Here at The Cridge we have a “No Wrong Door” approach to services: if we cannot help, we will support the client to find someone who can. This means having staff who are willing to go the extra mile and make sure that no one who asks for help leaves without some sort of assitance. Here is a story about that from our Transition House for Women.
We saw more women experience immigration challenges and threats of deportation in 2014 than ever before in one year. It seems that the more “reforms” made to the Canadian immigration laws and processes, the more difficult it becomes for immigrant women to leave violent partners. The public assurances that special allowances will be made for immigrant women fleeing domestic violence just don’t seem to materialize. These women face having to stay with their abusive husbands or face deportation because leaving the abuse means having no status. No status means no eligibility to work legally, receive income assistance, medical benefits, or public education.
We helped 7 women in 2014 get safe and survive this “no status” limbo. When we have shared some of these stories of courage and survival with colleagues in the community, the response is always, “It’s a good job they found The Cridge!” We have been working so hard to help these women survive and stay safe, we forgot that we really have been the “no wrong door” for them. We are so grateful to be part of an organization that enables us to be on “no wrong door” auto-pilot!