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

What We Do

Optimism Place provides secure, protective housing for 8 weeks or more for women with or without children. We also offer a wide range of free and confidential support services.

We’re here to help women of every age, race, culture, religion and income level. We understand what you’re going through and we want to help.

It’s not your fault you’re being abused - even if it has been going on for a long time. We know this and we’ll 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.


  • A free, safe place to stay for 8 weeks or more
  • 24-hour confidential Crisis Line for victims of abuse and/or sexual assault
  • Emergency transportation to the shelter and referrals
  • Children’s Individual & Group Services
  • Transition & Outreach Support Programs
  • Legal Advocacy Program (Family and Criminal Court Support)
  • Healthy Relationship Program
  • Education, leadership and training on issues related to violence and abuse against women


Katherine is a 50-year-old lawyer. She has been married for 20 years to Gordon, an engineer.
Less than a year after their marriage, Gordon began to physically abuse her. When first he hit her, she was shocked. He apologized profusely; he was under great stress at work. “It will never
happen again,” he promised. But it did, and now he hits her often and scoffs at her objections.
She thinks, “I let it happen. It’s my fault. It would be too professionally and personally embarrassing to let anyone know. After all, I am a lawyer. I know my rights. I should have taken action right away. Now it’s too late. I’ve made my bed and must lie in it.”

It is not too late. No one should ever have to suffer abuse. Katherine could call the crisis line at Optimism Place and talk confidentially to a frontline counselor who is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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