During this difficult time, we thought it would be nice to share a "good news story" with everyone.
It is our pleasure to announce that in 2019, the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation raised more than $3.3 million to help thousands of women and children rebuild their lives after violence.
With fundraising efforts and agents Canada wide contributing a portion of their commissions, we have raised $33 million since 1998. We remain the largest public foundation in Canada dedicated exclusively to supporting women's shelters and putting an end to domestic violence.
The current COVID-19 pandemic has added stress to the shelters (e.g. additional costs related to cleaning, need for social distancing, risk of women and children getting sick) plus, the increase in domestic violence that takes place during times of economic crisis with women being even more at risk because of the need to remain at home. The shelters offer much-needed support and you can refer to sheltersafe.ca as a place for people to find shelter in their community.
At Royal LePage, we help people find their dream homes, but what if that home does not offer a sense of peace and well-being? For women and children fleeing domestic violence, our foundation provides critical help by supporting 200 women's shelters across the country, which offer safety, hope, and healing.
With your help, we also work to prevent domestic violence and break the cycle of abuse by supporting programs for children who have witnessed abuse and programs to help teens learn how to build and nurture healthy relationships.
Thank you to everyone who has made a donation or participated in a fundraising event in support of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation. You are the reason that abused women and their children have a safe place to sleep tonight and the promise of a better future.