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Promoting Healthy Relationships

Building Strong Families
ChezRachel provides safe and accessible services, secure/protective home, counselling and legal support. We help you get your life back on track. And we bring the promise of a better future. We have various programs for women and children that give skills, ability, confidence, strength and support to live independently.

Our Objectives

  • Provide safe housing,
  • Provide a stable, violence-free environment where women can acquire the tools needed for a new start in,
  • Help our residents adopt an autonomous, violence-free lifestyle,
  • Help residents break the cycle of violence,
  • Support positive parenting approaches,
  • Help children who have been witness to domestic violence learn the behaviours that will allow them to reproduce the cycle of violence as victims or as perpetuators,
  • Build awareness in the community about the issues victims of domestic violence face.

Mission

Providing:

  • Safe housing for women and their children,
  • A range of accessible and quality support services,
  • Tools to end the cycle of violence and promote family harmony.

Vision

Aiming for and working for a safe and healthy community for all.

For almost 30 years, we have been working with women and their children to allow them to look to their future with confidence. Their testimonies allow us to measure the impact of our services and inspire us to work for family harmony.

Our Story

In 1984, Réseau action femmes, a Franco-Manitoban women’s advocacy group, launched an initiative to create a shelter for women affected by domestic violence. After nine years of dedicated work and thanks to funding from federal and provincial governments, the Winnipeg Foundation, Francofonds and the community, the shelter was inaugurated in April 1993. While l’Entre-temps is part of a network of four second-stage shelters in Manitoba, it is the only one whose mandate is to provide bilingual services and to serve the French-speaking community. This bilingual shelter is unique in Western Canada. Our experience with clients from different cultures allows us today to extend our welcome to women from diverse and multilingual backgrounds.

Indeed for more than a year the Entre-temps has launched a process of evaluation and strategic planning. One aspect of this process was to change our name. After much research and consultation, we chose the name ChezRachel in memory of Rachel Massicotte, for her work as a pioneer in the creation of the organization and also former Executive Director. Rachel passed away suddenly in September 25, 2006 at 53 years of age while she was still director of the organization (published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 28, 2006)