AWAC evolved out of an identified need and gap in services to homeless, addicted and otherwise severely marginalized women and female youth. This population of women experiences many barriers to even receiving basic services, often related to their substance use or lifestyle. The women are often labelled as non-compliant, unreliable, uncooperative and not interested in receiving help or in making changes. In reality, the vast majority of our clients are desperate for positive change, but they are usually unable to meet the unrealistic and restrictive conditions required by service providers.
It is the philosophy of AWAC that every woman who comes to us for support services will be treated with dignity, respect, non-judgement and as an individual with the ability and right to make her own choices, and determine her own path. AWAC will support and encourage each client to identify and understand her needs, her goals, and the kinds of assistance she feels will benefit her. AWAC is intended to be a safe place for women who often have no other safe place to be, and to do so with flexibility, creativity, patience, and acceptance.