Imagine moving to a new country, where you know no one. You can’t speak the language, so it’s difficult to find a job, and you don’t know where you can live.
This is a scenario being lived by many people in Winnipeg, including many women.
In response to this need, Holy Names House of Peace provides a safe home for women in transition, allowing the opportunity to improve their language skills, find employment, or gain further education.
It provides a family-like atmosphere for women who are new to the country or have suffered abuse and need a safe place to stay.
One woman from Nigeria stayed at the House of Peace. She got her first job – minimum wage – to support herself, said Sister Lesley, who has led the project for years.
“She came back and gave us $100 from her very first check,” she said.
At the open house on June 20, visitors were invited to watch a short video detailing the history of the House of Peace. Several women told stories of their experience living in the residence.
One woman moved to Winnipeg, knowing no one. Another had family in the city but was abused. Both found refuge at the House of Peace and the latter is studying to become a counselor, to give a voice to others facing abuse.
These photos are from the official open house on June 20, 2012.
After extensive renovations, there are now more rooms to accommodate additional residents, a beautiful dining room, spacious kitchen, and lovely shared living spaces.