November 2012

Fall 2012 Newsletter

Fall 2012 Newsletter

This time last year, I felt like I was locked away in a basement with no hope.

Inside this issue:

Fall into a better day

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Summer’s over…the cooler temperatures of fall and the new school year is upon us. Many women, who have lived in fear of abuse through the summer months, will be arriving at Interval House this month. Through the rest of this year they will come, looking for hope and the tools to start a new life.

A Picnic of Olympic Proportions!

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Where can you eat great food, make new friends and reconnect with old ones, kick a soccer ball, toss a Frisbee, swing a badminton racket, compete at hula hoops AND win an Olympic medal?

At Interval House’s Summer Picnic, that’s where!

BESS 101

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Did you know…

During a two-week BESS workshop, a woman starting a new life will:

  • Complete a skills inventory
  • Learn to write a resume and cover letter
  • Understand the basics of conducting a job search
  • Prepare for the interview process
  • Develop life skills like time management and balancing work and parenting
  • Receive wardrobe counseling and access to the Career Boutique

After completing the BESS program, she will work with our Job Developer to:

“This time last year, I felt like I was locked away in a basement with no hope.”

BESS 2012

“This time last year, I felt like I was locked away in a basement with no hope.”

These words, spoken by the 2012 BESS Valedictorian, have a powerful way of echoing through the hearts of every participant of BESS (Building Economic Self-Sufficiency). In her valedictory speech on June 15, Sheila George* was telling her own story, but it’s also a story that resonated with the hundreds of women whose lives have been changed by involvement with Interval House’s flagship program.