Partnering with Shelter Movers to Take Action Against Gender-Based Violence

The relationships we have with our clients and partners make our work possible and inspire us to give our very best. It is an honor and a privilege to power purpose and impact for organizations around the world, and we are committed to furthering social purpose.

Each year, we contribute a portion of our annual profits to a nonprofit organization and the selection is guided by staff. Financial support is essential, but there is so much more that can be done when a true partnership is formed.

To support our team’s vision for change, we donated to Shelter Movers, and will be building a deeper partnership with the organization. Shelter Movers is a national, volunteer-powered charity that provides moving and storage services at no cost to individuals and families leaving abusive homes. Every day, thousands of survivors face the prospect of losing everything they own if they flee their abuser. As allies to Shelter Movers, our team will also provide assistance to families as they transition to a life free of violence.

Shelter Movers removes barriers to new beginnings

The only service of its kind in Canada, Shelter Movers works in collaboration with local businesses and community agencies to help survivors of gender-based violence transition to a better, safer life.

Many people countrywide face gender-based violence every day, be it specifically due to their gender, gender expression, gender identity, or perceived gender. While violence affects people of all ages, genders, religions, cultures, ethnicities, geographic locations, and socioeconomic backgrounds, women are more likely to experience intimate partner violence. Every year, more than 100,000 cases of intimate partner violence are reported in Canada¹ and in 2021, a woman or girl was killed every other day², most often by an intimate partner or family member. The home is the most likely place for violence to occur.

When survivors are considering whether to flee their abuser, significant barriers stand in their way: the emotional aspect of losing precious items and keepsakes, instability, and loss of normalcy for children; the high financial costs of moving, storing, or replacing expensive belongings such as furniture, clothing, and appliances; and the elevated risk of violence, including femicide, in the six months following the end of the relationship. Making the decision to move takes courage and Shelter Movers is there to coordinate everything from movers, drivers, and vehicles, to security, storage, pet fostering, and language interpreters. All at no cost.

The only service of its kind in Canada, Shelter Movers works in collaboration with local businesses and community agencies to help survivors of gender-based violence transition to a better, safer life.
Our partnership

Shelter Movers is powered by volunteers. Over the past six years, 2,200 volunteers have safely moved 5,000 individuals and families across seven cities throughout Canada. reSolved’s donation will cover the cost of moving 50 families to a safe, violence-free home. More than donating a portion of our annual profits, this partnership is an opportunity for our team members to be involved in a cause they care about. Some of our team members will be trained to provide hands-on support for moves, while others will volunteer professional skills – IT, marketing, logistics, and more – to meet Shelter Movers’ growing operational needs as they continue to increase access to services throughout Canada.

Learn more about Shelter Movers here.

¹ Stats Canada, 2019
² Canadian Femicide Observatory, 2022

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