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Optimism Place Women's Shelter and Support Services is a Perth County shelter for women who are suffering abuse of any kind: physical, sexual, emotional or mental. Located in Stratford, it serves as a refuge for women and their children seeking to escape violence and abuse, where they can obtain professional help in a secure and confidential setting.

Optimism Place offers a wide range of supports to help women and children overcome the damaging effects of abuse, including housing, counselling and a crisis hotline. Through group and individual programs, we help rebuild lives in a supportive, caring environment.

All women are welcome, regardless of financial or other considerations. We are here to help you. Optimism Place is committed to ending the cycle of abuse and violence by raising awareness through prevention, intervention and education.

Open House for Anne McDonnell

As a founding board member of Optimism Place Women’s Shelter and Support Services and Executive Director for 23 years the time has come to celebrate Anne’s commitment and dedication to women, the shelter and our community. On behalf of the Board and Staff of Optimism Place we are delighted to invite you to drop in and say hello to Anne and wish her the best. Refreshments will be served. Please join us December 29th, 3:00pm-6:00pm at Christian Reformed Church, 190 Athlone Crescent, Stratford. Presentations will commence at 3:30pm. At Anne’s request in lieu of gifts please consider donating a non-perishable food item to Optimism Place. 

Optimism Place ~ Women's Shelter and Support Services in Stratford

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