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Our Story

Hestia House opened its doors in May of 1981, and since that time has provided shelter and support for more than twelve thousand women and children.
Maritime women have had to fight hard for transition houses.  It is important to note that in Saint John, as in many areas, the establishment of a transition house was a direct response by the community to address the issue of abuse against women.

"They provided comradeship.  Until I got there, I didn't know it was happening to other women.  It helped me feel less ashamed, helped me realize it wasn't my fault and I wasn't the only one in New Brunswick who was feeling this pain."

Our Programs Offer

  • Complete confidentiality
  • Assistance in planning for the future
  • Information, referral and advocacy
  • Support and counselling
  • House meetings and individual counseling
  • Group and individual programs
  • Children support program 

Shelter & Support

Hestia House provides shelter and support for up to 24 women and their children.  It is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with seven full-time and three part-time staff.  


One of the most positive aspects of transition house life is the support that the residents give to one another.  There is a tremendous sense of solidarity and empowerment when they realize they are not alone.  


Counselling is also an important part of the transition house experience.  Staff counselling primarily helps women understand the nature of the abusive relationship and to clearly see their own situation so they can make informed decision.  The staff is there to provide a link to available community services.  The strength and tenacity of our clients in spite of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, is truly remarkable.  Once believed, heard and validated; women start to make decisions.