The Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter in Red Deer is among those receiving donated phones and a phone plan from Rogers Communications.
When the pandemic started, Rogers launched a national program with Women’s Shelters Canada to provide hundreds of phones and plans to more than one hundred shelters and transition houses, including those in Alberta — in addition to using its platforms and channels to help increase awareness of the domestic violence crisis.
With growing wait lists for beds at women’s shelters and transition houses, crisis workers believe these phones will continue to save lives by keeping women safely connected to critical resources, particularly during lockdowns, stated Rogers in a release. The phone donation program is provided in collaboration with Motorola and LG.
The company states: “Rogers has increased its support from last year, by donating phones and plans to more than 30 women’s shelters and transition houses in Rogers wireless coverage areas in Alberta during this third wave of the pandemic.
“As the severity and frequency of domestic violence and demand for safe shelter space continues to rise following initial pandemic lockdowns a year ago, Rogers is expanding its efforts to drive awareness and safe connectivity to support the most vulnerable.”
Rogers is supporting women’s shelters in Red Deer, Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Grande Prairie, Medicine Hat, Camrose, Banff, Fort McMurray, Sherwood Park, Strathmore, Cold Lake, Slave Lake, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Whitecourt, High River, Strathcona County, Taber and Brooks.