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Ruth has been donating to Interval House for years. She started as a young feminist by donating books and clothing to the shelter. Later in life, when she tried to get out of her own marriage, which eventually did end, she gained more insight into why women might choose to stay in problematic relationships.
When a partner in a romantic relationship is controlling and possessive, it’s not charming or passionate—it’s a sign of abuse. And knowing when it’s time to “get away” can be a much more complex decision than many people realize.
When people meet Nisha they notice two things: she’s always smiling and she’s a very good listener. But for a while, Nisha was holding a lot inside.
She grew up in a family that believed in helping other people. Even simple things like opening the door or getting a coffee for someone. So when she started Women and Gender Studies in university, she decided to become a volunteer for a couple of hours a week at Interval House. At first it was part of a school project, but she found it meaningful and she wanted to continue.
“It's important to engage in hopeful practices. We expect so much of women who are trying to leave abusive relationships—that they should have hope for the future. We have to do our work with hope too. Donors have their own reasons for believing in hope. It affirms the women’s courage.”
– Lynn Zimmer, one of the 11 founders of Interval House
A small band of volunteers were committed to providing a crisis centre for women and chidlren who were fleeing abuse--they knew it needed to feel like a home. They put up a sign on a bulletin board asking women to help get something starts. With just a handful of committed supporters, Interval House opened in 1973 as the first shelter for abused women and their children in North America
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