A safe haven for over 11,000 women and children
In another first-of-its-kind initiative, the visionary founders of Muslim Welfare Centre purchased a property in Whitby, Ontario. Thereafter, they set about establishing the Muslim Welfare Home for Needy Women and Children (MWH) in 1996. Years later, in recognition of the sincere efforts and quality services, the region began funding this facility under the management of Muslim Welfare Centre. From its inception, the Muslim Welfare Home has provided a culturally- sensitive safe haven for women and children in need, with a primary focus on those who are homeless.
This facility is a 45-bed emergency shelter where residents stay for a maximum of three months. Accommodations are newly-renovated with modestly furnished bedrooms; available baby cribs; semi-private washrooms; as well as a spacious living room and comfortable TV lounge. A large dining room is serviced by a commercial kitchen where a chef prepares healthy, nutritious meals three times daily. Residents have access to a computer lab with internet connectivity and the entire facility is under 24 hour camera surveillance to protect the security and privacy of the residents and staff.
Muslim Welfare Home is staffed by a dedicated team of caring professionals who work closely with social services agencies to support the needs of women and children under their care; from life skills training and resume building to housing and family counseling. Residents are provided with referral services in an environment of empowerment where they have the opportunity to assess their lives, at their own pace, and plan for a brighter future.
Since 1996, the Muslim Welfare Home has helped over 11,000 women and their children find hope.
- Access to marriage and family counseling/guidance
- Legal and Medical referrals
- Resume building workshops
- Job search support
- Volunteer opportunities
- Life skills training
- Translation services for residents in English, Urdu, Farsi, Arabic, Punjabi, Hindi and Spanish
If you or someone you know is homeless, in distress or living in an abusive situation, we can help. Please call 905-665-0424 or toll free: 1-866-666-1115.
We wish to acknowledge the tremendous support given to the Muslim Welfare Home by various members and associations in the community of Whitby. They have enthusiastically embraced the facility, providing everything from maintenance and landscaping to organizing fundraisers and toy drives.
Emergency Motel Program
The Emergency Motel Program is a housing program supported by the Regional Municipality of Durham. In November 2013, the Muslim Welfare Home was entrusted with the responsibility of managing this Program by the Region of Durham. The program mandate fits well with Muslim Welfare Home’s existing service to the women and their children by providing emergency housing service to families, individuals with physical disabilities and mothers with male children older than 13 years of age, who would otherwise not be able stay at the Muslim Welfare Home in Whitby. The Emergency Motel Program provides a temporary stay in a motel room in Durham Region. The families and individuals of the Motel Program are assisted by Muslim Welfare Home’s staff with their resettlement through housing search, referrals to community resources, applying for government programs and other outreach services. The program allows families and individuals to have a safe place to stay while they get back on their feet while we work with them with finding new homes.
To date, we have supported over 170 clients through this program.