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Dawn House


965 Milford Dr

Hours of Operation:

Monday - 9:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday - 9:00am - 7:00pm
Wednesday - 9:00am - 7:00pm
Thursday - 9:00am - 5:00pm
Friday - 9:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday - 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday - 10:00am - 6:00pm

Cause: Poverty Alleviation


Maggie McLaren


[email protected]

About Us:

We provide safe, affordable supportive housing and transitional housing for women and provide services that support women living in poverty. We believe that no one chooses to be homeless and that safe, affordable housing is a fundamental human right. Homeless women are entitled to be treated with empathy and dignity and without judgment. We support a woman's right to unrestricted access to information & services and support her in her right to exercise her choices. 

Dawn House is expanding services to include supportive long-term housing and transitional/congregate housing in a wellness-centered environment with on-site supports to meet individual needs.

 We strive, not just to house, but to improve the quality of life for every woman we serve.

Our Services:

  • Permanent and affordable Supportive Housing for women
  • Transitional Housing for women
  • Advocacy and Counselling
  • Individualized and group programming, workshops and supports
  • System navigation and community mapping
  • Basic necessities - food, clothing, personal care products and "a whole lot of love"
  • Life skills including - coping, budgeting, cooking, cleaning, sewing, goal setting and more
  • Wellness programming
  • Community outreach

Spread the Love Boutique:

Spread the Love Boutique is the result of funding received from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, to explore and develop a Social Enterprise. The Boutique opened in 2018 and supports the Dawn House Mission and is a platform for women living in poverty to learn transferable retail employment skills within a supported employment program.

The Social Enterprise was developed as a way to generate funds that financially support Dawn House and the women that they serve. The concept of the Boutique was an idea that was brought to us by a supporter in the community during our research and development phase. After we completed our market research it became a dream not just an idea. "Spread the Love" was a slogan used by Dawn House for years and it was felt that the Boutique would be a platform where women could Spread the Love to other women.

Spread the Love Boutique specializes in selling previously loved designer wedding and formal dresses at a fraction of the actual purchase price. Dresses have been donated or placed on consignment giving us an inventory of over 200 designer dresses for brides, bridesmaids, mothers'-of-the-brides, flower girls, and dresses for prom.

Our Story:

Dawn House Women’s Shelter was founded in 1986 in response to a housing crisis in the City of Kingston. A diverse group of community individuals and organizations contributed to the setup and establishment as a non-profit, charitable organization that would provide a 24-hour crisis line and emergency shelter, support and resources for women over the age of 16, with or without children.

Due to funding changes Dawn House Women's Shelter closed it doors as a shelter in 2016. With the determination, fast thinking and commitment of those involved with the agency, Dawn House was able to adjust and adapt and re-opened in 2017 in a new location providing Transitional and Long Term Supportive Housing.

The first group of women took up residence in the new Dawn House in October of 2017 while Dawn House was still a work in progress. There are still renovations to be completed but most of the work inside and outside of the building is done.

Building supportive affordable housing for sixteen women was the first step in a more ambitious plan to help end homelessness in Kingston by providing more affordable housing for women of all ages.

Since its inception in 1986, there have been over 6,000 stays.

Mission Statement:

Our mission is that all women in Kingston get access to safe, affordable, and accessible housing.

Our goal is to support women, build community, and make a difference