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Thursday, November 24th, 2011


Talented Artisans around the world have a simple dream- to earn an honest living, provide a home. Food and education for their children, and to be gainfully employed in a job that brings dignity and joy. Ten Thousand Villages Oak Bay partners with such artisans to sell “Fair Trade” goods at a fair trade price. Also supporting the local community they are supporting Victoria Women’s Transition House on December 3. Please open the attached for details.

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A Campaign with Victoria Foundation – November 15, 9am to noon on November 18: How much can we raise in 75-Hours?

Thursday, November 10th, 2011


“The journey that the children and I have endured has been, needless to say painful and difficult. The details of everyone’s situation are slightly different, but the net effect of being in an abusive relationship is the same for all. It leaves a trail of damaged lives in need of healing. This  is the journey that my  children and I are on, and with the help, support, and encouragement of the staff at VWTH we are making it happen. Your services have been a lifeline for the children and I. It is so crucial to the healing process to have, encouragement, and support in order to strengthen and rebuild our lives”.        ~Client

This story is just one example of how your donations make a difference.

·         Women who use our services come from all social, cultural, and financial backgrounds.  They may be women with or without children. Their ages can range from teenagers to elders in their 90s;

·         They may seek our counselling services for  themselves and their children who have witnessed abuse;

·         They may have experienced  physical  emotional, verbal, and financial abuse

·         Having to escape quickly, women who access our shelter services may arrive with only  the clothes they are wearing and have no money;

·         They may have called several times to seek guidance from our 24-hour crisis line before they make the decision to seek shelter or counselling;

·         Children and youth learn from the counsellors that the abuse they have witnessed in their home is not their fault.

Described above are examples of the situations faced by the over 4,000 women and children who are clients of our 10 programs and services each year (for more information on our programs and services, see page two of our newsletter linked below).

In three months the following services typically will be provided by Victoria Women’s Transition House:

·         36 women and 21 children will be sheltered at the Transition House.

·         The 24-hour Crisis Line will receive up to 498 calls.

·         58 children and 42 mothers or caregivers will participate in individual counselling sessions through the Children Who Witness Abuse program.

·         33 women will receive a total of 122 individual counselling sessions through the Stopping the Violence Counselling Program.

·       128 women will be referred to the Spousal Assault Victim Support Program.

·         26 women will access services through the Older Women’s Program.

·         26 women will continue to be housed at Harrison Place.

·         11 women will participate in S.A.F.E. Program (Self-Sufficiency and Asset-Building through Financial Education).


Your donation is needed.


Victoria Women’s Transition House Society is taking part in the “Victoria Foundation 75-HOUR CHALLENGE” November 15, 9am to noon on November 18. All funds donated will be stretched by the Victoria Foundation and put towards permanent hosted endowments.



·         On November 15, 9am to November 18 noon

·         Go to

·         Click on the “Make a Donation” button and follow the steps through the CanadaHelps page, indicate you are supporting Victoria Women’s Transition House

·          You will receive an electronic tax-receipt through Canada Helps


·         Prepare a cheque made out to Victoria Foundation

·         Date the cheque either Nov. 15, Nov. 16, Nov 17, or Nov 18

·         Memo Line to say “75hr Challenge-VWTH

·         Mail or bring the cheque with your coupon to: Victoria Women’s Transition House,

100-3060 Cedar Hill Rd., Victoria, BC   V8T 3J5 ($10 or more will receive a tax receipt)

If your preference is to give to our current operating costs, we welcome your donation as that is needed too.

For further information, please enjoy the enclosed newsletter and visit our Facebook Page for current happenings:  Facebook Page: Victoria Women’s Transition House.




Parm Kroad,
Programs Director

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.



Tuesday, October 25th, 2011


We are a group of Oak Bay High leadership students who volunteered for the Victoria Women’s transition house at the marathon on Sunday, October 9th. We helped out at the cheer station on Dallas Road. There were so many dedicated volunteers, at the cheer station, we had one person with a megaphone, encouraging the runners and walkers with pom-poms and posters. We felt that the runner and walkers were encouraged by our cheering. We noticed that because of our cheering, the runners and walkers were having a more enjoyable time. Thank you to the Victoria Women’s Transition House for letting us be a part of this experience.


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Monday, October 17th, 2011

Dear Friends,

I want to express my deepest appreciation and millions of “Thank Yous” to the staff and volunteers, as well as donors for our Christmas Hamper last month. In times of turmoil for us your initial phone call for offering it brought joy and hope. For the weeks after, I felt like we were not forgotten, nor let alone. This feeling of being part of our community gave me the courage to continue to overcome my daily challenges. I was able to save/use money in a prudent way for our daily needs, and also to help pay for huge medical/rehab bills from my injuries sustained in the past. I can’t envision how I would have been able to afford many presents for my son nor to even have the physical stamina and strength to shop and wrap multiple presents while still in active rehab for many injuries. ~Hamper Recipient

Thank you for your past support! We hope you will consider preparing a hamper this year.

New: Hamper Options:

1.      2011 Women, With or Without Children:

·         The women or families who accessed our programs or stayed at the Shelter this year and have moved on to a safe life without abuse.

·         We will provide you with a family’s wish list.


2.      Expectant “Unknown” Families Who Arrive at Christmas:

·         These are women and/or families who will arrive at the Shelter within days of Christmas. As we are not aware of the demographics now, we will not be able to share exact ages or names.

·         We can provide you with an “imagined” family’s wish list. Your hamper will provide gifts and happiness to incoming residents at Christmas.


3.      General Items for Shelter:

·         We will provide you with a list of items needed year round.

The hamper drop-off dates to the Community Office are December 8 & 9. If you are able to participate this year, please fill in the attached form and return by scanning and emailing to, or by mail to the Community Office.

For more information please go to


Wednesday, October 12th, 2011


 “Thank you so much to all of our partners, participants and donors. Team Mission Transition raised…..

Click Here to See How Much.


Tuesday, October 4th, 2011


To date we have raised $5,000 with Team Mission: Transition in the Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon for Victoria Women’s Transition House Society.

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Friday, September 30th, 2011

“Please vote for us to spread the word that Victoria Women’s Transition House is part of making Victoria Better. You do not need to leave any personal information to vote and can vote daily at”

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2010 – 2011 Annual Report

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Thank you for your continued support of our work, and generosity!

2010 – 2011 Annual Report


Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Check out these photos and see what inspiring or funny ideas you can come up with. Out of ideas, then come and watch photos be taken on Sunday October 2 at Tillicum Centre. Check out for more information.



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