October 2011

Old or young, give a new beginning of hope and peace

The elderly woman whose paralyzing stroke keeps her vulnerable and helpless against the relentless assaults of her son…

A recent immigrant who is terrified of her abusive husband and doesn’t know enough English to ask for help…

A 12-year-old boy who is torn between wanting his home and friends and protecting his mother from her violent boyfriend…

The toddler who’s never known a whole night without the sounds of her father screaming and her mother crying…

Duffers for Dollars

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Year after year, Interval House’s Corporate Partners support and encourage our work in the GTA with a variety of creative fundraising activities. The Federation of Rental-Housing Providers of Ontario (FRPO), with its leadership in the area of accessible, affordable housing, is a natural partner for Interval House as we seek to place women and families in safe, pleasant homes.

The Promise of a Thousand Paper Cranes

Thousand Paper Cranes

An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds 1000 origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane. Kids in Interval House’s Children’s Program folded 1000 colourful cranes and sent them to families in Japan to show their support after the devastating earthquake and tsunami.

Elder Abuse

Our population is aging. By 2016 there will be nearly 5 million Canadians over 65. And far too many older adults, disproportionately women, are living with abuse, neglect and financial exploitation.

Most families believe that a relative will be safer and better cared for at home. But statistics show that up to 90% of elder abuse is committed by a spouse or close relative.

Here are some recent stories that caught our attention:

Interval House responds to Star article

We read with deep disappointment The Star’s article “Poor go to the back of the line for housing” (Sept. 28). This article pits two vulnerable groups against each other while we should be working on solutions to provide affordable housing options for both.