October 2014

Women's History Month in Canada

October has been an exciting month, with many reasons to celebrate including the launch of our new PSA. But did you know it was also Women’s History Month in Canada? It’s time for Canadians to celebrate the achievements of women and girls throughout our history. And it gives us an opportunity to learn about the valuable contributions that women and girls have made.

Fall 2014 Newsletter

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"We hope the next wave of women and children seeking shelter and safety won’t arrive when the school year ends, and again when the winter holidays arrive. But that’s what happens. So we must be prepared."

Inside this issue:

Friendship Plan

As anyone who runs a household knows, no sooner do we get home from the supermarket than it feels like it’s almost time to restock the dwindling supplies in the fridge and pantry. It never ends! Interval House maintains the same level of activity of the average bustling household. But instead of feeding just one family, we have many more mouths to feed, diverse diets to consider as well as diapers to change on a daily basis. Our grocery carts are something to behold!

TROOP Program Update

The rain, the bugs, the sleeping bag, the BEARS—that’s what it’s all about. Spending time in the wilderness—canoeing, hiking and camping—is the ultimate exercise in character building! It is one of those life experiences that we carry with us forever. The chance to face our fears and overcome obstacles, the feeling of resilience and the fun of staying positive in spite of life’s challenges—these skills cannot be taught in a classroom.

Brianne's Story

They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression. So when Brianne showed up for her job interview with a beautiful new briefcase, she could see the employer was impressed. She says the briefcase may have clinched the job. It was just a symbol of the professionalism, poise and confidence Brianne herself was projecting. Those are the real reasons she made such a great impression.

We Know What Snow Will Bring

The changing of the seasons brings an eerie echo to Interval House. It’s hard to comprehend the cyclical nature of abuse. We hope we’ll be wrong about it. We hope the next wave of women and children seeking shelter and safety won’t arrive when the school year ends, and again when the winter holidays arrive. But that’s what happens. So we must be prepared.