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About Us

Our History:
Dawn House Women’s Shelter was founded in 1986 in response to a housing crisis in the City of Kingston. A diverse group of community individuals and organizations contributed to the setup and establishment as a non-profit, charitable organization that would provide a 24-hour crisis line and emergency shelter, support and resources for women over the age of 16, with or without children. Since its inception in 1986, there have been over 4,500 separate stays.

Our Mission:
Dawn House supports and empowers marginalized and vulnerably housed women.

Our Vision:
All women live in safe, affordable, accessible housing.

Our Future:
Dawn House is changing and moving. Dawn House sold its 302 Victoria Street location and is reinvesting in a new location where it will provide affordable supportive housing, transitional housing and wellness supports.

Our Sponsors:
We would like to thank our Sponsors

Our Values:

  • Safe and affordable housing is a fundamental human right
  • Eradicating homelessness is everyone’s responsibility
  • Homeless and impoverished women are entitled to be treated with empathy, dignity and without judgement
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Women have a right to safety, security, confidentiality and informed consent
  • Collaboration with other organizations and community groups are essential to our work

Dawn House ceased operation as an emergency shelter in September of 2015. As we move forward, our plan is to work with the city’s Housing First program to provide affordable supportive housing in Kingston. It is our vision that all women should live in safe, affordable, accessible housing. Our goal, if zoning is approved and all goes according to plan, is to turn 965 Milford into a Women's Wellness Centre that will provide marginalized and vulnerably housed women with affordable supportive housing, counselling, advocacy and a range of support services.