For Women, Children and Teens
Women, children and teens are all more likely to experience violence than other groups in society. Shelters are a valuable resource that help people dealing with these types of abuse. Here’s why:
- Women are more likely to be the victims of sexual violence compared to men, according to the Canadian Women’s Foundation.
- 1 in 3 women will experience some form of abuse during their lifetime, according to Statistics Canada.
- Women are also more likely than men to be victims of domestic assault or stalking, according to Statistics Canada.
- Children under the age of 15 make up almost half (42 per cent) of victims reported under child maltreatment laws and regulations in Canada, with neglect making up 73 per cent of cases followed by physical abuse (23 per cent), psychological maltreatment (20 per cent) and sexual abuse (5.5 per cent), reports CBC News citing the British Columbia Society for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse report on child welfare and male survivors.
It is assumed that only women are the victims of domestic violence, which in a way can be true. However, there are men who have been victims as well and have sought help from shelters. A 2009 study by the National Domestic Violence Hotline found that 14% of their callers were male and 86% were female. On another note, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, an estimated 1 million men are victims of physical domestic violence each year in the United States.
Throughout the years, there has been an increase in the number of men who have been seeking help from shelters for men who have been victims of domestic violence. However, compared to women’s shelters, there are far fewer shelters for men due to several reasons: lack of financial support/funding; difficulty in identifying sponsors/donors; lack of awareness/public knowledge; and overall reluctance/reluctance in addressing this issue at hand.
One reason why there is a lack of financial support is because most people do not know if they can trust a man’s claim if he says he was abused by a woman or they may assume that he must have done something to provoke it or that he should just hit her back (in other words “man up”). In addition to this, some people believe that if a man was beaten by his girlfriend then it means she must really love him very much or else she would not have cared enough about him to beat him up in the first place! This kind of thinking creates an even bigger problem because now people think that being abused is somehow romantic when it isn’t at all! Furthermore some politicians such as our president Donald Trump advocate for hitting women themselves in order to “show them who’s boss” which further perpetuates domestic violence against both genders rather than putting an end to it like many other countries already had already done long ago before we ever existed as humans on earth itself.
For Gay and Transgender People
For gay and transgender people, aside from the reasons stated above, family rejection and violence can leave them without a place to call home. Unfortunately, many young adults in this group who are kicked out of their homes by their family often turn to sex work as a way to survive. As such, youth homelessness is one of the biggest problems for the LGBTQ+ community. These shelters can help LGBTQ+ individuals who have nowhere else to go when they are rejected by their families or friends.
Shelters protect vulnerable seniors
Many people ask us to consider that shelters are a good thing. They often tell us that shelters offer security, comfort, and nourishment for the elderly. This is true. But why should we care about the elderly? Most of them have lived full lives and will die soon anyway. As responsible citizens, our most important duty is to look out for ourselves, not some old person who’s been alive for 80 years or more!
However, let’s be honest: we all need each other’s support to survive. Shelters are one place where seniors are able to receive food, water, and warmth. These basic necessities can literally save their lives if they’re injured or ill—especially if they’ve become stuck in a blizzard and don’t want to trudge through 2 feet of snow back home because it’s too far away or they forgot where it was!
Shelters are necessary for your pets as well. If you are in a situation where you need to go to a shelter, here’s how it could help your pet:
- Provide temporary housing for them. Most shelters will allow you to bring your pets with you. This can be a big help if you suddenly find yourself homeless and don’t have the time or resources to find a new place that allows animals. They’ll be safe at the shelter while you figure out what to do next.
- Provide companionship. No matter what happens, your pet loves you unconditionally, and is always happy to see you (even when they’re not). It can be comforting just being in the same space together, plus scientists have found that being around animals has lots of health benefits!
Remember to support your local shelter.
But shelters don’t just help people and animals in need—they also help us all by supporting our communities. Shelters provide a place for people to meet, interact, and form connections. They encourage individuals to become invested in the community and its future. Perhaps you’ve given a donation to your local shelter as part of your annual year-end donation drive or participated in a fundraising event for your city’s animal rescue organization. Maybe you’ve donated items like furniture, clothing, or bedding; volunteered at a local center; or even adopted an animal from one of their facilities. If so, then you know firsthand how such an interaction can be transformative and rewarding.
And remember that there are many ways we can show our support beyond monetary donations: We can speak up when we learn about abuse or neglect happening around us; lend our energy to community efforts towards safe housing and meaningful employment; advocate for policies that increase access to health care; educate ourselves about issues facing homeless populations; introduce friends and family members to resources available in their communities; vote for political candidates who prioritize the needs of homeless populations and those living in poverty… The list goes on!In the past few years, there has been a push for a “no-kill” movement throughout the United States. It sounds great in theory: no animal should be killed if it can be helped, right?
Unfortunately, that’s not how things work at all. The truth is, no-kill shelters are weakening our country’s ability to care for animals in need and actually make communities less safe because of the way they operate.
In fact, here are 5 Forgotten Reasons Why Shelters Are Necessary.
1) Without proper vetting and regulations, no-kill shelters are unable to keep dangerous animals off the streets. Think about it: you can’t just go around your neighborhood with a net and start collecting animals. There needs to be some sort of screening process before an animal gets adopted out into the community.
