Central Alberta Women's Emergency Shelter Building bridges to a better future for women and children impacted by violence.Every individual has a right to live free from family violence.

The Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter offers safe refuge, personal counseling, and community support for families experiencing family violence. Every year, we meet nearly 3,000 people who have made the brave step towards a life free from violence. There are thousands more in our community who still need our help.

Family violence is an issue that not only impacts individuals and families, but communities as a whole. Thanks to CAWES’ dedication to prevention initiatives, child-focussed healing programs, and providing the necessary tools for our clients to become safely independent, we are seeing promising improvements in rates of family violence in Central Alberta. As experts in the field of family violence, we continually create ground-breaking opportunities for education and awareness. We are proud to report that great things are happening at CAWES, and people’s lives are changing.

You are not alone. Read some of the courageous stories of women who have overcome abuse and violence


Nurturing Parenting Program

10-Week Workshops August - October, 2019 Schedule

Ask about one on one Parenting Sessions!  Call Christian for more information.

 NPP 10 week workshops August to Oct 2019 Schedule

How can I contribute?

Learn about how you can make a difference by contributing to CAWES through donations and volunteer efforts.


Red Deer's SHELTER Ribfest

Thank you Red Deer!!

On behalf of everyone at CAWES, we would like to sincerely thank everyone who supported our organization’s first ever SHELTER Ribfest, September 13-15; we feel extremely honored to have had you join us. Thanks to your support throughout the event, we were able to raise close to $20,000.

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SHELTER Ribfest Raffle Winners

CONGRATULATIONS to John & Simone Bailly of Red Deer who were our lucky 50/50 ticket holders (red ticket #0054530)!  John & Simone stopped by our event office during the event to pick up their prize worth...

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