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Ernestine's Women's Shelter

Contact Information
Office Phone 416-743-1733
TTY Phone 416-746-3716
Crisis Phone 416-746-3701
Fax 416-743-1732
Primary Contact Laverne Blake, Manager of Programs; Phone: 416-743-1733 ext 2043; Email:
Agency Information
Description (Agency) Registered Charity
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Primary Executive Sharlene Tygesen, Executive Director; Phone: 416-743-1733 ext 2012; Email:
Funding United Way - United Way Greater Toronto
Description and Service Details
Description (Service) COVID-19 -- shelter still operating * food care packages for vulnerable women and families * crisis line 24/7, counselling and safety planning


Emergency shelter * capacity 32 * counselling, advocacy, referrals * follow up * court and immigration escort * children's program and counselling * legal and housing assistance * Transitional Housing and Support Program, including outreach * speakers bureau
Hours Crisis line -- Mon-Sun 24 hours
Areas Served Durham Region ; Halton Region ; Peel Region ; Toronto ; York Region
Boundaries Greater Toronto Area
Eligibility Women, with or without children, coming from abusive situations
Application Call first for details regarding vacancies and admission procedure
Languages English ; French - interpreters ; American Sign Language (ASL) ; Arabic ; Bosnian ; Chinese (Cantonese) ; Chinese (Mandarin) ; Farsi ; German ; Gujarati ; Hindi ; Italian ; Korean ; Ojibway ; Polish ; Portuguese ; Punjabi ; Romanian ; Russian ; Slovenian ; Somali ; Spanish ; Tamil ; Twi ; Ukrainian ; Urdu ; West Indian dialects ; Access to interpreters for other languages
Fees None
Site Information
Located In Community Toronto Downtown Central
Address & Map
Toronto, ON
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Mailing Address Box 141 
Stn B 
Toronto, ON M9W 5K9
Physical Access Wheelchair accessible automatic main entrance ; Easy access to elevator ; Elevator with braille and voice/tone features - lowered buttons ; Barrier-free washroom including door and stall ; Service dogs accommodated
Categories and Classification
HCSD Main Heading Abuse / Assault ; Child / Family Services ; Emergency / Crisis ; Housing / Shelter
HCSD Sub Heading Counselling for Abused Women ; Crisis Lines for Abuse / Violence ; Crisis Lines for Abused Women ; Domestic Abuse ; Domestic Abuse Crisis Services ; Shelter for Abused Women ; Shelters for Abuse ; Transitional Housing ; Victims of Abuse Support Programs ; Victims of Crime Support Programs
Service Categories Crime Victim Safety Planning ~ Abused Women ; Domestic Violence Hotlines ; Domestic Violence Shelters ; Spouse/Intimate Partner Abuse Counselling ; Spouse/Intimate Partner Abuse Prevention ; Transitional Housing/Shelter ~ Abused Women

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