Restorations was founded in 2013 by a group of women that got together to discuss and address the issue of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitaiton happening in their local communities.
In 2015, Restorations was granted charitable status in Canada and established some key partnerships that would help to see the vision of long-term care come to fruition. Survivor consultation played a key role in refining the details of Restorations intended programming.
In 2019 a home was provided to our organization that would later become "Nancy's House" the first of its kind second-stage long-term transitional home for survivors of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation in Hamilton/Halton. This home is addressing a huge gap and clear need for survivors. Long-term safe housing is so important to a survivors healing process and provides a bridge between first stage emergency shelters/short-term safe houses that address immediate need and risk and third stage independent living. It is a critical and essential form of housing that is often overlooked, underfunded and in low supply.
Led by Shane Renovations the entire house was renovated nto a bright and modern 3-bedroom residential home with office space for staff. Thanks to an incredible outpouring of support from volunteers, local trades, and businesses' the home was renovated and furnished by the end of 2020, despite a global pandemic. In 2021 Cedar Springs took on the landscaping side of the project and has created a beautiful and welcoming space with outdoor patio and fire pit for our future residents to enjoy. We are very proud of this home and the care that was put into every step of its transformation.
Utilizing a survivor-focused, trauma informed and strengths-based approach survivors will lead their healing process as our team walks alongside them in that journey. With access to specialized programs and services, individualized and holistic care, wrap-around services and a sense of belonging and community amongst other survivors, this home will provide a safe and supportive space for residents to heal, reclaim and restore.
Restorations is thankful for the support of the community but has one final road to cross before opening its doors this October. Funding has for a long-time been a barrier for housing services like ours. Restorations will need to hire a dedicated and exceptional team of transitional housing professionals and case workers with experience and that is what we are hoping to achieve with this fundraising campaign. All funds raised here will go towards the cost of staffing dollars for two years. This will provide our organization and our residents with the certainly and relief needed to run our program without fear of funds drying out.
Our goal is to raise these funds and open the home finally this October 2021.
On behalf of the entire team at Restorations Second Stage Homes we want to thank everyone who has supported our organization through the many years. It has been a journey and we are excited to begin the next chapter.
UPDATES WILL BE POSTED HERE AS WE REACH OUR GOAL!