The Central Alberta Womens Outreach Society (CAWOS) opened its doors in 1984 as an agency devoted to supporting women affected by family violence by providing the tools to create a safer, healthier and more secure life for themselves and their families. In 2012, The Central Alberta Womens Outreach Centre co-located with Suicide Information and Education Services at the current facility on Taylor Drive. In 2020, these agencies fully merged under The Outreach Centre banner to optimize their shared expertise, board and resources operating under the governance of the Central Alberta Outreach Society (CAOS).
The organization has effectively adapted and expanded programming to meet increasingly complex issues within communities and the people we serve. Programs have evolved to provide services to adults and children who are affected by domestic violence, suicide, homelessness and the effects of poverty.
Who do we serve?
If you are in central Alberta, and experiencing the effects of domestic violence, suicide, homelessness, and the effects of poverty – we have services for you. We strive to create a safe environment for people and their supports.
Our team at the Outreach Centre is grateful to have the opportunity to meet and work on many Indigenous homelands across this land we share in central Alberta. As settlers on these lands, it is important to acknowledge that our offices are located on Treaty 6 Lands, the traditional territory of the Cree, Dene Blackfoot, Saulteaux, Nakota, Sioux, and Métis, and Treaty 7 lands, the traditional territory of the Blackfoot Confederacy: Kainai, Piikani and Siksika, as well as the Tsuu T’ina and Stoney Nakota First Nation. We acknowledge the many First Nations, Métis and Inuit whose footsteps have marked these lands for generations. We are grateful for the traditional Knowledge Keepers and Elders who are still with us today and those who have gone before us.
We want to express our respect for the Treaties we reside in and honour the diverse Indigenous People who have lived and worked on this land historically and presently.