• December 22, 1978 – The Vancouver Island Haven Society was incorporated as a non-profit and registered charity to answer growing awareness that violence and abuse within the family was a reality for many women and children in our community.

  • 1978 – 1981 – Women called Haven Society’s crisis line and were given shelter in the homes of community volunteers.

  • July 1, 1981 – ‘Haven House’ officially opened with funding being provided by the Ministry of Social Services for operations and the City of Nanaimo providing a house to use.

  • December 1985 – Haven Society purchased a four bedroom house.

  • 1991 – Due to high demand a seven bedroom house was purchased through funding from CHMC’s national ‘Project Haven’ initiative.

  • 1992 – A childcare centre and large family bedroom was added to the existing building through funds from Altrusa Club of Nanaimo and the Vancouver Foundation.

  • January 1993 – Haven Society began offering counselling service for women experiencing physical and emotional violence in relationships.

  • 1993 – Individual counselling and support groups for children who witness abuse in their homes was added to Haven’s services with funding from the Ministry of Women’s Equality

  • November 1994 – The Haven Thrift Shop opened

  • 1998 – Haven sold its thrift store which is now ‘The Friends of Haven Thrift Store’, they continue to offer clothing and household items to the clients of Haven.

  • 2002 – Willow House began, offering services to marginalized women at risk of homelessness due to street related sex-trade activity.

  • 2009 – Willow WAI program was shut down due to funding cuts, and a day program was created with the Women’s Resource Centre to stay connected with this population of women.

  • 2008-2009 – Community Services Building was built and opened, housing all of Haven’s programs and administration.

  • 2014 – Haven continues to offer the following programs; Haven Transition House, Parksville Qualicum Haven House, Women’s Counselling, Community Victim’s Services Nanaimo, Community Victim’s Services Parksville, Children and Youth Who Witness Abuse, Outreach, Haven Volunteer Program.

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