Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

Children Who Witness Domestic Violence DVD Available Now

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

The Victoria Women’s Transition House is pleased to announce their educational DVD “Behind Closed Doors” is now available for purchase.

“Behind Closed Doors: Children Who Witness Domestic Violence” is a video whose primary audience is parents who have gone through or who are currently experiencing domestic violence.  It is designed to be viewed in the presence of professional facilitators. The facilitator’s role is an important one, in guiding the audience through discussion after the screening.

The content is driven by psychologist Dr. Sandra Wieland who explains some of the physiological processes of the brain that occur when children are impacted by domestic violence. She and another professional suggest strategies for both children and parents to counter the negative impact of witnessing violence.

For more information or to purchase a copy of “Behind Closed Doors”, please contact Heidi Gayleard at 250-592-2927 or email info@vwth.bc.ca.

Behind Closed Doors DVD Order Form

 

WEEKLY WOMAN’S CIRCLE TOPIC OF THE WEEK

Monday, March 12th, 2012

 

 Our Weekly Women’s Group spoke about Ways of Relieving Stress here are some ideas they came up with: 

• Rub the right thumb in the palm of your left hand
• Press your fingertips together
• Rub your thumb and forefinger on each fingertip
• Restorative yoga  where you hold poses for several minutes
• Many yoga studios offer community classes for $5

 
Create a worry box (real or imaginary). Write your worries on a slip of paper. Put them in the box and make an appointment (day, time) to think about them. Meanwhile, don’t think about them.

 
Tip: To remove stuck on baking – soak the pan in water with a fabric softener sheet in it and presto.

 
Send someone a care package – chocolate, a picture frame, snack foods, chapstick, magazine or book.

 
Send a child a nice card and note.

THE MANDELA WELLNESS WHEEL PROJECT.

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

 

Watch the Mandela develop each week!

 
A group of women is working on developing personal wellness wheels. So far we have done a circle representing our physical well being, and this week we did one on our intellectual being. We begin the session with a focus, listen to a guided meditation, then paint from within. Women are finding it to be very inspiring and exciting.

 

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INSPIRING WOMEN’S CIRCLE

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

 
Thanks to a grant from the United Way, VWTH has a new group for women who have been at our shelter or who have used our services. The group meets for two hours Thursday mornings. We have a check in, discussion on a topic, an education or activity, and a checkout and will have guest speakers and field trips. The purpose is to learn, share, and have some fun.

The focus for March is Self Awareness – It’s all about Me!

 
We learn so much from one another:

 
Favourite books: The Secret Daughter (Shilpi Somaya Gowda), The Forgotten Garden (Kate Morton)

 
Favorite Ted Talks: Brene Brown: The Power of Vulnerability; Jill Bolte Taylor: Stroke of Insight ; Nigel Marsh: How to make work-life balance work (Listen to find out his version of a perfect day!)

 
Resources that have made a difference: Native Friendship Center; Mustard Seed Food banks

 
Google NPR Radio and listen to Regina Spekter.

 
For more information about the group, call our shelter: 250-385-6611

Monday Monday Feature Story on Transition House SAFE Project.

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Women’s Transition House Gives Abused Seniors Hope.

“Suddenly, you find yourself at the bottom rung of the ladder … You wouldn’t think this could happen to you, then it does.”

Faith was in her early 50s by the time she decided to leave her husband. She had suffered through decades of physical and emotional abuse before saying ‘no more’ — but that’s not something she talks freely about.

To read full article click on link below.

http://mondaymag.com/articles/entry/womens-transition-house-gives-abused-seniors-hope

 

JUNE’S BLOG FOR A CAUSE: Victoria Foundation

Monday, June 6th, 2011

At the Victoria Foundation we have a bird’s eye view of the over 1,000 charitable organizations in our region. These charities fill the gaps in our communities when other services fall short.

 

Victoria Foundation

S.A.F.E. Empowers Women

Monday, June 6th, 2011

 

The S.A.F.E. (Self-sufficiency and Assets through Financial Education) Program provides critical financial education, emotional support, and a safety net for older women living in our supported housing. 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+) to set life goals, build financial literacy skills, savings and self-reliance. Participants work towards creating a sustainable future that includes moving to 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.  

 
Participants in S.A.F.E. are beginning to set life goals through the PATH process.  The PATH is an individual process that assists a participant to move along the continuum from dwelling in the past to thinking of her future—a foundation for saving money each month.  She looks at her dreams for the future and then develops an action plan.  For most participants this is the first time they have had an opportunity to actually explore the idea of “dreams” rather than the reality of a day to day, hand to mouth existence.

 
Future steps include workshops and individual support sessions to assist participants to develop financial skills necessary to budget and acquire savings. Individual donors or small groups of donors can support a woman by matching her savings (up to $ 30 a month for 18 months).  Savings will be available at the end of the program and will be used to promote the participant’s self-sufficiency according to an approved spending plan. 

 

“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 or to donate to this exciting program contact Elissa Bergman (elissab@vwth.bc.ca ) or Joan Feyrer (joanf@vwth.bc.ca) at 250-592-2927.

 
Donations may be made through CanadaHelps.ca and designated for the S.A.F.E. Program.     

Joyous Living

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

 

Want fulfilling friendships or personal peace?

 

Women’s Retreat all day on May 28th with an interactive and fun workshop led

by Sharon Baker.

 

Call 250-592-2927 ext.222 to register. Open the link below for details.

 

Joyous Living 2011

 

 

 

OLDER WOMEN OVERCOMING ABUSE

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

 

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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Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

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