2) No-kill shelters are underfunded and understaffed by default. If you’re stuck in traffic or sitting on a train that’s not moving, your first thought is probably “I wish I had brought a book,” or “I wonder what’s wrong with this train.” If you’re in a shelter filled with starving dogs who haven’t been fed in three days because there were only two people working today? Your thoughts might
Shelters are becoming a thing of the past.
In the old days, if you got caught in a rainstorm or your car broke down, you could find refuge in a shelter and wait for help. But as we’ve gotten more advanced and have more options available to us, we don’t seem to need shelters anymore. Look at the number of mobile apps that can get you assistance right away, or the ability to call someone on your phone. We don’t even need house keys anymore: we can just unlock our doors with our phones! Shelters seem like relics of an ancient civilization that we’ve outgrown.
But just because we don’t need shelters doesn’t mean they’re not useful and worth saving. Here are 5 forgotten reasons why shelters are necessary and should be preserved:
-They keep us safe: If you get locked out of your house when you’re in your pajamas, it’s nice to know there’s somewhere to go until you can get back inside.
-They prevent us from getting wet: If it rains, most people assume they’ll just pull out their umbrellas for cover. But what if it’s windy? What about if there’s a sudden downpour? You might get soaked before you have time
You know why shelters are necessary. You’ve probably volunteered at one, and you’ve definitely given money to one.
But there are 5 reasons why shelters are necessary that people forget about. And I’m going to talk about all of them.
Reason 1: Shelters give free food to people who can’t afford it. Food is the most basic necessity, and many of us take it for granted. We don’t have to worry about being hungry–the only time we do is when we decide not to eat because we’re trying to lose weight or whatever. But some people don’t have the choice not to be hungry, because they can’t afford food at all. And many of those people are kids. The shelters feed them when no one else will, and they do it without government funding!
Reason 2: Shelters help men who are dealing with abuse from their partners. Most of the time, we think of domestic abuse as a problem experienced by women–but men need help too! They often have nowhere to go when they’re being abused, and shelters offer free beds for them so that they can escape their abusers and start fresh somewhere new.
Reason 3: Shelters provide a place for people who feel like life isn’t worth living anymore to
The recent news of dogs from a shelter being stolen and sold to a research facility has sparked national outrage. The owner of the shelter, who is also the local mayor, was arrested for selling these dogs to the facility. Although it may seem like this is an isolated event, it isn’t.
This story has brought up many questions about how shelters work and why they are necessary. Some people have even said that shelters should be abolished altogether. This attitude towards shelters is not new, but it needs to change if we want to keep animals safe.
In this blog post, I am going to give you five reasons why shelters are necessary. Each reason will prove why it is so important that we continue to support them so that they can do their job effectively.
Shelters are a vital part of our community. But sometimes our understanding of why shelters are needed can get muddled.
So let’s refocus on five things we may have forgotten about why shelters are essential.
1. Shelters help reduce animal overpopulation, which is a big problem in the U.S. There are simply too many animals and not enough homes for all of them. Many end up being euthanized, which is why they need a place to stay while they wait for their perfect human to enter their lives.
2. Shelters assist people who did not plan to adopt an animal but suddenly find themselves in need of one, such as storm victims or those who have lost their homes and need temporary housing for their pets.
3. Shelters provide a safe haven for abused animals who need rehabilitation before entering back into the world again.
4. Shelters contribute to the local economy through sales at thrift stores, dog walking jobs, and donations from generous donors to keep the shelter afloat.
5. Shelters provide an easy way for people to adopt a pet that they could not have otherwise had access to, because it’s connected with other shelters in the area and provides information about where each pet came from before arriving at
I know, I know. We’re all just so tired of hearing about the importance of shelters.
Yeah, they’re important; that’s a given. But what else is there to say? What else could we possibly write to convince you to go out and look for ways you can support your local shelter?
Well, maybe we’ve been focusing on the wrong things. Maybe we’ve been talking about all the same stuff instead of focusing on the other benefits that result from having a shelter nearby. So here are five reasons why shelters are worth it, even though you might have forgotten about them:
1. Shelters are a safe place for women who have gone through domestic violence.
2. Many shelters offer services such as legal aid and social work help in addition to housing and food, and many of these services are free or available at low cost when offered through a shelter.
3. Shelters offer guidance for people who are just starting out in their lives — whether you’re getting back on your feet after leaving an abusive relationship, being released from prison, or just trying to find a place to stay while looking for a job, many shelters have programs that can help you get started with finding housing and employment so that you can move onto independent living
You’ve probably heard the statistics about homelessness. It’s a big problem, and it touches all of us in some way or another. But no matter how many times you’ve seen the data and heard the stats, it’s important to remember that behind each number is a person.
At [company name], we believe in treating each individual with dignity and respect. That’s why we started our homeless shelter: to offer people a safe place to sleep, eat, and get back on their feet.
That said, there are some common misconceptions about what our shelter does. Here are just a few reasons why shelters like ours are important—and why they have to stay open long after the last homeless person is housed:
1. Shelters offer more than food and temporary housing—they offer services that empower individuals to change their circumstances for the better. Our shelter offers:
-A job placement program that helps connect residents with meaningful employment opportunities
-Access to mental health services that help residents work through trauma
-Counselors who can help residents find affordable permanent housing and work on developing a stable living situation for themselves
2. Homeless shelters can be temporary respites for people who aren’t homeless but need help getting back on their feet. For example, if you