Joyce Kope House is the agency’s 27-bed safe residence for women, and is the only Community Residential Facility (halfway house) north of Toronto for federally and provincially sentenced women. Joyce Kope House provides women under parole supervision to Correctional Services Canada and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services the opportunity to live and work in the community during a period of reintegration.Joyce Kope House also provides a Bail Bed Program for women experiencing mental health and addiction challenges who would otherwise be held in custody.
Joyce Kope House is the only transitional shelter in the City of Barrie for women experiencing homelessness. On average, the shelter houses over 460 women each year, providing a safe, secure and supportive environment for women from all walks of life. Women can self-refer into our shelter, or may be discharged from mental health facilities, seeking safety from abuse, going to/from treatment centres, released from correctional institutions, overflow from other shelters, seniors without housing or women living on the streets.
While residing at Joyce Kope House, women participate in life skills activities and receive guidance and support from dedicated staff during this difficult period of transition. Residents are strongly encouraged to participate in community programs to ensure they have ongoing support after they leave the shelter.
In addition to self-referrals, Joyce Kope House receives referrals from: community agencies, courts, institutions, shelters, hospitals, withdrawal management centres, treatment facilities, probation and parole services, police officers, friends/family, and Barrie Out Of The Cold (BOOTC).
Women looking ot access shelter at Joyce Kope House can do so by calling 705.725.0613 or arriving at 102 Maple Avenue in Barrie.
Building on Women’s Strengths Program (BOWS)
The Building on Women’s Strengths program provides support and advocacy to current and past residents of Joyce Kope House.