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Summer is one of the busiest times of the year at Interval House. Many women with children do not want to disrupt their children’s school year, and have been making sacrifices, waiting for the school year to end before bravely leaving an abuser.
But now that school’s out, that means we have an influx of new residents at our shelter during the summer months. With the kids out of school and our counsellors busy registering them for new schools in the fall, we often require additional support and resources.
Every year, the Toskan Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) donates over $1 million to social service charities. And thanks to the hard work of some dedicated students this year, Interval House is the proud recipient of two $5,000 grants.
For many, June is graduation month, and the same goes for Interval House! Every June, we plan a graduation ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of the women who completed our Building Economic Self-Sufficiency (BESS) Program over the past year. And this year’s Fifth Annual BESS Graduation was a big success!