Our History

During the mid-1970’s, a group of local families would take in women and children who were victims of domestic abuse and provide them with shelter within their homes. When the abusers of these women found out where they were staying, they would often show up at these homes and demand to see the women. Often times, it would result in threats of physical harm and sometimes damage to the homes of these providers of goodwill.

As a result, the Fort McMurray Family Crisis Society was established in 1982 to provide services for individuals affected by family violence. Our staff and volunteers assist in rebuilding lives by implementing crisis intervention and a range of support services while acknowledging the multitude of issues facing survivors of abuse.

In 1987, Fort McMurray Family Crisis Society first opened its doors to Unity House; the complex had a capacity of nine beds. Today, almost 28 years later, we have 30 beds and continue to struggle to protect our citizens from domestic abuse; It's Time To Move On!


Waypoints (formerly the Fort McMurray Family Crisis society)

  • Unity House Emergency Shelter for woman and children. Phone: 780-743-1190.
  • Second Stage Housing for women and children that need increased security, subsidized housing and recovery support.
  • 24-hour Crisis Line for support, information and referrals. Phone: 780-743-1190.
  • 24-hour Sexual Trauma Support Line for support, programs and referrals. Phone 780-791-6708.
  • Next Steps Program provides women who are currently in shelter with a risk assessment for violence, safety planning, advocacy (court or agency) and goal setting.
  • Follow-Up Program provides on-going support, information and advocacy for clients who have either accessed the shelter or who have been externally referred.
  • Child Development Programs provide mothers with access to childcare, while they attend programming at Waypoints.
  • Opportunities for Change Program is a psycho educational, process oriented program for males and females. Phone: 780-791-5143.
  • Sexual Assault and Abuse Programs & Servicesprovides support, education, advocacy & counselling to individuals affected by sexual violence. Phone: 780-743-4691, ext 232.
  • Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Community Awareness, Education and Prevention programs and events.
  • Fundraising for operations and our Stop the Hurting, Start the Healing capital campaign.

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Our Vision...

A community free of domestic violence and abuse, sexual assault and abuse and homelessness.


Our Mission...

To lead in improving the fundamental safety and health of individuals, families and communities.

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