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The BESS (Building Economic Self- Sufficiency) Program, an employment program for women who have survived abuse, is in its new home within Interval House. The new space comprises a brand new Education Room, Computer Lab, Private Counselling Room and Career Boutique. This space will allow us to assist even more women in finding meaningful employment, while helping them with insight into the barriers, often related to abuse, that may have kept them from moving forward in the job market.
The BESS Program is a two-week intensive workshop helping women who have survived abuse to successfully apply for and gain meaningful employment in their fields. Supplies needed for the programs are provided free of charge, as are TTC tokens and on-site childcare for the duration of the program. Once women have completed workshops, they will move into the second phase of the program where they will receive one-on-one assistance from the Job Developer in finding and keeping a job. This is the single most important element in making sure that women fleeing domestic violence can obtain housing and remain free from their abusers.
Finally, Interval House provides “departure packages” for each new family – information specific to each new neighbourhood including public transportation, 24 hour pharmacies and clinics, women’s groups, cultural groups, maps, shopping areas and children’s activities.
Our new space means that even more women and children will be ready to start a new life!