March 12th, 2012


 Our Weekly Women’s Group spoke about Ways of Relieving Stress here are some ideas they came up with: 

• Rub the right thumb in the palm of your left hand
• Press your fingertips together
• Rub your thumb and forefinger on each fingertip
• Restorative yoga  where you hold poses for several minutes
• Many yoga studios offer community classes for $5

Create a worry box (real or imaginary). Write your worries on a slip of paper. Put them in the box and make an appointment (day, time) to think about them. Meanwhile, don’t think about them.

Tip: To remove stuck on baking – soak the pan in water with a fabric softener sheet in it and presto.

Send someone a care package – chocolate, a picture frame, snack foods, chapstick, magazine or book.

Send a child a nice card and note.


March 8th, 2012


Watch the Mandela develop each week!

A group of women is working on developing personal wellness wheels. So far we have done a circle representing our physical well being, and this week we did one on our intellectual being. We begin the session with a focus, listen to a guided meditation, then paint from within. Women are finding it to be very inspiring and exciting.




March 8th, 2012

Thanks to a grant from the United Way, VWTH has a new group for women who have been at our shelter or who have used our services. The group meets for two hours Thursday mornings. We have a check in, discussion on a topic, an education or activity, and a checkout and will have guest speakers and field trips. The purpose is to learn, share, and have some fun.

The focus for March is Self Awareness – It’s all about Me!

We learn so much from one another:

Favourite books: The Secret Daughter (Shilpi Somaya Gowda), The Forgotten Garden (Kate Morton)

Favorite Ted Talks: Brene Brown: The Power of Vulnerability; Jill Bolte Taylor: Stroke of Insight ; Nigel Marsh: How to make work-life balance work (Listen to find out his version of a perfect day!)

Resources that have made a difference: Native Friendship Center; Mustard Seed Food banks

Google NPR Radio and listen to Regina Spekter.

For more information about the group, call our shelter: 250-385-6611


March 8th, 2012


200 bowls of nurturing and nourishing soups are prepared by Soup Sisters Victoria  in partnership with The London Chef  every month for women and children in the shelter at Victoria Women’s Transition House.

Founded in March 2009 by Calgarian Sharon Hapton, Soup Sisters support women’s shelters across the country with the very simple and heartfelt gesture of providing homemade soup. Soup Sisters is also deeply committed to raising awareness about domestic abuse and family violence. Soup Sisters launched in Victoria in March 2011 and has kept the women at our shelter nourished ever since. Sharon Hapton, Founder of Soup Sisters was named Chatelaine’s Woman of the Year in November 2011.


Victoria Soup Sisters events will usually be held on Monday evenings (unless moved for a holiday like May 1) from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at The London Chef, 953 Fort St. Victoria.

To ensure that a Soup Sisters event is a success, we need a minimum of 12 people and a maximum of 20 people. If you join as an individual or with a group of any size, the Soup Sisters team will match you up with a group to coordinate numbers and your preferred meeting night. Groups may be combined to reach the maximum of 20.
There is a participant fee of $50.

We have room for you to join us on May 1, July 30 and Sept. 24, 2012.

Book at victoria@soupsisters.org

Thank you to Dan and Micayla Hayes of The London Chef , Soup Sisters and everyone who has participated in the last year.

You continue to warm many hearts and bodies with your soup.


Soup Sisters


February 13th, 2012


Our Children Who Witness Abuse (CWWA) program playroom was in desperate need of an extreme makeover. With chipped paint, and looking drabby and sad the room, and the counselors were calling for help. As I am sure you can understand, the environment of this counselling space has an impact on the many children who enter it.

Answering the call came: Ruffell and Brown Interiors, Power to Be, Island Floor Centre, Harbour City Kitchen and Cloverdale Paint-Cedar Hill. With their combined support, and the work of other volunteers and staff the room has transformed to a brighter yet calm, safe and functional space.

In 2012 we are now providing an even more welcoming, comfortable, engaging, clean, and safe-feeling space for our many little clients!

Power to Be: Painter's in Action.

Power to Be: Painter's in Action.


Presenting Playroom 2012

Presenting Playroom 2012


February 10th, 2012


Join in for an afternoon of construction and sewing beautiful handbags for a great cause.

This FREE event takes place the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 1-5pm. This month on February 15. Materials are supplied

Held at : Sawyer Sewing Centre, 201-3400 Douglas Street.

Early catered dinner served at 4:30PM included.

Click on this link for registration details.


January 13th, 2012

2011 – Such Christmas Spirit.

What an amazing weekend!!! Thank you so much to all of the donors, volunteers, Board members and staff that helped bring Christmas to many women and children in 2011. The Community Office was filled with so much Christmas Spirit. It is mind boggling to see the amount of generosity that happens year after year. This year was one of our biggest hamper weekends ever with over 100 donors. 102_0857

The first Christmas on your own can be the most difficult. As a result of starting over, often with limited financial resources, women have little money available for gifts for their children or other loved ones. At such a difficult time of year, it helps to know there are thoughtful people who care and want to support their steps to ending domestic violence in their lives. This year 130 amazing hampers were prepared by our very generous donors and graciously accepted by the women and children transitioning towards a life free of abuse. The Christmas Hamper Program offers us an opportunity to remind our clients that we are still here for support and to show them that their community cares about them.

Thank you for your exceedingly generous Christmas hamper. I could hardly believe so many lovely gifts were for me – each one appropriate, the right size and heartwarming – everything from a darling teddy bear who invites affection to my grocery bill paid for weeks! Please know the abundance of your kindness continues to bless me with the spirit of Christmas. 2011 Christmas Hamper Recipients.

 If you are interested in being part of the 2012 Christmas Hamper Program or would like to donate items to the shelter for Christmas please email christmas@vwth.bc.ca.


December 29th, 2011

Thank you community for sending in your donations and making hampers.

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December 13th, 2011

From Makenna Rielly, in regards to a recent administrative consolidation and leadership announcement.

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December 12th, 2011

Help us build us some Christmas Karma.

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