REVELSTOKE, British Columbia: In light of recent developments with the COVID-19 outbreak, the Revelstoke Women’s Shelter Society (RWSS) has modified its in-house procedures and intake process.
We are currently coordinating with BC Housing, the Ministry of Health and our many partners as we continue to monitor and work with the current, ever-evolving situation.
Because current social isolation restrictions may put women and their children more at risk of domestic violence and abuse, the Revelstoke Women’s Shelter (transition house) will remain in operation, and we are taking the necessary steps to ensure the safety of staff and clients.
“At this time our utmost priority is the safety and well being of our clients and staff so we are taking every precaution to ensure that our services reflect this,” according to RWSS Executive Director, Lynn Loeppky.
The Shelter recognizes that some of the people it serves have higher rates of health concerns and may be at greater risk if exposed to the virus and has therefore limited its intake process to over-the-phone only, so that staff can properly screen individuals seeking our services. Any woman (and her children) needing to use the shelter’s services is encouraged to call our 24-hour crisis line prior to arrival, for assessment: 250-837-1111.
The following external restrictions are currently in place:
All new intakes will be done by phone prior to admission, including referrals.
Visitors are restricted other than essential services
All individual outreach clients can call the crisis line for support or the outreach coordinators at Moving Mountains 250-837-1572 Moving Forward @ 250-814-8387
We also strongly encourage anyone that suspects they might be infected to the following links for the province of British Columbia’s self-assessment tool and recommended actions:
About the Revelstoke Women’s Shelter Society:
The Revelstoke Women’s Shelter Society is a non-profit society that offers a safe space, care and support to women (and their children) who have experienced domestic violence/abuse. It exists to offer support, assistance, information and referrals in a courteous and compassionate manner, that respects the dignity, privacy, culture and diversity of women and children who are victims of abuse.