CHADWIC is an acronym which stands for Chapleau, Hornepayne, Algoma District Women In Crisis, indicating the areas of service of the organization. It was established in 1985 after a women’s group called “Herizons” completed a “Needs Study” which determined there was a need for a shelter for abused women and their children in the North Algoma and Chapleau areas.
The findings of the “Needs Study” coincided with a provincial government initiative to build Family Resource Centres in Northern Ontario. The Family Resource Centres (FRCs) were being built with funding from the provincial government. The ongoing operation funding would be shared through the provincial and municipal governments and by the District Social Services Administration Boards.
The municipality of Michipicoten was the sponsoring or administrative body for CHADWIC Home. There was also an Advisory Committee which advised the municipality on the operations of the program.
In 1991, the Advisory Committee sought incorporation status and became the new Board of Directors of CHADWIC Home, Inc.
Since its opening, CHADWIC Home has expanded its services to include Outreach to the entire service area, a Transitional Housing and Support Program, and Support Groups for Women and Children. CHADWIC Home has taken a leading role in the organization of local events such as “Take Back the Night”, “International Women’s Day”, “December 6th, National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women”.
CHADWIC Home also provides public awareness and education on the issue of the abuse of women, through presentations and workshops. The Neighbours, Friends, and Families, and Kanawayhitowin Public Education Campaigns, are coordinated in the North Algoma area through CHADWIC Home.