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The beginning of a New Year is time for celebration and looking forward, but it’s also a time for reflection. While goal setting and New Years resolutions are great ways to put careful consideration into milestones and achievements, the step of reminiscing and reflecting often falls by the wayside. It’s so easy to focus on the things that didn’t pan out as hoped, or the things that didn’t go according to plan, but there’s a great power and strength to be gained from celebrating the wins – no matter how big or little.
What motivates you to be a volunteer?
The women and children that I have met volunteering for Interval House inspire me so much with their strength. They are kind, motivated, intelligent, and have amazing senses of humor; they are really fun to spend time with! The skills I have in teaching English can make a real difference for some on their road to independence, and I am so happy to be able to provide that help, because they absolutely deserve it.
The holiday season is a bittersweet time of year for the children at Interval House. They are living in a safe place out of harm’s way, with new friends and newfound freedom to relax and just be kids. But even with the relief of living in a new and safer home, their everyday lives have still been disrupted by the change.
On December 6th, 1989, Mark Lepine entered the École Polytechnique, an engineering school in Montreal, Quebec. He separated the male and female students, made anti-women statements and then opened fire, killing 14 women in total.
14 women were killed simply because they were women.
When a friend or family member confides that they’re being abused—or if you suspect that abuse is happening— it can be overwhelming. You’re worried about your friend’s safety, and you want to help. But it can be difficult to know what to do, while also keeping everyone safe. Do you know what to do?
When survivors of domestic violence leave an abusive relationship, often one of the most challenging things to rebuild is their economic future. Re-entering or seeking employment for the first time after an abusive relationship can be a huge hurdle. There are many barriers to seeking employment for women rebuilding their lives after domestic violence.
While there are many different challenges experienced by individual women, some of the common barriers include:
Tim uses the word “feminist” to describe his wife Julyan, but it’s clear by his actions, that he too has always been a passionate supporter of women’s rights. Throughout their long marriage and respective careers, issues of poverty and equality mattered a great deal. He says they were both raised by philanthropic families who cared a great deal about the public good, and a common thread was the desire to make a difference in other people’s lives.
We try to give children all of the caring and support we can, but how can we protect them from experiencing difficult emotions? Sometimes we must accept that we cannot make them feel better. At the heart of the programming at Interval House—activities that are supported by your donations—are many opportunities for children to relieve stress and re-connect with their moms. These are baby steps on a long journey. And that’s why your support is so crucial.
Celebrating Christmas at Interval House is enough to make you believe in miracles. We know from experience that Christmas can be an especially difficult time for families in crisis. When the holiday season approaches, we start to see an influx of calls and requests for help. The reality is that behind closed doors there are families reaching a breaking point. And there are women who are frightened and need a safe place to turn.
Thanksgiving is the day we give thanks for the harvest and many other blessings in our lives. For the women and children of Interval House, those blessings include a safe home, good food, and an extended family of women who have lived through similar experiences. All of this is made possible through the generous support of our donors and community partners.