journey of many survivors.

View the Research & Evidence