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The Tamitik Status of Women Association (TSW) was incorporated in December of 1996 and is responsible to a Board of Directors that operates under a Constitution and By-Laws.  TSW is an active agency that provides programs and services for individuals and families focused on the intervention and prevention of violence against women, youth, and children, as well as poverty issues in our community. We began as a grass-roots organization of women who shared their experiences and supported each other.

TSW has a variety of services, which are currently funded through; BC Housing, the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General: Victim Services and Crime Prevention Division, the Ministry of Finance: Gaming Policy and Enforcement Division, the Kitimat Community Foundation, local businesses, and individual donors. TSW current services include:

  • Community Vitality Index, a partnership with the University of Guelph
  • Day Shelter
    • Food Share
  • Discovering Healthy Relationships (PEACE)
  • Dunmore Place Transition House
  • Homeless Prevention Program
  • Outreach and Supportive Counsellor
  • Support Services UP:
    • Angel Tree (Christmas gift service)
    • Back-to-School
    • Free Store
    • Furniture Exchange
    • Hygiene and Baby Needs (Anti-Poverty)
  • Women’s 2nd Stage Housing Program
  • Women’s Counselling (Stopping the Violence)

TSW would like to thank the many individuals and businesses in Kitimat that support our programs and services both with financial and in-kind donations.

Mission Statement: We are committed to promoting a healthy community by offering ongoing support, programs, education and opportunities while prioritizing equality and safety.

Mandate: TSW provides programs and services for individuals and families who are affected by social issues, including housing security, with emphasis on addressing violence against women, youth, and children and alleviating the pressures of poverty. TSW puts great value on supporting local Indigenous Communities who are disproportionately affected by poverty, violence, and intergenerational trauma throughout all its work.

Values: TSW works from a non-judgmental, feminist, client-based lens that employs harm-reduction methods to best serve marginalized populations that are disproportionately affected by gendered-based, systemic, and/or social issues by meeting clients where they are at and having them lead how they want to better their life situations. All services are free to be as low-barrier as possible to ensure successful engagement with the community’s most vulnerable and often most apprehensive populations.