What is Harmony House?
Harmony House is Ottawa’s only second-stage women’s shelter. They bridge the gap between a woman needing a crisis shelter to eventually being able to live independently in the community. They are able to do that by providing safe, affordable transitional housing for women and children while they work through their trauma, learn new skills (how to budget, pay rent, further their education, etc), and have assistance with on-site childcare. Unfortunately, 50% of women who leave an abuser, end up returning to them as they do not have the resources or skills to live on their own – Harmony House aims to break that cycle and empower women to live independently.
On Friday, November 26th, I met with some of the residents of Harmony House during their community kitchen program.
The team at Harmony work every day to create more awareness and actions around the elimination of violence against women and girls.
Women who come to Harmony House often come with few, if any, possessions. Please note that they do not accept donations of used clothing or bedding. Due to ever-changing health and safety guidelines, they are unable to accept used baby equipment/furniture or toys. Please call the shelter in advance to determine current needs. (613-233-3386)
They also welcome items that their residents can use to support themselves and their children, such as:
- Gift cards for a grocery store, department store, or book store
- Movie Passes
- Bus Tickets
- Taxi Chits
- Prepaid phone cards
If you are interested in donating goods to Harmony House, please contact them during office hours to determine current needs and make arrangements.
Donate Your Car
Donate a Car Canada accepts Vehicle Donations for Harmony House. Free towing is provided in most areas across Canada, or you can drop off your vehicle to maximize your donation. When you donate your car, truck, RV, boat, or motorcycle to Harmony House through Donate A Car Canada, it will either be recycled or sold at auction (depending on its condition, age and location). Donate a Car Canada will look after all the details to make it easy for Harmony House to benefit. After your vehicle donation is complete, the charity will send you a tax receipt and will put your gift to good use. Please click here to donate a vehicle.