SOUP SISTERS – WARMING HEARTS

September 25th, 2012

I attended my first Soup Sisters event yesterday at London Chef. This volunteer led organization, with locations across the country, invites participants to sign up each month and participate in a soup making evening which benefits Victoria Women’s Transition House. Last night about 18 participants shared the chopping, stirring and simmering and at the end of the night, 150-200 servings of soup were stored in containers and then delivered to our shelter and Harrison Place today where the soup is frozen and used as needed (which is fairly often). The soup is used to feed children staying at the Shelter at lunchtime and often women, after a long day of appointments and juggling all the tasks of rebuilding a life, turn to it for sustenance as well.

What a great initiative this is – soup is a practical and meaningful way to share nurturing and caring for the women who use our shelter and it’s also a great event for your team, book club or birthday celebration. The cost of enrollment goes directly to the ingredients, tools and space for the evening – everything is supplied including a light dinner with soup , salad and wine to wrap up the evening. For more information on how to get involved as a volunteer or to sign up for a soup making evening, visit www.soupsisters.org.

THIS OCTOBER 7 RUN OR WALK FOR A HOPEFUL NEW BEGINNING

September 18th, 2012

The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon is coming up on October 7 and we are delighted to welcome the 20+ runners who have already signed up to collect pledges for the Victoria Women’s Transition House as part of their run. Thank you runners and walkers! 

  

There is still room to join our team, Mission:Transition, in the 8km, half marathon or the full marathon. Whether you are a serious runner, a casual walker, part of a running team or a group of friends that walk together, we welcome you to participate. Please contact Penny Dunlop at pennyd@vwth.bc.ca or 250-598-2927 ext. 213 for more information or to register. 

JOIN US FOR OUR AGM SEPTEMBER 13

September 5th, 2012

 

For 38 years, our donors, volunteers and staff have worked together towards our common vision: a community free of relationship violence and abuse. To learn more about all we have accomplished together and upcoming activities as well, join us at our Annual General Meeting Thursday, September 13th. You will also have the chance to sign up as a society member, meet our Board and staff and if a member, vote on incoming Directors too.  Please click here for details.

 

 Please feel free to contact us with any questions  or rsvp to yukos@vwth.bc.ca.  

 

 

 

 

YOU’RE INVITED! UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN KICK OFF SEPTEMBER 12

August 29th, 2012

The United Way is a generous supporter of the Victoria Women’s Transition House programs and services and we are very excited to be a part of their upcoming Campaign Kick Off at Ogden Point September 12 from 7:30 am to 9:30 am.

Come down and enjoy the pancake breakfast, games and entertainment and say hello to Transition House staff who will be on site at our info booth. For more information visit the United Way website by clicking here.

Hope to see you on the 12th!

VICTORIA GOLF CLUB CHARITY EVENTS RAISE $125,000.

August 2nd, 2012

 

The annual Victoria Golf Charity Events raised an astounding $125, 000 in June. A women’s tournament, men’s tournament and Monte Carlo Gala provided for fun and engaging entertainment for all who attended and we were pleased to share information about the services provided by the Victoria Women’s Transition House and the importance of donations and community support in the work that we do.

 
We extend the warmest thanks to the Victoria Golf Club, an amazing organizing committee, and all of the generous participants, sponsors and donors. The success of these events relies on the generosity and volunteerism of many businesses and individuals and we invite you to view them here.

For a list of sponsors please click here

ONE BOLD CHOICE TO STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN.

May 11th, 2012

 

Apr. 14/12 – May 13/12


Visit HomeSense or Winners today to support Shelter from the Storm. Help us raise funds for the Canadian Women’s Foundation to support emergency shelters and violence prevention programs in your community. Victoria Women’s Transition House is one of the shelters receiving support from your donations.

Buy a decal for $2, $5 or $10 and you have the chance to win one of three $1000 shopping sprees plus instant prizes!* Plus purchase a limited edition item from our exclusive collection in support of Shelter from the Storm.

For more information about the programs that benefit from your support, please visit www.canadianwomen.org.

For contest details visit www.givesheltertowin.ca

 
Winners – Victoria
Tillicum Mall
3170 Tillicum Road
Victoria, BC V9A 7C5
Phone: 250-361-4511

Winners – Victoria (Langford)
Westshore Town Centre
2495 Jacklin Rd.
Victoria (Langford), BC V9B 5E3
Phone: 250-391-1829

HomeSense Store – Victoria
805 Cloverdale Avenue, Unit 102
Island Home Centre
Victoria, BC V8X 2S9
Phone: 250-386-2641

 
HomeSense Store – Langford (Victoria)
Westshore Town Centre
2495 Jacklin Road
Langford (Victoria), BC V9B 5E3
Phone: 250-391-1829

YOGA ANYONE?

May 11th, 2012

Everything you seek is within you. Realize the joy, freedom & love within.

Sugar Fix Kundalini Yoga raves take from traditional practice, blending chanting, kriyas, breath work, and dancing to make you move. This style of yoga is about freeing energy and releasing stored tension in the body, you’ll leave the studio with a renewed sence of appreciation and inner piece.

For more information….

SALLY MORSE IS COMING BACK!

April 19th, 2012

 

Ruffell & Brown Interiors  are so excited to be bringing Sally Morse back to Victoria! She is a dynamic international interior designer, TV personality and author who will present her “Magic of Threes in Design” seminar from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on May 29th in our showroom at 2745 Bridge Street. This seminar is a fact-filled session that points out the many times the number three is used in design rules. With information she gathered from major European design shows including Maison et Objet, Heimtextil, Decosit, and La Biennel, Sally will also show this year’s hottest home furnishings trends and how they can be adapted for the Canadian homeowner.

A frequent guest on HGTV, Sally’s work has been featured in Women’s Day, Better Homes and Gardens and Windows & Walls magazines, and she recently co-authored a book on window coverings and has written many articles on interior design, color and trends. Her “Ask Sally” column can be found on the Hunter Douglas website.

All proceeds will benefit the Victoria Women’s Transition House.

Refreshments and Nanaimo Bars starting at 6:30 p.m.!

 
For more information and to secure tickets go to http://ruffell-brown.com/sally-morse/

MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT THE WORK.

April 19th, 2012

 

This week is a dedicated to recognition of volunteers in Canada. At Victoria Women’s Transition House we honour each of the volunteers who have devoted many hours to support women and children who face the difficult issue of abuse in their lives. Our volunteers play with children, answer the crisis line, cook and bake, clean and organize, speak in the community, bake, pick up and sort donations, offer their specialized skills such as yoga or massage. Last year volunteers contributed about 130 volunteers contributed over 7500 hours.

Our volunteers go through an extensive training program – to quote one volunteer “I learned so much about this provocative issue and enjoyed the deep discussions and activities!” If you are interested in joining our volunteer team, call Dianne at 592-2927 ext 222 or see the volunteer section of the website transitionhouse.net

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SPRING CAMPAIGN 2012.

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

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