About Us

Huron Women’s Shelter, Second Stage Housing and Counselling Services serves all of Huron County by providing a safe and caring environment for women and their children experiencing all types of abuse to heal.  Women are empowered as they make changes in their lives through safe housing, counselling and supports.

We provide the following services:

Emergency Shelter – a 10 bed facility for women and their children located in Goderich for short term stays for women who are experiencing abuse or are homeless.

24/7 Support and Information Phone Line – access to support and information from a counsellor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year – call 1-800-265-5506

Second Stage Housing – 3 geared to income apartment buildings (22 apartments) located in Exeter, Clinton and Goderich – each with counsellors on-site.

Counselling – Outreach Counsellors are available to meet those dealing with abuse in their home communities.  For those who have experiences sexual violence a sexual assault counsellor is available.  Counselling for children who have witnessed or experienced violence is available at the shelter, second stage and in schools throughout the county.  Group counselling sessions are offered throughout the year for women and children at various locations.

Family Court Support – Support for women who have experienced domestic violence and are moving through the family court system.  Trained staff provide information, referrals, debriefing, court accompaniment and more.

We also provide court support and advocacy as needed as well as public education.  Staff are available to facilitate workshops or speak on issues of all types of abuse, sexual assault and consent, and the work of the organization.

Board of Directors

Chair, Susan Pye
Vice-Chair, Kate Ballagh-Steeper
Secretary/Treasurer, Nargis Tarmohamed

Melanie Ball

These volunteer Board Members come from across Huron County for 10 meetings per year.  We are actively seeking dedicated, passionate people from across Huron County to serve on the board.  If you are interested please call – 519-524-5333 x300 or complete this board member information form


As an organization our primary funding sources are the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services, Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, Huron County Property and Social Services, Southwest LHIN.  We are also grateful to be a supported partner of the United Way Perth-Huron.  In addition, we are very appreciative of the many community groups, service clubs, congregations, businesses and individuals who support the work of the organization through their fundraising efforts and donations.   The work of ending violence against women could not be done without all of these contributions!

Donations to support the general operations of the organization are gratefully accepted at any time.  Click the Donate Now button on any page of this website to donate online.

Donations can also be allocated to the funds below that support the unique needs of women and their children that fall outside of the funding sources above.  Women receiving services from the organization are able to apply for these funds throughout the year.

The Alice Munro Fund  supports the dignity and self worth of women and children by covering the financial cost of things that may be challenging for women in crisis to afford and cannot be covered by other sources.

The Roma Harris Fund provides for shelter and care of pets while women are escaping violence.