Programs and Services

Lakeside Haven

Mother and daughter kayaking on rural lake, close up

Lakeside Haven is a retreat held at Camp Yowochas for women and children who have experienced family violence and are currently living in a shelter.

The retreat offers these families a safe, nurturing space to heal as a family, while exploring new activities, like:

  • canoeing
  • kayaking
  • archery
  • zip-lining
  • bouldering
  • trust-building games
  • nightly family-time campfires

The difference Lakeside Haven makes

Lakeside Haven is an opportunity for families to improve emotional, social, and physical well-being by providing safe, supportive, high-quality experiences in a healthy outdoor space.

The women and children who attend experience both short- and long-term benefits, knowing they can heal, have hope, and be a family again, free from the threat of violence.

Lakeside Haven is generously supported by Union 52 Benevolent Society.

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Who can attend Lakeside Haven

Wings of Providence clients

Lakeside Haven is specifically for women and children at Wings of Providence. A long-time partner of YWCA Edmonton, Wings of Providence is a second-stage women’s shelter providing 6 months of safe, transitional housing with supportive programs.


Living free from violence for approximately 6 months is crucial to the effectiveness of the Lakeside Haven retreat experience. At this juncture, families are no longer embroiled in daily violence and, therefore, are more receptive to respite, healing, and learning new coping skills.

Want more information?

Contact Camp Yowochas.

“Lakeside Haven was very important to me and my children. My children have been through so much. Hearing them laugh, watching them let loose and learn to trust, to be kids again, was so valuable to me. They also got to watch their mom overcome her fears, and that helped me discover a more confident version of myself that I didn’t know existed. This was literally the best weekend of our lives; it meant the world to us.”

— Lakeside Haven Mom

Help more families heal

Donate to Lakeside Haven so we can offer the program to even more women and children living at Wings of Providence, and expand it into other areas of need.

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