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Esprit Place Family Resource Centre offers emergency shelter and assistance for women and children in the District of Parry Sound who find themselves in crisis. Priority is given to women leaving abusive situations. Our Staff provide supportive counselling and information to assist women in changing their lives and the lives of their children. All services and programs are voluntary, free of charge, and confidential.


Specific Service Provided:

  • Supportive counselling
  • Temporary safe and secure shelter residence
  • Provision of food and other residential supports (i.e. blankets, hygiene products)
  • Emergency transportation
  • Referrals or linking women to alternative accommodations
  • Assisting with housing applications
  • Provision of information on rights, options, and available services
  • Development of safety strategies or plans for women and their children
  • Assistance with information on immigration, transportation and cultural interpretation
  • Services through the local crisis phone line
  • Outreach to women, including promoting shelter services
  • Advocacy on behalf of the woman and her children
  • Children’s Programming and referrals to Child Care


Residential Services

Esprit Place provides emergency shelter for women who:

  • are fleeing violence
  • fear for the safety of themselves or their children
  • are victims of sexual assault or abuse, or
  • are in crisis, and in need of a safe place to stay


The shelter is an emergency 10-bed home which is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are individual bedrooms for privacy, and common areas shared by all residents. We strive to maintain a safe home atmosphere, with expectations of co-operation and tolerance from everyone within the household. Esprit Place provides a friendly and supportive atmosphere for children.


Non-Residential Services

Services provided to women who live in the community include:

  • 24 hour Crisis Phone
  • Crisis Intervention and Supportive Counselling
  • Emergency Transportation to Esprit Place or another shelter (in partnership with other agencies)
  • Community Liaison, Referrals, and Advocacy
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Esprit Place Family Resource Centre is funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services and operated by the District of Parry Sound Social Services Administration Board.

Serving the District of Parry Sound since 1986

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