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“I am rising because I refuse to accept violence against women.” – Former resident of Interval House.
On Monday, April 28th, Interval House took part in the One Billion Rising rally at Yonge-Dundas Square. And as soon as we arrived, we could tell something big was about to happen.
Just after 5:30, the song Respect began blaring through the speakers. And suddenly, the crowd of people gathered in the square all stood together with their right index finger raised high in the air. It began. We were rising.
Spring is a time of renewal. A time of personal growth and self-reflection. Which is why we couldn’t think of a better time to bring back the Nobody’s Perfect workshop series!
When new mothers first come to us, they often feel scared and alone. And a lot of that fear comes from the thought of raising their children on their own. In our experience, abusers will often control all aspects of their partners lives – including how children are raised.
In the last few years, Interval House has noticed a disturbing and increasingly common trend – electronics as a means to abuse women. Electronic violence against women (E-VAW) is a terrifying way for abusers to victimize women. Of course, that’s not to say that technology is only used for abusive purposes. Technological advancements have allowed our sector to reach out to more women than ever before, and create awareness about the issue of abuse on a global scale.
Mother's Day is coming, and what better way to celebrate than with the Luv Ya Mum charity drive!
On Saturday, May 10th, our friends at Over the Rainbow will be hosting a fun-filled day to honour all of the mothers out there for all that they do. There will be delicious treats, pampering for mom, and lots of shopping! And the best part? All of the proceeds from this fabulous event will directly benefit the women and children at Interval House!
Over the holidays, Interval House was bustling with excitement! And much of this excitement came from the amazing volunteer activities courtesy of our friends at LoyaltyOne.
Last year, Interval House celebrated our 40th anniversary as Canada’s first shelter for abused women and their children. As with any milestone, we took the time to reflect on everything that our supporters helped us accomplish over the years. With the help of people like you, we opened the first shelter in Canada, and provided a home and a fresh start for thousands of women and their children.
It’s only because of you that we can be prepared, no matter what the weather, to welcome and care for each woman and child fleeing an abusive home.
Your gift of $40 will provide a Welcome Kit filled with basic necessities to an abused woman arriving at our door this winter.
A gift of $60 will provide Welcome Kits for a mother and her child and $75 will provide a Family Welcome Kit for a mother arriving with her children.
The holidays came with a little “help” for two deserving families this season.
On November 24th the Toronto Raptors hosted a special event in support of Holiday Helpers − a volunteer run registered charity whose mission is to provide a one-time personalized Christmas package to low income families with young children who are trying to improve their circumstances.
Interval House nominated two deserving families to attend the event – families who we knew were working hard to make things better, and deserved a little extra special gift.
Thank you for your response to our Holiday mailing and for sending back the ornaments for our tree! The children at Interval House enjoyed colouring the ornaments and decorating our tree for the holidays. Your messages of cheer were gratefully received and filled the House with hope for a bright 2014!
No matter her age, economic status, ethnic background or religion, each woman who has arrived at our door has felt the helplessness brought on by abuse. And because of your compassion and your involvement with Interval House, each one can be rescued and restored to a life of hope and peace.
Your gift is the first step in a changed life.