General News

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


“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


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


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.

Join us at The Right Foot!

Broken Heals

Join Interval House at The Right Foot! Hosted by blogger @Broken_Heals, the event at Epic Lounge this weekend promises to be a stylish social event that supports both Interval House and the Assaulted Women's Helpline. 

Event Details: 
When - Saturday, October 13, 2012 @ 9pm
Where - Epic Lounge (120 Cumberland Street)
Who - The event is open to anyone 21 years or older
Tickets - $5 or a gently used pair of dress shoes

Pure Unhindered

On September 28 – 29, the Toronto City Church is holding its Women’s Conference. This two day event, themed “Pure Unhindered” is a chance for the women of the church to get together for a weekend of biblical study and celebration.

To celebrate women’s accomplishments, they’ll be collecting new socks and underwear for the residents of Interval House – items we always need at the shelter!

For more information on the event please click here.

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