The History of the Medicine Hat Women's Shelter Society

1979

Representatives from helping agencies, professionals, businesses and concerned citizens come together to form a Task Force for Women in Crisis under the auspices of the Community Resources Center.

1980

February 12 - Medicine Hat Women's Shelter Society is incorporated.
April 11 - First annual general meeting is held.

1981

Funding is approved for an emergency shelter.
First Executive Director is hired.

1982

February 1 - Medicine Hat Women's Shelter opens its doors.

1996

The need for a larger shelter is recognized and plans begin.

1998

Construction of new emergency shelter begins.

1999

April 20 - The new emergency shelter named "Phoenix Safe House" officially opens in new facility.

2003

The need for a second stage shelter is recognized and plans begin.

2006

Musasa House, second stage facility opens its doors.

2007

Phoenix Safe House increases capacity from 11 to 18 beds.
Official Grand Opening ceremonies for Musasa House are held.

2008

Phoenix Safe House increases capacity from 18 to 24 beds.

2009

Treehouse Daycare Program opened.
Housing First Program begins.

2014

Phoenix Safe House increased from 24 to 30 beds.
Safe Family Intervention Team (SFIT) program began in partnership with the Medicine Hat Police Service.

2015

Funding for Second Stage Shelters is announced by the province of Alberta.

2016

Construction of new Outreach facility begins.

2017

March - Outreach community based office opens at The Ridge building.