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We should never take our women’s shelter for granted. It’s needed as much as ever, despite the fact there’s a perception out there that we’ve won the battle, so to speak, and that abuse is no longer happening. This is not the case. Optimism Place is the only safe haven in the community and it’s providing services that are still very much needed – by both women and children. The shelter depends on public donations and for me it’s an extremely valuable and worthwhile place to put my charitable dollars.”
– JEAN HEWITT, donor, Stratford

The gift of a brighter future ...

All donations made in Perth County stay in Perth County.

At Optimism Place we depend on your generosity to help us maintain the shelter and keep our programs running. The women and children we serve need your help.

Donations help us fill the unique needs of each one of our women and children, to provide transportation, food and clothing, and to fill prescriptions. Visit our wish list for more ways to help.

We gratefully accept cheques, sponsorships, pledges, memorial gifts, and donations bequeathed through wills.

By joining our major fundraiser Walk a Mile in Her Shoes and obtaining pledges, you can make a significant contribution and help women and their children as they take steps to walk away from domestic violence!

General donations online, click the DONATE NOW button below:

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Donate or Sponsor a Walker for the Walk A Mile In Her Shoes® event, click the 'Donate / Sponsor Now' button below:

Walk A Mile Donate / Sponsor

Or you can drop off your donation to our office, 270 Freeland Drive, Stratford, Ontario N4Z 1G8.

If you have a question call us at 519-271-5310.


When you support Optimism Place, you know you’re giving women and children a chance at a better life and a much brighter future.

Clothing and/or Item Donations:
From time to time, the shelter needs women and children’s clothing and/or other small items. Visit our wish list for more ways to help. Call us anytime to find out our current needs.

Drop-offs can be made Monday through Friday from 9 am to noon, but please call ahead to 519-271-5310 ext. 31 to arrange your delivery. We’re most grateful for your donations, but please no drop-offs on weekends.

Call 519-271-5310 ext. 23 if you need more information.

24 HOUR CRISIS LINE: 519-271-5550 or 1-800-265-8598 ; © Copyright 2016 Optimism Place Women's Shelter and Support Services. All Rights Reserved. Charitable Registration Number:130639396RR001