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Interval House at the World Conference of Women's Shelters


Four staff members represented Interval House at the 2nd World Conference of Women’s Shelters in Washington, DC in February. The conference was a great chance for us to learn about what’s going on in organizations from across the globe.

New Year, new life!


This month, as you and I celebrate the beginning of the New Year, Interval House will open its doors to many abused women and children who need to find a whole new life. What they’ll find inside our doors is a result of your generosity – your gifts of warmth in the middle of a cold winter.

How can you help?

Open House: Full House!

It was a full house for October’s Annual Open House, and we were grateful for the chance to say "thank you" to our faithful community of friends and supporters.

We took the opportunity to show everyone how their gifts made a difference last year and how much we appreciate the involvement of those who share our commitment to ending domestic abuse.

BESS—Path to long-term success

BESS Client

What is the number one factor in making sure a woman escaping domestic abuse stays free?

A good job.

Unfortunately many women who have suffered abuse have also been out of the job market and even out of social settings for years. And despite the courage it takes for a woman to flee her home and her abuser, she can’t completely escape unless she becomes financially independent and self-supporting.

A Very Big “Thank You” to the BESS Program

 A letter from Naledi, BESS Graduate

Hi All,

Celebrating the Holidays at Interval House

Thank you! You helped make this holiday season one that our families will never forget!

Here’s how we celebrated.

Our Residential Program’s Holiday Party was hosted by our incredible friends at GE Canada. A group of employee volunteers cooked a fantastic turkey dinner with all the fixings for our families. Later, one of their team members dressed up as Santa and handed out presents to 20 very excited children!

Give a little Bon Iver for Christmas!

Know a big Bon Iver fan? 

What better gift to give them this Christmas than a Bon Iver designed Tshirt! Working with Montreal-based Yellow Bird Project, this shirt was designed by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, who chose to donate the proceeds to Interval House.

And just for a little extra fun, check out Jian Ghomeshi's interview with Bon Iver on Q.

Upcoming Event: Give & Take

MADE 2011

MADE, in collaboration with moimoi design present the 2011 Give and Take ornament exchange!

Join MADE for the opening reception!

When: Thursday, December 1st, 7pm - 9pm
Where: 867 Dundas Street West (west of Bathurst Street)

Give and Take is an installation of ornaments created and donated by Canadian designers. Sold ornaments are replaced with a memento which serves as a record of your contribution and participation. Proceeds will be donated to Interval House and Oolagen.

The exhibit will run until December 31st, 2011.

Basic. Elegant. Simple. Sustainable.

John Gerhardt, Jennifer Cranston, and Jackie Shawn have a combined 100 years of experience in the fashion industry, and last night they shared their knowledge with a group of eager BESS clients.

In a two-hour Life Skills Workshop, John, Jennifer and Jackie helped women understand the importance of appearance in advancing their careers. Their key piece of advice? “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.”

Upcoming Event: Glory of Christmas

Christmas Concert 2011

The New Apostolic Church presents:

Glory of Christmas

When: Sunday, December 4th, 2011 @6pm

Location: New Apostolic Church - 6484 Finch Avenue West, Etobicoke

Tickets are available at the door for a suggested donation of $10 for adults or $5 for children. 

Proceeds will be donated to Interval House.

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