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24-Hour Emergency Shelters

Embrave admits survivors and their dependents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If a person is not safe and the shelter is full, staff will provide shelter until an alternative safe space is found.

If a person determines that they do meet eligibility criteria after staff have fully explored their situation, Embrave will provide alternative shelter, services and supports. To ensure its ability to do this, Embrave will maintain up-to-date information on local service providers.

The following persons are eligible to receive shelter services:

  • All women and two-spirit, genderqueer, trans and non-binary people who are 16 years of age and older, with or without dependents, and who have experienced, are currently experiencing, or are at risk of experiencing any form of violence;
  • People waiting to provide testimony at a court proceeding relating to a sexual assault;
  • Dependents, including children and family members, in the care of a person seeking shelter services, including cis-male dependent(s) up to and including 18 years of age. If a cis-male dependent is older than 18, consultation with the Program Manager will occur prior to intake;
  • Services can be provided to people regardless of their geographical location.

Have questions?

Call us at 905-403-0864 or 1-855-676-8515.

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Virtual Tour

  • North Shelter
  • South Shelter
COUNSELLING ROOM
GROUP ROOM
YOUTH ROOM
BEDROOM
LAUNDRY ROOM
CHILD AND YOUTH ROOM
LIVING ROOM
DINING ROOM
KITCHEN
ENTRANCE
BACKYARD

Counselling Room

At Embrave we believe you, we support you, and we are here for you.

Our counselling rooms are a safe space for you to speak your truth, where you will always be believed, supported, and validated.

The violence you have experienced is never your fault.

You can feel safe here.

Group Room

At Embrave we believe you, we support you, and we are here for you.

Our group rooms are a safe space for you to share your experiences with others who may have faced similar situations.

You are safe here.

Youth Room

Our Youth Room is a great space for teens and tweens to connect.

Youth living at Embrave can visit our Youth Room any time they’d like time to hang out together in their own space.

Bedroom

Individuals without children will share a room with other survivors. Individuals staying at Embrave with children will stay in private rooms with their children.

Laundry Room

While living at Embrave you will have full access to our laundry facilities.

Child and Youth Room

These spaces are the main hub of children’s activities at Embrave.

These rooms are fully appointed with areas for dramatic play, tactile and sensory stimulation, art, homework, and quiet time.

This is where our dedicated Child and Youth Workers provide childcare, facilitate homework clubs, and engage children residing at the shelter in educational activities and free play.

Living Room

We do our best at Embrave to foster an atmosphere that is warm, comfortable, and inviting.

When asked to describe the shelter environment, we like to say that it is very much like a large home.

Our centrally located living areas are spaces where you can relax, unwind, and create positive memories.

Embrave’s living rooms are outfitted with televisions and comfortable seating.

This is a safe space where residents gather to kick off their shoes in front of late-night movies, and chat in front of the tv while children play at their feet.

It is also the perfect spot to curl up with a book.

If only for a short time, it will be home.

Dining Room

In our dining areas, survivors gather to share stories and laughter over delicious homecooked meals at the dinner table.

Pull up a chair- you’re always welcome at our dinner table!

A child who stayed at Embrave shared with us a story that we would like to take a moment to share with you.  The child loved to bake his favourite cinnamon buns with his mommy. The fragrance of warm cinnamon filled the kitchen.  He shared these special treats with the other children staying at Embrave during one of the child and youth groups.

We will check out a special place just for the children at Embrave soon!

Kitchen

Welcome to the kitchen! The kitchen is the heart of Embrave, as it is a place where survivors gather, connect, and support one another over shared experiences.

Every year we serve over 600 meals to survivors who call Embrave their home while escaping violence in their lives.

Our communal kitchens are open 24-hours a day and are fully stocked with staple food items, snacks, and beverages for survivors.

Each kitchen is equipped with a pantry for families to access an abundance of food options in addition to a full dinner that is prepared for you by staff who work at Embrave.

While you’re staying with us, you’re welcome to make yourself at home in the kitchen- whether putting together a quick sandwich or baking cookies if you have children.

Front Yard

Entrance

Welcome to Embrave Agency to End Violence! We want you- and everyone who walks through our doors- to know that we see you, we believe you, and we are here to support you. 

We are an anti-violence organization providing shelter, counselling and advocacy supports for women, Two-Spirit, gender queer, trans and non-binary folks and their children experiencing any form of violence in the Region of Peel and beyond.

Embrave is a low barrier organization, and we are committed to ending gender-based violence by naming and addressing the barriers facing folks who have experienced violence.

We provide crisis intervention as well as a range of supports and services.

Our programs include:

  • 24-Hour Emergency Shelters
  • 24-Hour Crisis Support Lines
  • Community Support and Outreach Program supports survivors living in the community who have or are experiencing violence
  • Central Intake Line provides coordinated access to Transitional Housing Supports in Peel Region
  • Sexual Violence Counselling Support Program
  • ‘On Our Own’ Peer Support Program
  • Public Education Program
  • Lead Agency for the Peel Committee Against Women Abuse

Embrave’s definition of gender based violence includes; intimate partner violence; sexual assault; sexual harassment; cyber violence; physical, emotional and financial violence; stalking; structural and systemic violence such as racism, colonialism, classism, transphobia, homophobia, sanism, islamophobia, nationalism and ableism.

Embrave works within a feminist, anti-oppressive, anti-racist, disability justice, sex work positive and harm reduction framework.

Embrave works from a disability justice framework. This means that we provide services that are accessibility to folks with disabilities. The shelter is wheelchair accessible, has assistive devices  for those who are deaf or hard of hearing and provides ASL interpretation. Your attendant supports can be brought into Embrave.  We are committed to creating an accessible space for all.

