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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…..

PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT OUR PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT WITH CHEK TV.

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

SPRING CAMPAIGN 2011

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

 

Did you know that a child witnessing abuse is also a form of abuse?         
~Children Who Witness Abuse Counsellor, Victoria Women’s Transition House Society

 
This is the unfortunate reality for over 10,000 children in the Capital Regional District and 800,000 children in Canada (Statistics Canada 2007). 

 
Many of us will never need the courage and strength it takes a mother to leave, in fear for her life and the safety of her children, should she be caught escaping.

  
Often children witness repeated abuse and violence in their home before they are given a voice to express their stories. Children feel alone in their experience, confused, ashamed, and self-conscious, which impacts schoolwork and their ability to connect in social settings.

Transition houses do provide hope and a chance to break the cycle of abuse, but did you know there was a time in Canada, even in this last century, when transition houses and awareness of the issue of abuse was not a part of our society’s understanding?

 
As a result there are many women who endured abuse for decades and children who witnessed violence who grew up without any understanding of abuse or support.

 
The Older Women’s Outreach/Safe Home Program at Victoria Women’s Transition House Society provides counselling and support for women over the age of 50 who have experienced, or are currently experiencing abuse in their home.  The Safe Home component of this program provides a safe, secure and confidential accommodation in the community supporting women to connect with community resources such as lawyers, financial assistance, medical and affordable housing.

As a way to address and break the patterns of abuse that have become generational in nature, the Older Women’s Outreach/Safe Program provides education and support to women who want to make a change.  To prevent children from experiencing this in their future, our Children Who Witness Abuse Program provides services for children up to the age of eighteen.

Our philosophy is that education and healthy modelling at any age will help break the cycle of abuse.

 
COREY:

STAFF WILL NEVER FORGET COREY, A FOUR-YEAR OLD BOY WHO STAYED AT THE SHELTER A FEW YEARS AGO. HE SHOWED COMMON SIGNS OF HURT AND CONFUSION OVER THE ABUSE HE WITNESSED AND ENDURED HIMSELF. LIKE MANY CHILDREN, HE FELT RESPONSIBILITY BEYOND HIS AGE. IT WAS NOT UNCOMMON TO HEAR COREY SAY HE NEEDED TO GET A JOB. IT WAS NOT UNCOMMON TO FIND HIM SNEAKING AROUND THE SHELTER, ALONE, WITH A GUN MADE OF LEGO AS A “POLICE OFFICER” PROTECTING THE HOUSE. CHILDREN LIKE COREY FORGET WHAT IT IS LIKE TO BE A CHILD, AND OFTEN FEEL RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ABUSE IN THEIR FAMILIES.


Victoria Women’s Transition House, was one of the first to offer the Children Who Witness Abuse Program, over 23 years ago.

 This program was used as a model across British Columbia, Canada and beyond. It now includes Children In-Shelter counselling, individual and group counselling based at our Community Office, and the Children Who Witness Abuse Summer Camp. The children have the opportunity to share their stories of witnessing abuse in their homes and they learn how to be safe.  Most importantly, they learn how to build different type of relationships in their own lives.  Many come away from camp, groups, and counselling with the ability to identify the complexity of their feelings around families and the dynamics of the abuse they have witnessed.

Like the Children Who Witness Abuse Program and the Older Women’s Outreach/Safe Home Program, all our programs are in high demand.

 
Can we count on your support with a donation of $50, $100, or $250? You may contribute by sending in the attached coupon. Our mailing address is 100-3060 Cedar Hill Rd, Victoria, BC V8T 3J5.


Your donation will help all of our teams do what we do best.

 
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our co-worker Elissa Bergman, Development Manager, at 250.592.2927 ext 210 or elissab@vwth.bc.ca.

 

Spring Newsletter 2011             Spring Coupon 2011

 
Thank you.
 

             

Janet H., Jayde F., Rachel W., Elzbie J., Will B. and Georgia O.
Staff, Children Who Witness Abuse and Older Women’s Outreach Program
Victoria Women’s Transition House Society

NEW AGENCY VIDEO: 35 YEARS OF TRANSITION

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

 

35 Years of Transition from Kristina Campbell on Vimeo.

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