Community Host Homes Recruitment

Each year, Rowan House Society provides crisis emergency services to over 200 women with children fleeing domestic violence.  These women live in our communities - Okotoks, High River, Black Diamond, Turner Valley, Claresholm and all surrounding areas.  All too often, these women and children return to the abusive home when they leave the emergency shelter because there is nowhere else for them to go.

Rowan House is developing a new program, called Community Host Homes, to address this problem.  The program involves community members opening their homes to women and children leaving domestic abuse, providing them with a safe and stable place to reside as they transition to independent and violence free lives in the community.

This program is being developed to be flexible while ensuring the needs of both the hosts and hosted families are met.  Training will be provided to the host homes, families will be matched according to specific needs and, both the host and hosted families will be supported by Rowan House staff.

Rowan House needs your help to make this program a success.

If you would like to learn more about this opportunity to serve people in your community, please contact Brigitte Baradoy at 403.850.0585 or

Rowan House Launches New Branding and Website


Society uses frustrating situation to focus on exciting things that lay ahead for the organization

Rowan House is more than just an emergency shelter

Rowan House is more than just an emergency shelter

High River, AB May 29, 2017 – Visitors to Rowan House Society’s website, may notice a few changes. The site had been down for approximately two months while it was being rebuilt after a deep hacking incident and they used the opportunity to design a new logo as well.

The shelter will celebrate five years in High River this July and felt the timing was right. “We have seen a lot of growth over the last five years and are so much more than just an emergency shelter,” explained Executive Director, Sherrie Botten. “Our Outreach program has expanded, we’ve started a Transitional Housing program that’s still growing, and we are offering a wider variety of services for the general public through our Preventative Education.”

The society operating Rowan House Emergency Shelter changed its name in 2013 from Region 3 Family Based Care Society to the clearer, Rowan House Society, however, decided to stick with the shelter’s branding. Then when the hacking happened, their website developer asked about the logo and Botten said she felt it was a good time to start focusing on the Society as a whole and all it has to offer.

“We are very excited about the changes and we just want to thank everyone for their patience while the work was taking place,” she added.

To learn more about Rowan House’s history or to check out the changes, visit


Rowan House provides crisis intervention, long-term support and education for those affected by family violence in rural communities.

For more information, contact:

Sherrie Botten,
Executive Director
Rowan House Society
Direct: 403-603-5992
Cell: 403-990-7594

Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink

Event Date: August 30th – September 3rd, 2017

Rowan House Emergency Shelter is thrilled to announce we have once again been selected as a participating charity in Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink.

Why are we so excited about this, you ask? Well, Birdies for Kids is a non-profit program run under the Shaw Charity Classic Foundation. Rowan House will receive 100% of every donation directed through this program and all donations are matched up to 50% - stretching your support even further!

The program runs now through the end of the Shaw Charity Classic, Sunday, September 3, 2017 at 11:59:59pm MT. If you were considering making a donation, here’s an opportunity to increase your impact. Funds raised through Birdies for Kids are directed to our Branches Preventative Education Program

Help break the cycle of violence.

Donate online or fill out the PDF Pledge Card and email it to:

Give the Gift of Soup

Soup Sisters and the Millarville Racing and Agricultural Society have teamed up to make soup for Rowan House Emergency Shelter.

Come enjoy an afternoon filled with lively conversation, chopping, laughter and warm kitchen camaraderie that culminate in a simple, sit-down meal of soup, salad, bread and wine for all participants. Each event produces approximately 200 servings of fresh soup that goes directly to Rowan House where it is enjoyed by residents, Outreach clients and Healthy Relationship Group participants.

Turn your next team building event or social gathering into a do good, feel good activity!

Upcoming Dates:

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Sunday, March 25, 2018

All events run from 1-4pm at the Millarville Race Track

For more information or to book a soup making event contact

Soup Sisters charges a $55 participation fee per person to cover the expenses of ingredients for the soups, the venue and equipment. This ensures that the best ingredients possible are used every time for the soup we provide to women, children and youth.