OLDER WOMEN OVERCOMING ABUSE

 

Coast Capital Savings has given a $10,000 grant to Victoria Women’s Transition House Society for the S.A.F.E. (Self-sufficiency and Assets through Financial Education) Program.

 
S.A.F.E. provides critical financial education, emotional support, and a safety net for women at risk for chronic poverty and homelessness. An older woman who has experienced relationship violence has a double disadvantage, “the abuse leaves her feeling fearful and ashamed and poverty leaves her with few resources for rebuilding her life” (Jaffe, Peter, Access Denied, 2002).

S.A.F.E. empowers women (ages 45+) who have left abusive relationships and are currently living in  supported housing provided by Victoria Women’s Transition House.  Participants will build financial literacy skills, savings and self-reliance. They will work towards a sustainable future that includes permanent safe housing within three years.

S.A.F.E. builds on expertise, lessons learned and foundations created by the successful two-year Rainbow Pilot Project which was initiated by Victoria Women’s Transition House and financially supported by generous donors.  

 
“I have learned so many new skills, organizational abilities and ways to budget. I never realized how difficult it would all be, but most of all, I never realized that I could be doing all of it.”

 “These are lessons that will help see me through my golden years and adjusted my way of thinking for financial stability.” 

(Comments from our Pilot Project Participants)

 

 

 

 

 

For more information contact:

Elissa Bergman                                                                            Joan Feyrer
Development Manager                                                                 S.A.F.E. Program Coordinator
elissab@vwth.bc.ca                                                                     harrisonprogramming@vwth.bc.ca
250-592-2927 ext. 210                                                               250-592-2927 ext. 221

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