About Us

Our History

Lurana Shelter Society and Lurana Shelter are named after Lurana White, the Foundress of the Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement.  Lurana White was a woman of vision and supported endeavors to support women at a time in history when women did not experience equality.  The Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement have been providing services in Edmonton, Alberta since 1928.  More information is available at www.graymoor.org.

Lurana Shelter has offered services since November 1993 including safe refuge and life changing services to women and children who were victims of domestic violence in our community.  Our hope is not to be needed someday but for now, our priorities include providing safety for victims and their children, empowering the women and children we serve, and working toward social change through education and advocacy.


Currently Lurana Shelter Society Administers Four distinct programs:

  • Operation of a first-stage, emergency shelter providing safe, secure refuge and emergency services such as food, clothing, transportation and child support as well as specialized services related to counseling, advocacy, legal and medical are available by staff or through community partnerships.
  • Child-specific programming to assist vulnerable children and youth as they deal with the abuse they have witnessed and endured.  Highly trained staff provides individual counseling, support groups as well as specialized learning and recreational activities.
  • Adult, Youth, and Community Outreach services designed to ensure victims’ safety, assist them in breaking the cycle of violence and provide support and guidance as they begin rebuilding their lives free from violence outside of the shelter environment.
  • Domestic violence is a complex issue. The Intensive Case Management (ICM) Team provides comprehensive wrap-around services that support women and their children in shelter or transitioning from the shelter to the community.
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