2020 Grant Story
Jessica Martel Memorial Foundation – Family Violence Survivors & Program Supplies Project
Like 23,247 women, children and seniors who were turned away from Alberta shelters in 2019 (Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters), Jessica Martel was turned away from shelters operating at capacity. With the support of her mom, Jess made a safety plan but it wasn’t realized. She was murdered in front of her children by her common-law husband in 2009.
Shelter services are a scarcity in Alberta. Jessie’s House, the first new shelter to be constructed in Alberta in over 22 years, opened in 2020. The 35 bed facility, costing 3 million from implementation to completion, supports individuals of any age or gender who are experiencing domestic violence, and has been thoughtfully designed to support even the largest of families.
A $5,000 WDP 2020 grant paid for “wraparound” programming as well as a portion of emergency funding for 25 new and complex clients at Jessie’s House.
From their final report:
“The funding you provided went towards facilitated group activities, groceries, trip expenses (transportation for medical and goal orientated outings), and personal hygiene. From May 2020 – May 2021 we supported over 100 people in and outside of our residency program.”
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