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Our Purpose
To provide a safe opportunity for transitional living for Aboriginal women, with or without children, who are experiencing crisis in their lives.

Our Mission
To create a nurturing, stable, and culturally based living environment that encourages and empowers Individuals to make positive lasting change. Abbey House will support women and their children to overcome crisis and homelessness by assisting them to achieve emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical well being.

Description of Abbey House
Abbey House is a 5 bedroom secured residence in a quiet residential area. Two of the bedrooms join and are used as a family suite complete with access to a private bathroom. It has a large eat in kitchen, a beautiful sitting room, a large outside deck secured back yard for children to play, laundry and internet facilities. Abbey House can have up to 10 individuals living here at one time sharing accommodations and living with mutual respect.

Dedication to Maxine Abbey
July 29, 1922 – June 12, 2004
Maxine Abbey was a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and most of all a friend. Her energy and enthusiasm for life is an inspiration.

Maxine was affectionately known as the greeter and respected by her community. She could be found at the door with a warm hug or handshake for all who entered. She was there to share a laugh and maybe a tear.

Her own crisis and personal chaos made her stronger and she gave strength to other Aboriginal women who were engulfed in their own crisis. She helped them to survive and remain strong. She will be missed and remembered.
- Roxanne Abbey Buck

Process and Criteria
An intake will be done for anyone who is interested in entering into the Abbey House program. If you do not meet criteria at the time of intake you may take the option of being put on a waiting list.

Eligibility/Criteria includes:

  • Homeless, at risk of homelessness and/or recovering from violence
  • 16+ years
  • at least 6 weeks clean from drugs and Alcohol
  • willing to source an income (gainful employment, educational upgrade, Ontario Works, Disability, ect.)
  • attend weekly programming provided by staff

Other criteria:
Coming from Healing lodges, treatment centres, or other residential facilities that deal with the cause of homelessness.

Click here for the Abbey House Intake Form.

Abbey House is funded through HPS and administered by OFIFC