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SPRING CAMPAIGN 2012.

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

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March 29, 2012

Dear Friend,
“You are all so special to me and my son—we are very lucky to have known you! You ALL have given me confidence, helped me realize I don’t have to be superwoman, and given advice that will stay with me for years to come. Our lives have changed since we’ve come here and you’ll never know the gratitude I have towards you all…Thank you for an amazing transition and always supporting us”.   ~Letter from Shelter Client

Together in action we can help! This Spring Campaign’s success will support our mission to provide shelter, support, counselling and education to women of all ages, with or without children, so that they can live free from the effects of abuse in intimate relationships.

Women and children are taking the steps to new beginnings this Spring by making a phone call to the 24-Hour Information & Support Line, run out of our Shelter.

Women and children may reside in our Shelter for 30 days with support from the Women or Children’s Shelter Counselling Teams, or they might directly access one of our other programs with or without having stayed at the Shelter:

• Stopping the Violence Counselling for women;
• Children Who Witness Abuse Programs for the children;
• Advocacy and counselling through the Older Women Program;
• Support to victims of assault, threats or criminal harassment from our Spousal Assault Victim Support Counselling Program;
• Harrison Place/Regional Domestic Violence Unit/Community Education/Volunteer

 
These are just some of the ways that a woman’s first step, becomes a second step as the difficult journey begins. 

The support of you the donors, volunteers, and staff assist the women’s brave journeys that takes place each and every day. The journey isn’t a quick two week fix. Women with children often need their own counselling before they realize the impact on their children as well. Please read Silent no More in our enclosed newsletter, the story of one mother and her child who now have found their voices to speak.

Our Spring goal is to raise $45,000 of the $800,000 we need to raise each year.

Each year almost 4,000 women and children take steps towards a safe place but still need more. The Inspiring Women’s Circle offers a group for those who have used one of our services before to continue on the path beyond our other programs. It is a weekly gathering for women to come together and learn, share, have fun and support each other as the journey carries on. This innovative program is supported by our counselling staff and volunteers and allows the women’s journeys to continue.

 
When you donate, you are investing in people. You are ensuring the phone is answered to provide information and support, any time of day that it rings. You are providing counselling, education, support and advocacy for women and children.

 
Spring is the time to take a step, make a change, new beginnings. The success of these steps carrying forward along the path depends on the support of donors like you.

 
Please consider supporting us monthly so the steps can carry on. You may do so by returning the coupon/form on our blog.

 
The words of the client below show the difference your gift makes.

“Hope, courage, joy, dignity, surprise, being valued, self-esteem, and a sense of being recipient of huge kindness and generosity… Thanks to all of you, and I hope to pass this kindness to others in the future years. “ ~Thank you from Community Office Client   

Sincerely,

 

 
Elissa Bergman
Revenue Development Manager
(250) 592-2927 ext. 210

 
PS.  The work of Transition House goes on all year and every year. Please consider remembering Transition House in your will.

VWTH Spring 2012 Newsletter                                         Spring 2012 Coupon

FALL CAMPAIGN AND NEWSLETTER.

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

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 “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 below).

Our three-month campaign goal is to raise $100,000 of the $800,000 we need to raise each year.

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

Your donation is needed.

Please join us in supporting the women and children in your community.
A donation of $75, $150, $500, or whatever you can manage is appreciated. You may do so by mailing a cheque to 100-3060 Cedar Hill Rd   Victoria, BC V8T 3J5, by calling (250) 592-2927, or by going on our website to the “Donate” tab and clicking on the blue “Donate through Canadahelps.org” button. 

Your donation is important to supporting all the women and children that use our many services and programs.

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

Sincerely,
 
Parm Kroad,
Programs Director

 

 

Elissa Bergman, B.A., B.F.A.
Development Manager
Victoria Women’s Transition House Society
100-3060 Cedar Hill Rd
Victoria, BC V8T 3J5
(250) 592-2927 ext 210
www.transitionhouse.net

 

VWTH Holiday News 2011 

 

 

2010 – 2011 Annual Report

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

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

2010 – 2011 Annual Report

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

V.W.T.H. 2009-2010 Annual Report

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

 

Our annual report is now ready for viewing.

Please click here to see 2009-2010 Annual Report

Spring Newsletter 2010

Monday, June 7th, 2010

 

 

Spring Newsletter 2010

Spring 2010 Campaign: Your Contribution will Help End Violence against Women

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

After  35 years of service to the community, there are a lot of stories to tell. We would like to take this opportunity to share with you a story about hope and healing.

 

                Anna was 3-years old  the first time she met with a children’s  program counsellor at Victoria Women’s Transition House Society. The violence that Anna witnessed at an early age had become a serious behavioral concern. In daycare,  Anna pushed, hurt, and yelled at other children. She needed to control the actions of  classmates and situations. VWTH counselling staff  helped Anna to recognize and express her emotions appropriately. Today,  Anna is a much calmer and happier child. 

By  working with children and their families, Victoria Women’s Transition House Society  program staff help to break the intergenerational cycle of violence against women and children.

 

We would like to commend our staff for their loyalty and dedication to this organization and our clients.   Their compassion starts with the first phone call, visit or moment on the doorstep and does not end with the last goodbye. Our staff often hear from and keep in touch with clients they saw as children who have grown up to have healthy marriages and attend post-secondary schooling.  

 

For 35 years children and their families have been helped to heal through programs offered at no cost in the Shelter and at our Community Office.  These services could not be offered  without financial help from the community. 

 

We hope you will join our community by donating to our 35th Anniversary Campaign to End Violence Against Women. Go to the donation page to donate, or call us at (250) 592-2927.

 

Many thanks,

 

Carolyn Fast

Executive Director

 

Ps. You may wish to join our  Monthly Donor  Program. Upon your first donation you will receive a story about a child, woman, or family who was helped by your monthly donation.    

 

Pss. Mark Your Calendars for September 21st, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, for a local celebrity hosted tea and art exhibits at Greater Victoria Art Gallery followed by a short AGM.

 

 

Please click on link below to see Spring Newsletter.

 

 

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