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Giving the Gift of Time

Deborah Shannon

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?

Celebrating with our Volunteers

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 for Thought with GE Capital

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.

Home for the Holdays

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“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!

Graduating from BESS: A day to celebrate strength and perseverance

BESS Grad

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.

December 6: A day to reflect, remember and take action

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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.

Fall into a better day

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Summer’s over…the cooler temperatures of fall and the new school year is upon us. Many women, who have lived in fear of abuse through the summer months, will be arriving at Interval House this month. Through the rest of this year they will come, looking for hope and the tools to start a new life.

A Picnic of Olympic Proportions!

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Where can you eat great food, make new friends and reconnect with old ones, kick a soccer ball, toss a Frisbee, swing a badminton racket, compete at hula hoops AND win an Olympic medal?

At Interval House’s Summer Picnic, that’s where!

BESS 101

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Did you know…

During a two-week BESS workshop, a woman starting a new life will:

  • Complete a skills inventory
  • Learn to write a resume and cover letter
  • Understand the basics of conducting a job search
  • Prepare for the interview process
  • Develop life skills like time management and balancing work and parenting
  • Receive wardrobe counseling and access to the Career Boutique

After completing the BESS program, she will work with our Job Developer to:

“This time last year, I felt like I was locked away in a basement with no hope.”

BESS 2012

“This time last year, I felt like I was locked away in a basement with no hope.”

These words, spoken by the 2012 BESS Valedictorian, have a powerful way of echoing through the hearts of every participant of BESS (Building Economic Self-Sufficiency). In her valedictory speech on June 15, Sheila George* was telling her own story, but it’s also a story that resonated with the hundreds of women whose lives have been changed by involvement with Interval House’s flagship program.

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