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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.

"We've had the strength to make it this far..."

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Last month, we held a graduation ceremony for our BESS clients. Here's an excerpt from our valedictorian's speech: 

FRPO never ceases to amaze us!

FRPO Cheque Presentation

For the 6th year in a row, the Federation of Rental-Housing Providers of Ontario held its Spring Golf Classic, raising funds for the women and children at Interval House.

It was a gorgeous day to be out on the green. The sun was shining and the beautiful golf course at Angus Glen put FRPO’s golfers in the mood to buy raffle tickets and bid on amazing silent auction items.

At the end of the day, FRPO raised over $45,000 – including a very generous donation of $25,000 on top of their incredible fundraising efforts!

A special housing connection

Interval House has a deep connection with the rental-housing industry. They helped us build our shelter, hire our BESS graduates, and help us find affordable housing solutions for the women we serve.

At this year’s FRPO Golf Classic, we took the opportunity to say “thank you” to a few of our most special partners: Minto Management Inc., CAPREIT and GWL Realty Advisors.

Morning for Change!

In case you missed Interval House on CityTV helping promote the Canadian Women's Foundation's Morning for Change fundraiser, you can watch the video here.


Your gift is a "Mother's Helper"

Imagine being forced from your home by family violence…at Mother’s Day.

While you and I are celebrating the important bond of family, women who are experiencing the worst kinds of abuse are making the excruciating decision to leave the fear behind and walk with their children into a new life. But they can’t do it alone.

Your support, whether a single gift or a faithful monthly contribution, helps ensure that we can offer a courageous woman the raw materials and the tools she will need to remain free of her abuser. Your gift of…

Grab your Umbra!

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Interval House draws great strength from our family of supporters in the community, both individuals and corporate partners. One of our most faithful corporate partners is Umbra, the worldwide leader in original, casual, contemporary affordable design for the home.

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