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Monetary Donations

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It's easy to donate offline too.

Tel: 613-225-0630

​Your gift will make a big difference for the families who depend on Nelson House’s services!

When you give to Nelson House you are giving hope today by investing in the future of women and children who are ready to re-build their lives free of violence.

Based on the identified needs of our residents, Nelson House is pleased to present three funds for directed giving.

Please click on the images below to make a directed gift today:
















Transportation Fund

Women and children in crisis arrive at Nelson House at any hour of the day or night, from every area in the city of Ottawa, with or without any belongings, fleeing immediate violence.


Without her own vehicle, and with limited income, a women and her family must rely on public transportation or taxis to escape their abusive environment, retrieve their belongings, and attend medical and legal appointments.

Gifts allocated to this fund will be directed to public and emergency transportation for women and their children taking refuge at Nelson House.  


Help them reach safety.









Dental Fund

Women and children arrive at Nelson House suffering physical injuries from violence and abuse. 
Without health insurance, dental treatments and oral surgery can be prohibitively expensive, resulting in chronic or worsening pain, difficulty eating, and visual reminders of trauma.


Gifts allocated to this fund will be directed to emergency dental treatments and surgery for women and their children who have sought safety at Nelson House.  


Help them heal and smile again.













Childcare Fund

Women sheltering with children at Nelson House face the additional challenges of supporting their children through crisis and sudden separation, adjustment to a new residence and schools, and navigating custody and access, all while managing their own recovery from violence and abuse.
Nelson House offers childcare and trauma-informed children's programming to enable women with children to attend medical and legal appointments, and to take moments of respite.
Gifts allocated to this fund will be directed to childcare for women and their children taking refuge at Nelson House.  


Help care for children, and for their mothers.


One of the most powerful ways you can make a difference is by becoming a monthly donor. Monthly donations help provide a steady and reliable funding source, and that allows us to better plan for the expenses of our programs. The monthly gifts allow us to effectively support vulnerable women and children today and every day.


  • A donation of $25 will give a gift a mental health art kit for kids.

  • A donation of $50 will give a gift of self care package for women

  • A donation of $120 will give a mental wellness gift for mothers and children. This will include 60 minutes of childcare/activities and self-care package.

Nelson Houses uses PayPal to process online gifts.


Option 1: To make a gift as a guest user without creating a PayPal account, please follow the steps below:


a) Click the link:


b) Select the second option: Debit or Credit Card (black bar below). You will be asked to enter your contact information.

c) Switch the toggle button beside “Save info and create your PayPal account” to OFF (per the picture below). This way you may continue as a guest, which means that no PayPal account is created, and your information will not be saved.

Option 2: Follow the link below to make a gift through Canada Helps, which uses Stripe, a different payment processor:


If any questions arise, please contact Lindsay Newman, Fundraising and Communications Coordinator, at or

c: (613) 298-3543. Thank you for generously supporting the women and children of Nelson House!


Why Give?

Please donate today and help us save lives and build safe new futures!

We need your help to continue supporting women & children escaping violence & abuse. Every dollar counts when a woman flees violence and abuse, and most leave with only the clothes on their backs.  At Nelson House women and children find a safe haven where they can begin, step by step, to rebuild their lives.

Your financial contributions go directly to providing essential, life-saving programs and services for the women and children who reside at Nelson House, as well as the more than 100 families in our community outreach program, like families who have moved out but continue to access counseling supports and our on-site food bank, to stretch their insufficient grocery budgets, as well as women who live in the community and are trying to leave their abusers safely, and more.

We are greatly dependent on the generosity of our community supporters, because without you, we are otherwise unable to provide our families with much-needed programs and services, including donated items that help them rebuild their lives.

Sponsor a Room

Become a yearly sponsor of one of the 11 rooms at the shelter. Please contact Lindsay Newman, Fundraising and Communications at to learn how your gift can support every family that stays in the space (average three per year) with welcome packages and all necessary items.

If you would like to make a donation by mail, please send a cheque or money order payable to Nelson House to the address below.

Nelson House
P.O. Box 5381, LCD Merivale,
Nepean ON K2C 3J1

If your address is not on the cheque, don’t forget to send a return address so we can issue a receipt for you!

Nelson House’s charitable number is: 130 630 338 RR0001

We Need Your Support Today!

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