100+ Women Who Care Sault Ste. Marie 

Thinking Locally, Acting Locally 

Women in Crisis (Algoma) 

July 25, 2017


Women In Crisis (Algoma) is a safe and supportive shelter for women who have experienced abuse and their children. Emergency shelter is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

Women In Crisis opened its first home at 123 March Street in March 1979, thanks to the tireless efforts of Tony van den Bosch and Terry Shamess and their supporters. The March Street location accommodated 12 residents (women and children). 

Just 12 years later, in January 1991, a new 24-bed home on Oakland Avenue opened.  

There is a significant demand for shelter and services. In 2016:

- emergency shelter was accessed by 288 individuals, both women and children;

- 24-hour telephone and/or walk-in support was accessed 3,325 times; 

- family court and transitional housing support services were provided 1,441 times; 

- individual counselling services were provided 2,039 times.

Financial pressures:  WIC would like to secure funds to install a safe in each woman’s closet. Each woman would then be able to access her valuables as desired, without staff assistance. Currently, women staying in the shelter must wait until staff are free in order to retrieve valuables stored in the office.  

WIC would also like to  completely redo the childcare playroom. The flooring is lifting, and it needs to be painted. WIC also needs new furniture in the family room. The furniture is 10 years old, but with the high traffic, the wear and tear on it is badly visible.

Pauline's Place, 

April 25, 2017


Pauline’s Place, a 19-bed shelter, provides emergency shelter and basic necessities to youth (male ages 16-17, female ages 16-21), women, and families in Sault Ste. Marie. 

Pauline's Place also assists their clients in acquiring safe and affordable housing and connecting them to other needed services. 

Pauline's Place opened its doors in May 2004, as an 8-bed youth shelter. It was named in honour of the late Pauline Wilson-Robinson, a registered nurse and social worker dedicated to helping youth in distress.
Since then, Pauline's Place has expanded to help meet some of the needs in our community.  

Since 2004, 2,500 youth have stayed at Pauline's Place. 

In 2016 alone, 46 youth, 49 women and 44 families were housed, fed and assisted by Pauline's Place.  Pauline's Place cared for all these people in 2016 on a bare bones budget of $350,000.

With help from 100+ Women Who Care SSM, Pauline's Place would like to restore programming for youth lost due to cuts in government support. 

This programming could include daily activities, such as teaching clients life skills - cooking, cleaning, budgeting, and maintaining housing, as well art & cultural activities. Funds could assist with apartment start-up costs, offered to clients leaving the shelter (cleaning supplies, household items, furniture, new bedding and fresh food boxes).

Breaking Away, Jan. 24, 2017


Breaking Away was established by parents in Sault Ste. Marie in 2004 to help their adult children with developmental disabilities. 

Once an individual with developmental disabilities turns 21, there is little to no government support for that individual. Parents often struggle to protect their child's independence and quality of life. 

Breaking Away was created by parents to help their children break away from limitations imposed by a lack of opportunity and by others' perceptions of their abilities.

Breaking Away runs  Mon-Fri ,10:00-5:00, in the Mount St. Joseph Learning Centre. Individualized programmes aim to help each student achieve their maximum potential, to build and to maintain skills, and to participate in exercise, social and recreational activities.  

Students participate in weekly meal planning and grocery shopping, swimming, crafting, and exercise programs, such as swimming, gymastics, zumba and yoga. Students go to the mall for lunch twice per month, and the library and bowling alley once per month. Students remain active in the community, including by participating in seasonal community events (Festival of Trees, Bon Soo, Rotaryfest, etc).

Breaking Away is a registered charity (Registration # 854053634RR0001) and relies on client fees, donations and fundraising to operate. More pictures and info available on Facebook and on the Breaking Away website.

The Soup Kitchen, Oct. 4, 2016


Together we raised $14,200 for the Sault Ste. Marie Soup Kitchen Community Centre  through individual and team donations

 The Soup Kitchen is a registered charity (#133119131RR0001) focused on meeting the needs of those who live in poverty. 

The Soup Kitchen provides a safe place to eat, socialize, get information and attend programs; provides a nurturing Children’s Program offering education, recreation and social activities; and advocates on social justice issues.  


The Soup Kitchen serves between 1,600 and 2,100 meals per month, serving 70 – 100 individuals daily. The Soup Kitchen served 2,236 meals in April 2016, up 60% from 1,411 in October 2015. 

The Soup Kitchen also provides food for church meal programs and about 20 service agencies which then distribute this food to their clients. 

Algoma Autism Foundation, 

May 27, 2016


At our inaugural meeting, 100+ Women Who Care Sault Ste. Marie raised $11,600 for the Algoma Autism Foundation.

The Algoma Autism Foundation (AAF) is an incorporated not-for-profit (registration #869475-3), launched in 2013 to address the needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. 

The Foundation is 100% volunteer and 100% local. All monies raised stay in the community.

The AAF has used donations from 100+ Women Who Care SSM to purchase RF beacon bracelets for children who wander/are a flight risk.  

The AAF organizes Sensitive Santa in partnership with the Station Mall, and Trunk or Treat in partnership with multiple community partners, so children with ASD and their parents can participate in simple but important childhood milestones which might otherwise be impossible to manage. 

Since 2013, the AAF has donated $16,000 in equipment to local schools, including special needs trampolines and swings, and iPAD minis for local students who are non-verbal. The AAF also organizes and supports recreational activities such as a gymnastics programme.

In February 2016, the AAF donated $5,000 towards construction of the Bellevue Park Interactive Outdoor Sensory Play Area, which opened in July 2016.