In November, 1984 a letter was published in the Mountaineer calling for a community response to the concern for "the physical safety of women in this community". This initiated the first meeting and in the following 10 years, many more meetings led to the incorporation of The Mountain Rose Women's Shelter Association on September 25, 1990.
A Crisis Phone-line was installed and 17 volunteer drivers trained during 1992 - all on a budget of about $900. Now we were up and running! Registered as a Charity in 1993, we then contracted a worker from CAWES to come to Rocky one day a week.
Highlights of 1994 to Current:
1994: Moved into the office in Presbyterian Church and furniture depot begins.
1996: New logo designed and brochure printed.
1997: Moved to downstairs office and hired one counsellor. Safe Ride Program began.
1998: 2 paid employees with office open Monday to Thursdays.
1999: Program Coordinator hired.
2000: Support groups held and major cuts made by funding agencies.
2002: Announcement that Old Post Office will become affordable housing and a shelter.
2003: Website set up and MRWSA becomes a member of Alberta Council of Women's Shelters.
2004: Operational agreement signed with RCMP. Community Collaborative Response Team was formed. Held the Red Rose and White Ribbon Campaigns.
2005: December hosted the Grand Opening of the Shelter at the Old Post House.
2006: 1st Annual Romance and Roses Gala Fundraiser.
2007: The MRWSA's offices moved into the front of the Post House to offer administration and outreach services.
2009: MRWSA undertakes a 'community needs assessment' for future community needs as related to domestic violence.
2010: First Family Fun Raffle conducted as a fundraiser for MRWSA.
2011: New Executive Director is hired to lead MRWSA.
2012: The first annual 'Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Event' held in Rocky and hosted by MRWSA.
2013: MRWSA installs new outdoor playground with colourful wall mural for shelter. MRWSA Board completes Board Governance Training and implements a 5 year strategic plan.
2014: MRWSA initiates the 'Clearwater County Housing Supports Services' to provide housing supports to homeless and near homeless people in our community. Board of Directors initiate the MRWSA initiated the "New Foundations Campaign: Building Foundations to a Brighter Future" to raise funds to build a new shelter and transition apartments.
2015: MRWSA is governed by an eight member Board of Directors and employs: 1 Executive Director, 1 Shelter Supervisor, 2 Outreach Workers, 1 Administrative Assistant, 1 Volunteer Coordinator, 1 Parent Child Assistant Program, 1 Housing Support Coordinator, 4 Crisis Workers, and 4 Relief Crisis Workers. MRWSA purchased a company vehicle through special grant funding. Conducted Clearwater Housing/Homelessness Needs Assessment.
2016: MRWSA is successful in obtaining CMHC Seed Funding to start process for building a new shelter. Partnerships developed with corporations for specific projects to address needs in rural Alberta (ConocoPhillips, Repsol Oil & Gas). Operational Budget reached $1,000,000 annually.
2017: MRWSA focuses on Fundraising for the new Building. MRWSA opens 2 emergency apartments for 90 day transition to mainstream housing for marginalized families in our community.
2018: MRWSA breaks ground on the new "Clearwater Abuse Prevention Centre". Expected date to open is September 1, 2019.
2019: MRWSA changes the name of the new building to "Mountain Rose Centre" and moves in on September 1, 2019 and opens the 10 bed emergency shelter.
2020 January 1, 2020: MRWSA fully opens the 21 bed emergency shelter and 5 second stage apartments with the building renamed as the "Mountain Rose Centre".
2020 September 24, 2020: MRWSA is governed by ten member Board of Directors and employs 31 staff members: 1 Executive Director, 1 Residential Supervisor, 2 Outreach Workers, 1 Administrative Assistant, 1 Parent Child Assistant Program, 1 Family Supports Coordinator, 1 Child Care Provider, 1 Housing Support Coordinator, 1 Community Engagement Coordinator, 1 Second Stage Coordinator, 1 Janitor, 1 Cook, 1 Bookkeeper, 1 Data Coordinator, 1 Resources Coordinator, 10 Crisis Workers, and 5 Relief Crisis Workers.