Now that I’ve told you a bit about our organization, I can’t wait to show you around! Let’s go! We welcome you to your new temporary home!

Backyard

Welcome to the backyard!

This is a beautiful space where both survivors and children can enjoy the outdoors.

The backyard is equipped with play structures for the children, a deck and seating areas for survivors, and ample space for free play or to find some quiet time alone.

It is also where we host outdoor programming like support groups for survivors, weather permitting.

COUNSELLING ROOM
GROUP ROOM
YOUTH ROOM
BEDROOM
LAUNDRY ROOM
CHILD AND YOUTH ROOM
LIVING ROOM
DINING ROOM
KITCHEN
ENTRANCE
BACKYARD

Counselling Room

At Embrave we believe you, we support you, and we are here for you.

Our counselling rooms are a safe space for you to speak your truth, where you will always be believed, supported, and validated.

The violence you have experienced is never your fault.

You can feel safe here.

Group Room

At Embrave we believe you, we support you, and we are here for you.

Our group rooms are a safe space for you to share your experiences with others who may have faced similar situations.

You are safe here.

Youth Room

Our Youth Room is a great space for teens and tweens to connect.

Youth living at Embrave can visit our Youth Room any time they’d like time to hang out together in their own space.

Bedroom

Individuals without children will share a room with other survivors. Individuals staying at Embrave with children will stay in private rooms with their children.

Laundry Room

While living at Embrave you will have full access to our laundry facilities.

Child and Youth Room

These spaces are the main hub of children’s activities at Embrave.

These rooms are fully appointed with areas for dramatic play, tactile and sensory stimulation, art, homework, and quiet time.

This is where our dedicated Child and Youth Workers provide childcare, facilitate homework clubs, and engage children residing at the shelter in educational activities and free play.

Living Room

We do our best at Embrave to foster an atmosphere that is warm, comfortable, and inviting.

When asked to describe the shelter environment, we like to say that it is very much like a large home.

Our centrally located living areas are spaces where you can relax, unwind, and create positive memories.

Embrave’s living rooms are outfitted with televisions and comfortable seating.

This is a safe space where residents gather to kick off their shoes in front of late-night movies, and chat in front of the tv while children play at their feet.

It is also the perfect spot to curl up with a book.

If only for a short time, it will be home.

Dining Room

In our dining areas, survivors gather to share stories and laughter over delicious homecooked meals at the dinner table.

Pull up a chair- you’re always welcome at our dinner table!

A child who stayed at Embrave shared with us a story that we would like to take a moment to share with you.  The child loved to bake his favourite cinnamon buns with his mommy. The fragrance of warm cinnamon filled the kitchen. He shared these special treats with the other children staying at Embrave during one of the child and youth groups.

We will check out a special place just for the children at Embrave soon!

Kitchen

Welcome to the kitchen! The kitchen is the heart of Embrave, as it is a place where survivors gather, connect, and support one another over shared experiences.

Every year we serve over 600 meals to survivors who call Embrave their home while escaping violence in their lives.

Our communal kitchens are open 24-hours a day and are fully stocked with staple food items, snacks, and beverages for survivors.

Each kitchen is equipped with a pantry for families to access an abundance of food options in addition to a full dinner that is prepared for you by staff who work at Embrave.

While you’re staying with us, you’re welcome to make yourself at home in the kitchen- whether putting together a quick sandwich or baking cookies if you have children.

Front Yard

Entrance

Welcome to Embrave Agency to End Violence! We want you- and everyone who walks through our doors- to know that we see you, we believe you, and we are here to support you.

We are an anti-violence organization providing shelter, counselling and advocacy supports for women, Two-Spirit, gender queer, trans and non-binary folks and their children experiencing any form of violence in the Region of Peel and beyond.

Embrave is a low barrier organization, and we are committed to ending gender-based violence by naming and addressing the barriers facing folks who have experienced violence.

We provide crisis intervention as well as a range of supports and services.

Our programs include:

  • 24-Hour Emergency Shelters
  • 24-Hour Crisis Support Lines
  • Community Support and Outreach Program supports survivors living in the community who have or are experiencing violence
  • Central Intake Line provides coordinated access to Transitional Housing Supports in Peel Region
  • Sexual Violence Counselling Support Program
  • ‘On Our Own’ Peer Support Program
  • Public Education Program
  • Lead Agency for the Peel Committee Against Women Abuse

Embrave’s definition of gender based violence includes; intimate partner violence; sexual assault; sexual harassment; cyber violence; physical, emotional and financial violence; stalking; structural and systemic violence such as racism, colonialism, classism, transphobia, homophobia, sanism, islamophobia, nationalism and ableism.

Embrave works within a feminist, anti-oppressive, anti-racist, disability justice, sex work positive, and harm reduction framework.

Embrave works from a disability justice framework. This means that we provide services that are accessibility to folks with disabilities. The shelter has assistive devices for those who are deaf or hard of hearing and provides ASL interpretation. Your attendant supports can be brought into Embrave. We are committed to creating an accessible space for all.

Now that I’ve told you a bit about our organization, I can’t wait to show you around! Let’s go! We welcome you to your new temporary home!

Backyard

Welcome to the backyard!

This is a beautiful space where both survivors and children can enjoy the outdoors.

The backyard is equipped with play structures for the children, a deck and seating areas for survivors, and ample space for free play or to find some quiet time alone.

It is also where we host outdoor programming like support groups for survivors, weather permitting.

“They help reintroduce you to the world, to move on and better yourself.”

Magda, former resident

“I came in a victim and now I’m a survivor.”

Sophie, former resident

This Virtual Shelter Tour is supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and United Way Greater Toronto.