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TOH Nurses Support Nelson House This Year


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Each Nursing Week, the Nursing Week Work Group, in collaboration with the Social Work Department, chooses a community organization that serves our patient population and those in need. This year we are pleased to recognize and support Nelson House of Ottawa Carleton.

What they do: Nelson House is a non-profit shelter that provides safety for women and children who are being abused while working towards ending violence against women. Its Crisis Line answers more than 1,500 calls annually and Nelson House provides emergency shelter in a 15-bed residence for up to 10 weeks. On average, 150 women and their children seek emergency shelter at Nelson House every year.  Nelson House provides information on safety planning, access to community services, and a safe place to stay. They facilitate access and referrals to other services like financial support, counseling, housing, and medical and legal services. Their Children’s Program provides parenting support, respite care and activities for children. Transitional support workers ensure women are connected to community services for continuing support before they leave Nelson House.

How we can help: Awareness is the first step. Spread the word to colleagues! Donations of the following items for women and children are appreciated.

  • New items: pyjamas, slippers, light footwear (such as flip flops), towels, sheets, blankets (twin or double), soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, nail clippers, razors, feminine hygiene products, incontinence supplies, hair brushes
  • Used items: coats for all seasons and other gently used clothing
  • Food items: canned protein (tuna, chicken breast, salmon, ham), rice, quinoa, couscous, barley, whole grain pasta, flour, yeast, baking supplies, sugar and sugar alternatives, canned tomatoes and other vegetables, soup, chilli, stew, grocery gift cards or grocery vouchers

Where to drop off donations: At the Nursing Professional Practice Departments at the General and Civic campuses, and at the Nursing Skills Fair:

  • Civic Campus, May 13, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • General Campus, May 14, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Riverside Campus, May 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

You can also contact Marney Cooper to drop off donations.

Spread the word, challenge each other or start a friendly competition with another unit or program. Let’s show Nelson House the huge hearts of TOH nurses!

For more information, visit or contact Marney Cooper, Nursing Week Work Group Community Event Coordinator, by emailing or calling 613-722-7000 ext. 71537 or 13728.


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