Title of Presentation

Keynote: Co-Sheltering Women and Pets: Lessons from the Front Line

Start Date

11-10-2018 12:30 PM

End Date

11-10-2018 1:30 PM

Abstract

Reducing a Barrier to Women Accessing Our "Violence Against Women" Shelter.

As the current Executive Director of one of the few battered women’s shelters in Canada that provides co-housing for abused women and their pets, Ms. MacKinnon will discuss practical strategies for the design and implementation of co-sheltering programs. Drawing on her experiences as a program administrator as well as feedback from women in the program, she will discuss both the successes and challenges of integrating services for women and their pets within residential facilities.

Co-Sheltering Women and Pets: Lessons from the Front Line

(Reducing A Barrier to Women Accessing Our “Violence Against Women” Shelter)

For the past three years, Bethesda House has officially welcomed pets into the shelter with their owners. Jaki’s talk covers their journey from making the decision to eliminate this barrier to women accessing their service, through the transition period of implementing the change, to their current ongoing learning stage where successes are exhilarating and challenges come in unexpected ways. Ultimately, management, frontline staff and clients agree the end result is worth the effort.

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Oct 11th, 12:30 PM Oct 11th, 1:30 PM

Keynote: Co-Sheltering Women and Pets: Lessons from the Front Line

Reducing a Barrier to Women Accessing Our "Violence Against Women" Shelter.

As the current Executive Director of one of the few battered women’s shelters in Canada that provides co-housing for abused women and their pets, Ms. MacKinnon will discuss practical strategies for the design and implementation of co-sheltering programs. Drawing on her experiences as a program administrator as well as feedback from women in the program, she will discuss both the successes and challenges of integrating services for women and their pets within residential facilities.

Co-Sheltering Women and Pets: Lessons from the Front Line

(Reducing A Barrier to Women Accessing Our “Violence Against Women” Shelter)

For the past three years, Bethesda House has officially welcomed pets into the shelter with their owners. Jaki’s talk covers their journey from making the decision to eliminate this barrier to women accessing their service, through the transition period of implementing the change, to their current ongoing learning stage where successes are exhilarating and challenges come in unexpected ways. Ultimately, management, frontline staff and clients agree the end result is worth the effort.