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Do you want to get involved at Interval House this holiday season? We have lots of ways you can help!
During our Family Activity last week, we updated our theme board with our theme for November: Caring.
Families were asked to come up with ideas about how to show they care about different things in life, like family, friends, and most importantly, yourself. The kids came up with some great ways to show caring for your family - from doing things for one another, to making sure they are safe, to making sure they are loved.
Our families then found pictures and phrases to put up on the board to remind us about caring in our every day lives.
Thanks to everyone who came out to our 2011 Thanksgiving Open House!
The elderly woman whose paralyzing stroke keeps her vulnerable and helpless against the relentless assaults of her son…
A recent immigrant who is terrified of her abusive husband and doesn’t know enough English to ask for help…
A 12-year-old boy who is torn between wanting his home and friends and protecting his mother from her violent boyfriend…
The toddler who’s never known a whole night without the sounds of her father screaming and her mother crying…
Year after year, Interval House’s Corporate Partners support and encourage our work in the GTA with a variety of creative fundraising activities. The Federation of Rental-Housing Providers of Ontario (FRPO), with its leadership in the area of accessible, affordable housing, is a natural partner for Interval House as we seek to place women and families in safe, pleasant homes.
An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds 1000 origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane. Kids in Interval House’s Children’s Program folded 1000 colourful cranes and sent them to families in Japan to show their support after the devastating earthquake and tsunami.
Our population is aging. By 2016 there will be nearly 5 million Canadians over 65. And far too many older adults, disproportionately women, are living with abuse, neglect and financial exploitation.
Most families believe that a relative will be safer and better cared for at home. But statistics show that up to 90% of elder abuse is committed by a spouse or close relative.
Here are some recent stories that caught our attention:
We read with deep disappointment The Star’s article “Poor go to the back of the line for housing” (Sept. 28). This article pits two vulnerable groups against each other while we should be working on solutions to provide affordable housing options for both.
As a frontline worker, it’s really important to me to share the impacts of Interval House’s programs with our community. Today I’d like to talk about TROOP – the Toronto Police Service Recreational Outreach Outtripping Program (TROOP). TROOP is a program that gives at-risk youth the chance to experience camping (often for the first time!) alongside community agency workers and Toronto police officers. Interval House was the first women’s shelter to partner with this program over 5 years ago, and we’ve never looked back!
It is with deep sadness that we learned of Jack Layton’s passing today. It is not enough to say that he will be greatly missed by those of us working to end violence against women in our society. The loss is profound.