Archive for the ‘News and Events’ Category

JULY’S BLOG FOR A CAUSE – Call to Action

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Volunteering is a regular part of my life. I feel I must always be doing something to contribute positively to other people’s lives……

To read more….

VICTORIA GOLF CLUB CHARITY TOURNAMENT UPDATE

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Please see the following article in The Globe and Mail.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/managing/giving-back/womens-shelter-gets-helping-hand-from-the-links/article2099077/

 

 

CORK & FORK: A CASUAL WEEKNIGHT OUT

Friday, June 17th, 2011

 

Victoria Family Chiropractic’s Annual Fundraiser for Children Who Witness Abuse Summer Camp. Live music, massage,

raffle …

 

Cork & Fork Invitation

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.     

Are your running shoes ready?

Monday, May 9th, 2011

 

 

On Sunday October 9, 2011 thousands will walk, run or wheel their way through scenic Victoria.

 

There is a distance for everyone: the kids run of 1.5 km, the 8 km walk or run, half marathon or full marathon.

 

Victoria Women’s Transition House is thrilled to again be a member of the Charity Pledge Program in the Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon.

 

Consider joining our team to help raise awareness and the necessary funds to run our programs.

 

Contact Jackie Cox-Ziegler at 250-592-2927 ext. 214 or email jackiecz@vwth.bc.ca or

             Elissa Bergman at 250-592-2927 ext. 210 or email elissab@vwth.bc.ca

 

 

MAY’S BLOG FOR A CAUSE: Cycle for Change

Monday, May 9th, 2011

 

How far can you ride your bike?”

 

Cycle for Change was conceived four years ago by this simple question.

 

Here is a sneak preview of this blog which will appear

in the Saanich News on May 11.

 

Cycle for Change

 

 

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

 

 

 

Canadian Champion to Visit VGC Charity Tournament

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

 

Would you like to learn how to hit a 350 yard drive ?

Lisa “Longball” will enjoy her first visit to Victoria on June 23 for the 16th Annual Victoria Golf Club Charity Event, BC’s Premier Women’s Charity Golf Event.

Press Release: Victoria Golf Club Charity Event

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

APRIL’S BLOG FOR A CAUSE

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Hi, I’m golfer Lisa “Longball” Vlooswyk and I am the reigning Canadian Long Drive Champion and currently ranked 2nd in the World. I am thrilled to be this month’s guest blogger as I have one heck of and event to share with everyone.

To See April’s Blog for a Cause…..

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