Our Impact

SLWAR brings a community together to create long-lasting change.

SLWAR Transforms Lives

Our Impact - SLWAR staff and program participant talking
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of participants secured permanent housing
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of participants remained housed
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of participants chose to decrease their involvement in sex work
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of participants did not receive any new charges
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of participants had improved quality of life
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of participants had increased contact with their children

“I saw a ray of light at the end of the tunnel for the first time in many years. To have a woman to talk to was really great, just to feel comfortable and cared about. Before the program, I didn’t feel cared about at all. A lot of the organizations were closing doors or passing the buck. It was always a revolving door. So I feel cared about, supported, accepted through my peers and support worker. And I have hope. The program saved my life, it really saved my life.”

– SLWAR Participant

SLWAR Changes Communities

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of collaborative members were better able to support individuals who identify as women engaged in street involved sex work
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of collaborative members reported the level of communication between service providers has increased
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of collaborative members had a better understanding of the service system
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of collaborative members agreed there were fewer service gaps for this population
Police officer listen and speaking to a program participant

“The level of collaboration at the start was not easy. Organizations have different values and opinions. Agreeing on a higher-level purpose is a beautiful thing about the model because organizations that have differing ethical beliefs said, ‘We think we should do it differently for this group because it’s important.’ Because of the collaborative, not despite it, we’re here looking at these outcomes. There are so many women alive and well today because of the work that has been done as a collaborative.”

Here’s How We Know

SLWAR 3 Year Evaluation Report

An evaluation of SLWAR

A three-year evaluation of SLWAR was completed by a third-party, independent evaluation firm.

Stories That Inspire Us

Woman looking forward inside a forest

“My life then compared to now is completely different. I mean, it’s like night and day from not having a bed and wondering where I’m going to have my next shower. I took a picture of an alleyway ‘cause that’s where I would shoot up. I liked taking pictures of my bed and keys. I hadn’t slept in a bed for a while. The thing I am most grateful for is having my own place to go home to. I have things such as a dresser, a bed, and a TV – things that are mine, things I didn’t have before. It means a lot to me.”

“I take my dogs for a walk. It’s so much better with them. The dogs are my life, considering I don’t have my kids. My one dog was my one year anniversary [gift] for not drinking. Now, I can just sit down and have a coffee. I take my dog to Timmies and have a coffee and just be. Before, I was sleeping in tents and carrying stuff around and couldn’t just sit and be. Now that we have furniture, we can have family over for coffee.”

“Police presence decreased ‘cause before, I had neighbours calling them on me. I haven’t been in trouble in years now. With practice and encouragement, I am learning that I have control over my life and people that I allow in it and the situations I put myself in with relationships. I am working on redefining what I accept as acceptable treatment.”

“It’s nicer now ‘cause I have a home, so I don’t have to be outside with my dog all the time. She’s my girl. I would be Robin and she’s Batman. We like to go walking by the river. I’m sitting with and walking my dog, and we are smiling. I’m smiling. You’d be able to see I’m in a better space than before if you saw pictures of me then.”

“I have a home and my kids with me. I’ve been here almost a year. It’s stability and I’m feeling better about myself. I’m just thinking about my future. Mostly I like to just do mom things – feeding my kids and taking care of them.”

“When I was homeless, I didn’t get to shower too often. My showering was going to the mall and washing in the private stall in the sink. I didn’t have many people offer me a place to shower. Once every six months I would get a shower. As soon as I saw this place, I knew I could have a bath.”