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Fund-raiser set for Betty’s Haven

A shower curtain, a towel, a little bit of cutlery: they’re the little things many people take for granted when they get their morning shower and grab their breakfast.

By Stephanie Waddell on April 24, 2013 at 3:35 pm


Photo by Vince Fedoroff

A NEW REFUGE – Betty’s Haven, to open later this year, will shelter women and children who require second-stage housing to remove themselves from abusive relationships. Barbara Mcinerney

A shower curtain, a towel, a little bit of cutlery: they’re the little things many people take for granted when they get their morning shower and grab their breakfast.

But it’s those same things the Yukon Women’s Transition Home wants to provide to its tenants who will call the new Betty’s Haven apartments home when it opens in the fall.

On Friday evening, the community is invited to The Old Fire Hall downtown to meet the architects. They’ll also be able to view the interior and exterior of the building and be part of the official unveiling of the organization’s new website (http://www.yukontransitionhome.ca).

Entertainment, refreshments and a silent auction will also be part of the event that’s set to raise money for furniture and basics for the 10 apartment units that will make up Betty’s Haven.

The building is set to provide second-stage housing for women and their children fleeing abusive relationships.

Kaushee’s Place currently provides 30-day housing for women and Betty’s Haven will complement that as a second stage beyond the 30 days, for up to a year or even longer in some cases.

The Yukon government provided $4 million for the downtown building, with the city also providing a financial contribution, said Barbara McInerney, Kaushee’s Place’s executive director.

The organization is aiming to raise an additional $50,000 to furnish the units, provide essentials like the cutlery and towels and put in some outdoor toys outside the building for the children living there.

McInerny said the transition home society has been pleased with the support it’s already had for Kaushee’s Place and as it’s worked to plan for Betty’s Haven.

“The community’s is absolutely phenomenal,” she said. “We’ve already been really blessed.”

She pointed to Yukon Quest winner Allen Moore selecting Kaushee’s Place as the recipient for a $1,000 contribution from Northewestel Inc. to the Yukon charity of Moore’s choice, among numerous other donations that have come in from many in the community.

While a number of businesses have already donated to Friday’s silent auction, McInerny said donations are still being accepted.

Friday’s event will get underway at 5:30 p.m. and run until 9 p.m.

Officials are aiming to have the first tenants moved in sometime in August before the start of the 2013-14 school year.

McInerny said the society will determine closer to the move-in date which tenants will live there.

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Apr 24, 2013 at 7:50 pm

As a business owner in Whitehorse I refuse to support this project.  I strongly believe a home is also needed for men as well. Why must shelters always be for women. I guess men should just go live on the streets or in the bush

Just Say'in

Apr 25, 2013 at 1:19 pm

I agree Mark. You would think that it is impossible for a man to be a victim. Many men are living in impossible situations and are receiving a lot of violence themselves. Maybe if they could get out of that situation there would be the problem down the road.


Apr 25, 2013 at 8:46 pm

Most non-biased studies on domestic violence have concluded that it’s mostly bilateral and involves the man and woman fairly equally; it really does take two to tango.  But of course, we’re led to believe that only women are victims and men are perpetrators - political correctness in action.  This would mean that most of the women in the shelters are as violent as the men they’ve left at home, but of course we cannot speak of such things because it does not pass the political correctness test.

If anyone is interested in stats on domestic violence devoid of the political victim-feminist narrative, Statistics Canada’s website has good information:


Apr 26, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Question to all who have posted before me.
Can a man bounce back from a bad situation faster than a woman? A woman with children? My answer would be yes.

Though yes there is a two way street when it comes to abuse. I believe that this program is targeted at women who are vulnerable and “fleeing abusive relationships”.
If there is a need for a mans shelter in Whitehorse perhaps you need to begin lobbying for it. Not just bellyaching that you won’t support this program.

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