The Elora House story is one of collaboration; it is the bedrock of who we are as an organization.
We recognize – and ultimately, aim to complement – the many organizations and community partners that are working to combat sex-trafficking in our community. As such, our team is comprised of a cross-section of community members and organizations.
The concept of Elora House stemmed from a local conference held by Guelph Police and Victim Services, Wellington, where access to safe housing was identified as a significant barrier for human trafficking survivors. From there, a dream was formed; a dream to offer not only safe housing for survivors, but a chance for a new life. A space that allows for transformation and restoration; for the hope of a life free from modern slavery.
To provide safe housing and support for women exploited by sex trafficking.
Elora House provides short-term housing and support to women exploited by sex trafficking and seek to help them make healthy, informed decisions for their own life.
We do this by offering temporary safe housing and provide for the emotional and physical needs of women experiencing crisis as a result of sex trafficking. We also provide access to educational and support services, life-skills training and advocacy.
We would like to acknowledge our wonderful dedicated volunteer team. Their heart and their energy makes Elora House a meaningful place of hope.
A SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR
Our donors, of many who wish to remain anonymous, have provided crucial economic elements to the home which have helped turn a vision into reality
OUR DEDICATED TEAM OF
Our staff team is comprised of a group of passionate and professional front line workers who bring supportive programming into action with care.
Our Steering Committee
Elora House is Governed by a Team of Community Members, including those in Public Health, Social Services, Spiritual Care and the broader business community.
Liz brings 32-years of social enterprise experience in Guelph-Wellington County. Serving as the current Executive Director of Victim Services Wellington, Liz works closely with local police forces to assist human trafficking survivors in the community; finding them safe shelter; and, connecting them with local supports. At an event co-hosted by Guelph Police and Victim Services, safe and available housing was identified a significant barrier to the recovery of human trafficking survivors, as such, Liz is encouraged by the work of the Elora House project.
Luisa is a Pastor at Elora Road Christian Fellowship and an advocate for women. Her desire is to see women reach their God-given potential and to realize their worth as seen through the eyes of their creator. Her mandate as a Spiritual Advisor is to facilitate freedom for women who have suffered abuse.
Patty is a retired Police Officer with direct experience in supporting human trafficking survivors and bringing perpetrators to justice. Through her work, she witnessed firsthand how a lack of safe housing in the region has impeded the recovery of victims and challenged the community’s ability to prevent further victimization. Patty joins the Elora House project with the conviction that only when Survivors feel safe, can agencies such as the police effectively work to tackle the monumental issue of human trafficking.
Laura owns and operates The Grainary, a bakery which endeavors to provide employment experience and skills development to human trafficking survivors. All proceeds are invested into programs that support survivors. Laura co-founded Beacon of Hope, a Cambridge-based organization that brings light to the issue of Human Trafficking across High schools, Universities and Church groups. Her passion is to see survivors move forward in healthy ways.
As a local Insurance Adviser and entrepreneur, Jennifer brings over 10-years of risk management and business experience to the Elora House project. In her business, Jennifer has endeavored to work closely with social enterprises and understand the unique risks that they face. Jennifer is also a strong advocate for women and actively seeks out opportunities to invest in women’s freedom, security and wellness.
Betty is the Program Facilitator for Guelph-Wellington Care & Treatment Center for Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence. The Center's team of professionals specialize in caring for persons who have experienced sexual assault and/or domestic violence and/or human trafficking. Betty brings over 30-years experience in the health sector and is committed to integrating trauma informed practices into survivor supported care. Betty is passionate about supporting Elora House in engaging survivors to heal both physically and emotionally.
Nicole Hodgson, Program Director
Nicole brings a background in International Development and human rights advocacy. She has an experienced career as a frontline advocate for domestic violence and sex trafficking survivors. Through her support roles and crisis line experience it has become evident the barriers and risks for women fleeing violence when there are limited safe spaces to go to. With great enthusiasm and passion Nicole brings her trauma informed, anti-racism and anti-oppressive lens, to the frontlines of Elora House.
Monique Ekres, Assistant Program Director & Director of Communications