City of Windsor Partners with Social Service Agencies
Over $700,000 provided to two local providers

The Salvation Army and the Windsor Welcome Centre Shelter for Women and Families have worked tirelessly over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic to support vulnerable persons in Windsor, while facing challenging public health conditions.

When the need arose, The Salvation Army immediately began efforts to house an additional 25 shelter guests while adhering to Public Health guidelines for intakes.

The Salvation Army has maintained and continues to hold high infection-control standards, COVID-19 measures and public health protocols, taking care to always implement all recommendations made by Public Health throughout the pandemic.

The Windsor Welcome Centre Shelter for Women and Families is dedicated to providing a pathway to permanent housing for women experiencing homelessness or crisis situations in our community. Windsor’s Welcome Centre is one of only sixteen agencies nation-wide currently in receipt of recent Canadian Women’s Foundation Violence Prevention funding to support women experiencing violence and their children in rebuilding their lives.

Since the start of the public health crisis, the City of Windsor has supported these two vital community partners through an additional $743, 725 in funds, through the Social Services Relief Fund, towards COVID-19 response within the shelter system.

The City of Windsor is proud to partner with these community organizations, who have been providing invaluable support during the ongoing public health crisis.


“The Salvation Army staff and volunteers at the Centre of Hope have been tremendous during this entire pandemic. Staff have willingly accepted additional responsibilities and assignments in real time when asked. The staff have forged an incredible team spirit exhibiting increasing adaptability and commitment. They are the real heroes in the centre’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”  Major Danny Pinksen, Executive Director – The Salvation Army Windsor Community Services.

“To keep up with the increased IRC demand we shifted some shelter staff to help out the community, even though it meant stretching our resources at the women’s shelter locations.  We are 100% focused on getting women and families out of shelter and back into the community; because we all know that’s where they belong.”  Lady Laforet, Executive Director – The Welcome Center Shelter for Women and Families.

“Windsor has always been a community where we support each other and help raise each other up. I’m proud of the work that city administration has done, in partnership with The Salvation Army and The Welcome Centre has done to support the most vulnerable residents in our City during the global pandemic. They are frontline workers, providing direct social services and support and help provide a sense of dignity and kindness to those experiencing homelessness in Windsor.” Drew Dilkens, Mayor – City of Windsor.

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