From Coping to Hoping
In 1992, the Peel Committee on Sexual Assault (PCSA) authored a report recommending that a sexual assault centre be opened in the Region of Peel. The Ontario Women’s Directorate responded to the recommendation by providing expansion funding for the establishment of such a centre.
Utilizing this funding, the PCSA worked in collaboration with the Ministry of the Solicitor General and Correctional Services, the organization responsible for funding sexual assault centres, to establish the Agency.
The Agency was officially founded in 1993 as the Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis Centre of Peel (SA/RCCP), and opened its doors to clients on May 25, 1995.
In 2013, after 18 years of providing services to the Region of Peel, the Agency underwent a fundamental transformation into the Centre of Excellence for clinical intervention and the prevention of sexual abuse and assault. Part of this transformation included a name change to Hope 24/7, and expanding our services to all persons 12 years of age and older.
The name Hope 24/7 aligns with our mission to be the centre of excellence for clinical intervention and the prevention of relationship and sexual violence. We now use the phoenix as our symbol because it is globally understood to signify hope and light, and the triumph over adversity.
This change also brought about a new way of serving our clients. We are genuinely honoured that individuals are willing to share their experiences with us. To honour that relationship, Hope 24/7 is committed to providing services that focus solely on the best interests of our clients. Our clinical staff are all trained mental health clinicians with expertise in trauma.
All of the clinical services we provide align with best practice standard. The Agency is currently a candidate for accreditation with Accreditation Canada as a Community Health Service Provider. The Agency is led by a Chief Executive Officer with a clinical background, and is also supervised by Dr. Judith Pilowsky, a registered psychologist. This ensures there are many checks and balances in place to best meet the needs of our clients.
We are honoured to be able to join our clients on their journey, and do not take that responsibility lightly.