First Shelter for Abused Men & Kids


We're so grateful that with your generous support, we've reached our initial goal of raising $50,000 - funds which have now been matched dollar for dollar! 

But if you haven't contributed yet, you still have a chance to donate now and be a part of this special moment. Additional funds translates into a bigger shelter that will support many more families in need, along with improved services that will help men and children heal and rebuild their lives.

We have also now approached municipal and provincial government agencies for financial support, asking them to come in and match the funds we're raising privately. So please keep donating so we can leverage your contributions towards increased government funding as we move forward to open Toronto's first Family Shelter for Abused Men and Children.


We're working to open Toronto's first shelter for male victims of domestic abuse - and their children. Will you be a part of this historic campaign?

Breaking News: Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation, funded by the Toronto Real Estate Board, awards us a $10,000 Grant!

All donations receive a charity receipt, which means you could get up to 40% back in tax benefits. 

For a backgrounder on this project, click here.


Hello and welcome to the Canadian Centre for Men and Families. The Centre has become a place of hope and transformation for boys, men and fathers in our community who often come to us when no other support is available.  And now we and they need you. 

Since we opened our doors, every day we get calls from men desperately searching for a safe haven from an abusive partner. Many of these callers are fathers with children and they have no place to go.

Steve Dolk: The Impossible Situation for Abused Fathers. Watch the video at

Now imagine you and your child live each day in fear of violence, but no one believes you because you're a man. That is the situation for thousands of fathers every year.  Although it may be hard to believe, Statistics Canada data and sociological research is clear: men suffer domestic abuse at rates comparable to women, yet their access to vital support services including crisis centres and emergency counselling is almost non-existent.

The critical missing piece are domestic abuse shelters for fathers and children. Single father families are the fastest growing family form in Canada. Yet while the caregiving role of dads quickly expands, fathers who are suffering violence in the home still have no safe place where they can escape with their children.

If governments are reluctant to step up then it’s time for you and I to lead by example. That’s what an amazing team of philanthropists did when they donated an initial $150,000 to build Toronto’s first Family Shelter for Abused Men and Children.

This could be the game changer we’ve been waiting for, but only if we each take the initiative.

In the last few years, shelters for abused men and children have begun to pop up in small towns in places like Arkansas and Texas, but if we’re successful here we will open the first shelter for abused men and children in any metropolitan municipality in North America.

If we're successful we can be the lifeline for so many families in desperate need of help. If we’re successful the effects will be felt far beyond Toronto for we will have sparked a critical change in the conversation around gender and victimization, and that means more support for all vulnerable families. 

This is is your chance to guarantee that success and to be a part of this landmark initiative. 

The time has come for all of us to take a bold step. Your support is absolutely critical for us to capitalize on the foundation that has been built.  

That’s why we are asking you to please make a gift at this time and to and work with us to bring the first shelter for abused men and children to Canada’s largest city. All donations receive a charity receipt, which means you could get up to 40% back in tax benefits.

We are offering a variety of rewards for different levels of contribution. Please note that you will receive all rewards both at your level and at all levels below.

Thank you so for your interest. We are eager to join forces with you on a special project that will greatly improve many lives.

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