Welcome to Optimism Place

Optimism Place is Perth County’s only women’s shelter. Since 1983, we’ve been a safe refuge for women and children experiencing domestic violence.


Optimism Place provides secure, protective housing for up to 8 weeks for women with or without children. We also offer a wide range of free and confidential support services and programs. We’re here to help women of every age, race, religion and income level. We understand what you’re going through and we want to help.


We will help you take the necessary steps towards rebuilding your life and creating a better future. If you have children, we can help them too. And remember, our support services are still available even if you’re not staying at the shelter.

End Violence Against Women

In 2020, there were 1,114 reports of domestic and sexual violence to police and women’s services in Perth County. Here at Optimism Place, we are committed to ending violence against women and children. It is our mission to support women and provide them shelter and confidential, non-judgemental services.

A photo of Optimism Place in the winter

Donate Today

Donations to Optimism Place make it possible for us to do the work that we do. Your donations have a direct impact on the lives of the women and children we serve in our community, and we’re grateful for your support. 

For a list of our needed items, please click below.