Cara Transition House was opened in 1991 as a safe haven for women and children who are fleeing violence. Planning work and lobbying began years earlier with significant involvement of the Gander Status of Women. In 1987 a committee was formed with the goal of establishing a Transition House in Central Newfoundland. The name ‘Cara’ was chosen as it means “a friend”. This seemed an appropriate name for a place that would be a safe haven for women and children who were escaping violence. Today, Cara Transition House is operated by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of 7 dedicated community members from the Central Region.