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History

My Sister's Place came into being as a result of a small group of concerned community members coming together in 1977 to discuss issues of growing concern within Alliston.

One of the key problems identified, was how to address the needs of women who were presenting themselves at local churches, the hospital and other agencies suffering from physical and emotional abuse. From these meetings a Steering Group was created. Statistical information was gathered from Stats Can, the provincial government of the day, local police detachments and from health agencies.

All of this gathered information proved that abuse was widespread in this area, and appeared to be growing worse. At this point, members of the Steering Group approached the municipal governments and requested support to open a women's shelter. While seeking financial support, it was more important that acknowledgement be given this widespread problem. The Ministry of Community and Social Services were very supportive of a women's shelter during this period. Through their direction, a different kind of agency was established known as the Contact Information Agency. This agency was a community-based agency, run by a volunteer board with an executive director, and initially it provided women with a “Listening Ear", contact numbers and community referrals to other agencies. The committed group of like minded individuals persevered and in 1987 the agency called “People In Transition” was incorporated, and a house was bought on Albert street in Alliston. In May 1987, My Sister's Place opened.

Since 1987, My Sister's Place has evolved significantly in order to meet the demands of the communities it serves. More programs and services, along with professional staff were added to meet the needs of the women and their children as well as expansion of their services to all of the South Simcoe area. Today the organization continues to grow with outreach programs as well as transitional and affordable housing supports. The legal name remains as “People in Transition (Alliston) Inc.”, however the organization is better known as My Sister's Place.


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