Empowering Our Community - Enbridge United Way Community Investment Project

A Safe Place; A Shelter for Abused Women and their Children, in Strathcona County, was the recipient of the Enbridge Community Investment Project. As a United Way funded partner, they received a one-time $50,000 gift from Enbridge, as well as the volunteer expertise of Enbridge employees to lead a project to make much needed upgrades to their office space.

Enbridge’s long-time partnership with United Way extends back to 1969. In that time, Enbridge and its employees have empowered our community through multiple community renovations projects like this one, as well as, jointly contributing over $15 million to local Alberta Capital Region programs and services.

As a result of Enbridge’s outstanding contribution, the shelter received: 

  • A renovated storage room with upgraded shelving units;
  • A renovated staff office;
  • Installation of televisions and new bedding in each of the client rooms;
  • Furniture for the shelter's expansion into a new unit which offers second stage housing;
  • Custom artwork provided to the shelter from an Enbridge employee who is also a local artist 

The impact of this project will provide staff with greater capacity to help residents, as well as, improve the living environment making it more inviting and enjoyable for women and children in a time of crisis.

Thank you to Enbridge and Enbridge employees for your tremendous commitment to our community.

A Safe Place

A Safe Place provides emergency accommodation for women and their children fleeing domestic violence. They provide 24 hour crisis support, for up to 21 days, including counselling, child care, emergency transportation, and outreach services. A Safe Place also offers a phone line for people experiencing violence, elder abuse and for victims of human trafficking.  

In 2016, A Safe Place supported 727 clients (including 369 children and youth) from Strathcona County, Fort Saskatchewan, Edmonton and surrounding areas. In addition, over 2,000 calls were answered on their crisis line. Visit http://asafeplace.website/

Alarmingly, the number of reported cases of domestic violence continues to increase in our region. In 2016, there were approximately 8,715 events throughout the city that had a domestic violence component.  Alberta leads the provinces in incidences of domestic assault, homicide-suicide, and stalking and has the third highest number of domestic homicides.  At least one in four children in Alberta will witness their mother being abused and 70% of those children are also abused.  (Source: Edmonton Police Service and Today Family Violence Centre.)  

Community Investment Projects

United Way identifies the needs in the community, convenes partners, such as Enbridge, and acts as a project liaison in the spirit of collaboration and for the purpose of achieving positive outcomes for vulnerable populations.