Chrysalis Society




Each year, minimally 300 women contact Chrysalis to waitlist for residence in one of our three recovery homes.  On average, only 100 a year are able to secure placement in one of the 28 beds we have to offer.  New Dawn, our first-stage stabilization program for women coming out of detox, has the highest demand, with upwards of 200 women per year seeking placement in one of the 10 beds there. 

Despite an ever-increasing need and demand for the women-specific (not co-ed) services generally, and the addictions and mental health residential care and supports Chrysalis provides specifically, women’s resources continually contend with funding reductions or outright elimination.  As a grassroots women’s organization, and the only feminist-based organization left in our region, Chrysalis simply cannot continue to operate without the invaluable support of our community.


For the Women:

  • 1-Zone Bus Tickets
  • Umbrellas
  • Socks / Outerwear
  • Slippers
  • Toiletries
  • Journals
  • Day-Planners

Program Wish List:

  • Knitting supplies 
  • Arts/Craft supplies
  • Meditation / Affirmation books
  • Spiral Notebooks
  • Women’s Way Through the 12 Steps (books and/or audio)
  • Women’s 16 Steps of Discovery & Empowerment (books and/or audio)

Home Comforts Wish List:

  • Quilts, Bedding/Sheet Sets (Twin Size), & Fluffy Pillows
  • Blankets & Throws
  • Home Décor Items
  • Indoor & Outdoor Plants

Sponsored Items/Service Wish-List:

  • Office Supplies
  • Printing/Copying
  • Landscaping/Gardening
  • Home Renovation/Repair
  • Computers/Tech Support

Home-Start-Up Supports for our Program Graduates:

  • $25 - $50 Gift Cards (Grocery, Dollar Store)

The majority of women accessing our programs are homeless when they come into our homes.  When they graduate and secure their own, independent housing, many have literally nothing more than the bags they came into our programs with.  Home start-up support is essential for women who are creating new lives in recovery: gift-cards are a fantastic gift & go a very long way in supporting them! 


"Remember, there's no such thing as a small act ofkindness... every act of kindness creates a ripple with no logical end."~ Scott Adams 

Financial Support:

  • DART Program (Donating Access to Rapid Transit) $40.50/month  *Donor Goal: 20* - Women in recovery are always on the move! Just 19 more people contributing $40.50/month gives 10 women in our homes a monthly bus pass & access to the critical transportation they require to get to & from the many appointments that are essential to their health & recovery! 

  • GROW Program (Gatherings & Rejoicing Opportunities for Women) $25-$50/month  *Donor Goal: 50* - New, healthy & joyful drug-free experiences are critical as women heal from addiction & violence!  Just 48 more people contributing $25-$50/month gives the 28 women in our homes outings during the year & fun celebrations at Easter, Thanksgiving & Halloween!
  • HEART Program (Healing, Empowerment, and Recovery Transitions) $50-$100+/month *Donor Goal: 50* - When women heal & recover, children, families & communities heal & recover too: healing for one truly is healing for many!  50 contributions of $50-$100+/month from our community will be an awesome show of support for our small, grassroots women's organization, & will go an incredibly long way in making a real difference in the lives of the women we serve!!  
  • PLANNED GIVING: planned gifts are funded from accumulated resources or assets, rather than income. Chrysalis Society can arrange several means of giving which will allow you to make a gift in the future while receiving tax benefits immediately... whether it's cash, securities, life insurance, real estate or gifts in kind, a well-planned gift ensures your giving impacts women's lives in a way that has meaning for you.  
  • DONATE A CAR CANADA ACCEPTS VEHICLE DONATIONS:  for Chrysalis Society.  Free towing is provided in most areas across Canada, or you can drop off your vehicle to maximize your donation. When you donate your car, truck, RV, boat, or motorcycle to Chrysalis Society through Donate A Car Canada, it will either be recycled or sold at auction (depending on its condition, age and location). Donate a Car Canada will look after all the details to make it easy for Chrysalis Society to benefit. After your vehicle donation is complete, our charity will send you a tax receipt and will put your gift to good use.  Please click here to donate a vehicle.

Chrysalis Society is a registered, charitable, non-profit organization and tax receipts are given for all contributions of $20 or more. Our charitable registration number is 89000 2868 RR0001.  Contribute any amount anytime via Canada Helps or send cheques (made payable to Chrysalis Society) directly to our Head Office. All donors will be publicly acknowledged unless requests for anonymity are made.


To join one of the monthly giving programs above, identify which program you wish your contributions to support either through your Canada Helps registration, or as notations on pre-dated cheques (12/year) sent to our Head Office.

Our heartfelt gratitude and thanks go to everyone in our community who works with us support women's empowerment over addiction, violence and poverty!  Children, families, communities... everyone benefits immeasurably when women recover!


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Helpful Resources

For Friends & Families of the Addict:

Resource Referral:

Treatment Centres:

Licensed Support-Recovery:

Family Supports
Other Women's Resources:

Holistic Health Resources:

Life-Coach/Anger Mgt:

Life & Relationship Coach:

Community in Recovery: