How many women do your programs help?
Our house comprises of 4 rooms, and we can serve a maximum of 5 women and 5 babies at a time. However, outside of our physical home, our network of support for previous residents comprises of approximately 30 young families.
What is Shifra Homes?
Shifra means "beautiful" and was the name of a midwife who protected and nurtured life. Exodus 1:15. Shifra Homes is a registered non-profit charity for young women between the ages of 16 and 27. We provide a safe haven for young, pregnant, homeless women with support for the baby and mother, and resources for both parents. Our Home is located in Burlington, ON.
Does Shifra Homes have a waiting list?
We continuously operate with a wait list but the length of wait for admission varies. Please contact our office at (905) 681-9633 to inquire about the status of admittance.
Do clients pay for services?
We admit our residents without cost, however, Ontario Works deducts a mandatory shelter fee from their OW Allowance once they've moved in and signed a Rental Agreement. We provide an independent living environment so the girls must be able to take care of themselves (cooking their own meals, etc.), however we buy their groceries and necessary items.
May residents continue attending school or maintain their current job upon admittance to the program?
Yes. Each client's resident plan includes a schedule comprising of work/school/volunteering, prenatal programs, as well as other resource programs during their stay.
How long can a resident stay at Shifra Homes?
A resident can come in at any time during her pregnancy and stay on for 3-4 months after her child is born. Each case is different, so if more assistance is needed for a resident and her baby, they may stay up to 6 months following the birth of their child.
If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact us.