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Shelter Movers Ottawa

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What we do

Shelter Movers Ottawa is a volunteer-powered charitable organization providing moving and storage services at no cost to people experiencing abuse. This year, we celebrated a bittersweet milestone having served over 1,000 clients. We’re proud to have made a difference in so many lives. The need for our services is great, and has only grown with the pandemic. This number serves as a reminder of the prevalence of abuse in our community. We believe that everyone is entitled to a safe life, free of violence.

We’re currently expanding further into South Eastern Ontario, and kicked off our expansion this year in Lanark County. We’re committed to serving all survivors of gender-based violence, and recognize that women in rural areas are more likely to experience gender-based violence while having less access to support. Our goal is to change that by removing the barriers to leaving.

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How you can help


Your donation helps survivors get a fresh start at a new life. It’s through your support that we are able to train volunteers to facilitate life-changing work. Your donation means children can fall asleep knowing they are in a safe home. A $250 donation covers the true cost of one move including vehicle rentals, fuel, insurance, packing supplies, storage and volunteer training. Since we began our services in Ottawa in 2017, we’ve moved more than 1,000 survivors to safety and we are working hard to support 1,000 more. Whether you are a one-time or monthly donor, or a business looking to support the community in a bigger way, you can help make that happen.


Create a lasting, positive change in your community. Join our incredible community of volunteers and start having an immediate, lasting impact on the lives of people living in your community. Give back, make friends, learn new skills and help shape the future of Shelter Movers Ottawa and Eastern Ontario. Current opportunities include mover/driver, intake/move co-ordinator, marketing and communications support and fundraising.


Our annual event, Moving Stories, creates a journey for our guests to experience our story. This 5 à 7 takes place in late September where our guests will enjoy an evening of cocktails and refreshments, live music, a silent auction and more while supporting our expansion initiatives.

Our Mother’s Day campaign each year focuses on celebrating and supporting the moms who are also survivors of gender-based violence. This fundraising campaign encourages donors to make a contribution in honour of their mother for other mothers. The campaign runs the first two weeks of May each year.

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Local business partnerships also help us achieve our goals. We work with a wide range of service providers who discount or donate services to keep our costs low. For example, GardaWorld provides security support at no cost when needed and Mini Mall Storage is supporting our rural expansion with complimentary storage units. We also develop unique partnerships with local businesses and organizations such as Atlético Ottawa who are helping to raise awareness and provide fundraising opportunities with fans through the creation of a third jersey dedicated to Shelter Movers Ottawa.

Going the Distance, supporting survivors when they need us, where they need us.

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Shelter Movers Ottawa c/o Staples Studio

403 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON  K2P 1Y6

1-855-203-6252 ext. 2

Year founded: 2017

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $262,689

Facebook: @sheltermoversottawa

Instagram: @sheltermoversottawa

Twitter: @sheltermovers

Wendy Mitchell, Chapter Director (Ottawa)

Marc Hull Jacquin, Founder & CEO (National)


Danielle Muise , Board chair

Christina Topp, Board Member

Gabrielle Peacock, Board Member

Natalie Stuart, Board Member

Amanda Liscio, Board Member

Evan Risko, Board Member

Danielle Adler, Board Member

Aneta Filiciak, Board Member

Peter Obradovich , Secretary

Reema Chheda, Treasurer


Ottawa and surrounding counties