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Grateful for Your Support in 2015

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With spring upon us, at Interval House we’re looking forward to the new season. But before we move ahead, we want to take some time to reflect about all that made 2015 a fantastic year! The 2015 Gratitude Report is now available for you to see the impact of each of your contributions at Interval House.

Meet Shirin: Part 2

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Crisis Phone Line

Recently, we introduced you to Shirin, one of our long-time Women’s Counsellor Advocates. Each month, we’ll be shadowing Shirin to give you an idea of what a day’s work is like as a counsellor at Interval House.
 

International Women's Day Reflection

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It’s been said that the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s not simply a place to prepare food – it’s a place to gather, a place to unwind, a place to enjoy a delicious meal and fulfilling conversation, an opportunity to refresh the spirit in the presence of good company. The kitchen at Interval House is no exception. Bustling with activity, the kitchen is full of life and experience, as women and children prepare and enjoy nutritious and delicious meals.  

How does domestic violence affect a woman’s career?

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When a woman is living in an abusive situation, her home is often a dangerous and stressful place. But the impact of domestic violence on her career is an important factor often not talked about. 

What does family mean? Family Day reflections

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Family Day happens in Ontario every year on the third Monday of February. After Valentine’s celebrations, Family Day is a great chance to have some down time with family and friends, playing out with the snow (if climate change permits!) or staying into the comfort of our homes for a full day. 

The Value of an Exit Plan

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When a woman is ready to leave Interval House and move into an apartment of her own, the first thing she does is to pack a little bag of essentials to put under the bed in case her ex-partner should ever show up. She needs to be ready to get out fast.  Just like the first time.

The Safety Plan Overview

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1) Moment

  • Figure out when would be the best time to leave. 
  • Leave when there is enough time and space, while an abuser is out of the house.
  • Pack the essentials (keys, ID, cheque book, immigration papers) and make sure to collect a few items that bring comfort to the children
  • Have an escape route planned for each floor of the building

2) Children 

  • Teach children “a secret safe word” and how to call for help. 

The Value of an Entry Safety Plan

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As soon as a woman calls the shelter asking for a space, safety planning begins. Being on the other end of the phone, it’s always heartbreaking to hear the stories. But the best way to help a woman who is fleeing a violent home is to equip her with the tools she needs to get herself and her kids to safety. 

Meet Shirin: Part 1

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Meet Shirin. 

Shirin has been a Women’s Counsellor Advocate at Interval House for 6 years. Over those 6 years, she’s seen hundreds of families walk through our doors, looking for a safe place to call home. And she’s welcomed each one with a welcoming smile and a listening ear.

Community Programs Holiday Wrap-Up

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We often get asked, “How do you know how the families are doing after their leave Interval House?” And it’s a good question! After a family leaves our shelter for their new home, we want to make sure that we know they’re still on the road to success and independence. 

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