Society of St. Vincent De Paul
St Lawrence Conference
"Turning Concern into Action"


Special Works - Elisa House

Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Elisa House

Our history:

  • Elisa House opened in December of 2001 as a 38 bed combination transitional housing program and emergency shelter for women. We are presently able to accommodate 38 residents.

Our mandate:

  • To provide short and long term accommodations to women aged 18 years of age and older who experience difficulty in attaining and/or maintaining permanent housing;
  • To provide a safe environment, nutritious meals and meet the basic needs of women in our residence;
  • To assist women in identifying their individual goals and to provide the support and access to the resources required to meet these goals;
  • To encourage each woman's independence, competence, and self-esteem;
  • To ensure the women in our care are treated in a fair and consistent manner, and are provided with opportunities to voice their concerns without fear of negative consequences;
  • To provide an environment that is free from labels, judgments, oppression, discrimination and violence of any type;
  • To ensure that staff support is available on-site on a 24 hour basis.

The Characteristics and needs of residents:

  • Elisa House provides service to women who have are experiencing emotional issues, as well as addiction, mental health, abuse, immigration and poverty;
  • Residents are offered client-centered case planning, supportive counseling, crisis intervention, appropriate referrals, advocacy and life skills training;
  • Many of the residents have addiction and mental health issues that have directly influenced their ability to maintain family units, employment and permanent housing.


  • Acting Director - Eyitayo Dada
  • Program Manager - Marilyn McCulloch
  • (416) 259-0865

24 Hour staffing includes:

  • Full time, part time and relief Re-establishment 
  • Counselors
  • Community Living facilitator
  • Program Manager
  • Director

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