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Meet our Volunteers: Yannique

Yannique

Volunteer Profile: Yannique

What motivates you to be a volunteer?

My desire to help others and positively contribute to my community. Volunteering is a humbling experience, which I am grateful to have.   

How has your volunteer position at Interval House helped you in your own professional and/or personal growth?

Interval House goes to the Ex!

Interval House at the CNE

Summers are often times for family reunions. This is always the case at Interval House: each summer, we host a special reunion event for residents and ex-residents to reconnect and celebrate.

This year, we decided to go to the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) for our special summer event. Current and past residents from Interval House joined our counsellors at the CNE a few weeks ago for a day of fun in the sun. For many of the women and kids, it was their first trip to this classic Toronto family tradition. 

Back to school at Interval House

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September is here! At Interval House, that means that our home will be a little quieter during the day, with most of the kids back to school. 

What does going back to school look like for a kid at Interval House? 

Most of the kids in our shelter need to switch schools when they come to Interval House. Staying at their old school would make it easy for an abuser to locate them and their mom, so we help them transfer for their safety. 

FRPO Putts for Interval House

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As we’ve mentioned before, summer is often a time when we’re in greatest need at Interval House. With more families seeking a safe haven, and the children out of school, it’s often one of our busiest times when we’re most desperately in need of support.

Is someone you know being abused?

“I never thought domestic violence could happen to someone in my life. Until she told me… And all along I had no idea.”

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, for her safety and, if there are children, theirs. You want to help. But it can be difficult to know what to do, while also keeping everyone safe.  There are steps you can take to help someone you know who is in an abusive relationship.

Meet our Volunteers: Bobi

Bobi

Volunteer Profile: Bobi

What motivates you to be a volunteer?

The first time I helped a resident pick out items for her first apartment with excitement, truly made me happy.  Throughout my life, I have always volunteered in different capacities.  I am fortunate to be able to give my time and skills to help those who are less fortunate.   

How has your volunteer position at Interval House helped you in your own professional and/or personal growth?

Violence Against Mothers Is Not a Single-Victim Crime

"I wish my mother had brought my brother and me to a shelter like this when we were children," he said as he left our meeting at Interval House. He's the articulate, confident CEO of a successful Canadian company, but his posture changed and his face revealed pain when he opened up to speak of the abuse his mother experienced at the hands of his father. His eyes welled up as he talked about what it felt like to be a boy living in that house. You could see it still haunted him and is what drives him to live his life in a different way than his father.

ESL Program Introduced

We don’t always think about it, but language can be a safety issue. Whether you are visiting the doctor, buying groceries, using a bank or obtaining work, for anyone trying to gain independence, the ability to communicate in the local language is key. That’s why a caring committee of volunteers created a new ESL program for residents of Interval House.

TJX’s Volunteer Group creates Project Joy

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They say it takes a village. At Interval House our “village” of volunteers comes in all shapes and sizes. TJX is inclusive of Winners, HomeSense, and Marshalls stores and makes up part of that village. One of its corporate philanthropy goals includes a commitment to helping families make the transition to a new beginning. In 2013, TJX Canada came to Interval House for the first time and a partnership blossomed.

Opinion poll results are troubling

It’s too early to celebrate. While saddened by the many high-profile celebrity abuse cases last year, those of us who work with victims of violence were pleased to see the stirring up of dialogue around domestic abuse issues when these cases were thrust into the media spotlight. The unprecedented public interest inspired Interval House to commission an opinion poll to take the pulse of public attitudes about violence against women. The results were troubling and revealed why it’s more important than ever to keep this conversation going. 

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