Our History

In 1981, concerned citizens from Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, and rural Strathcona County met to assess and understand the danger and impact of domestic violence in our community.

Upon learning the depth of the problem, they took action and united as the Strathcona Shelter Society Ltd. in May of 1982. On July 19th of the same year, the group officially incorporated as a nonprofit organization. Just two years later, in July of 1984, A Safe Place opened its doors to women and children seeking shelter, safety, and supports to overcome domestic violence and sexual assault. Safe Talk, originally a program of A Safe Place, provided support to victims of sexual assault. As the demands for both domestic violence and sexual assault services increased, A Safe Place expanded programming to include community outreach, an Elder Abuse Line, public education, and supports for victims of Human Trafficking. SAFFRON emerged as our region’s provider for sexual assault services and support.

Since opening its doors to community 1982, A Safe Place has sheltered more than 25,000 women and children.

A Safe Place operates on Treaty 6 First Nations territory and the home of the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 4. A traditional meeting grounds, gathering place, and traveling route to the Cree, Saulteaux (So-toe), Métis, Dene (De-nay), and Nakota Sioux (Sue), we acknowledge the many Frist Nation, Métis, and Inuit who have marked these lands for centuries. 

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Our Beliefs

  • All individuals have the right to security and protection under the law.
  • All individuals have the right to live free from abuse.
  • No one should have to remain in an abusive home due to a lack of resources.
  • Everyone has the right to make informed choices about their lives and future.  
  • Our families have the right to privacy, unless the interest or safety of individual members and/or the community is at risk.  
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