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Our Building Economic Self-Sufficiency (BESS) program provides women with the tools – educational, financial, and emotional – to rebuild and transform their lives in the aftermath of domestic abuse.
This spring, Interval House turns 40 years old…and we’d love to have you join our celebration. In honour of our anniversary, we’d like to hear your story—your personal connection to Interval House.
Are you a former resident? A successful BESS graduate? Are you a long-time donor, or the newest member of our family of supporters? Have you volunteered at Interval House and discovered the joy of giving your time and effort?
A fresh coat of paint…a spruced-up wardrobe…sprigs of green through the thawing ground… No season says “renewal” like spring!
But for the woman who’s endured a winter of abuse, spring might be the beginning of a journey to a completely different renewal—the kind that begins with a frightening escape and an unknown future.
Perfect parents? Perfect kids? Dream on! Interval House is excited to introduce a new session of Nobody’s Perfect, a program for parents of children 6 years and under.
One of the great strengths of Interval House is our volunteer force. Along with our loyal community of donors, these volunteers increase our reach and effectiveness in striving for a future free of violence.
Recently we spoke with Deborah Shannon, one of our volunteers in the area of Human Resources for some perspective on volunteering.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
This April, Interval House will celebrate its 40th anniversary! For the last 40 years, we have provided shelter and innovative, specialized services to women and their children fleeing abuse. Our accomplishments and longevity could not have been achieved without the generous help of all of you who make our programs possible.
Food nourishes the body, mind and soul. At Interval House, we know that sharing a meal also means sharing stories and laughter.
Our families look forward to eating together. That’s why when our friends at GE Capital come to volunteer we know we’re in for a treat.
“Santa was here! Santa was here!”
These were the joy-filled shouts of our youngest residents on Christmas morning. Because of friends like you, the holiday season was filled with happiness, presents, and lots of sparkly Christmas ornaments!
When a women graduates from the intensive 2-week Building Economic Self-Sufficiency (BESS) workshop, she is proving to herself that she is no longer a victim. It is a day to celebrate her movement forward into confidence and economic independence.
It was on this day, 23 years ago, that 14 young women were murdered while attending class at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal. The reason for their deaths? They were women. This act of violence shocked the nation and in 1991 the Parliament (government?) of Canada officially declared December 6 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.