Amy is a runner. But not the kind you'd think. She ran away from abuse, and took her kids with her. She ran to Interval House. As the first shelter in Canada for abused women and children, Interval House is a leader in the campaign for women's empowerment, and we not only give women like Amy a safe place to stay — we help them get back on their feet through counselling, housing support and employment programs.
Each year, Interval House sees hundreds of women walk through our doors. The women, like Amy, who call our four walls home get access to critical counselling programs that help them recognize the effects of abuse, and build self-esteem. The kids who stay with us express their emotions in a safe environment and learn about healthy conflict resolution through groups that are co-facilitated by female and male counsellors.
Interval House also opens its doors to women from across the community. Building Economic Self-Sufficiency (BESS) is a life-changing program that helps women put abuse behind them for good. BESS offers women assistance with re-entering the workforce by providing workshops, job development and helpful referrals. And for clients who are moving, the Resettlement Program helps them find affordable housing and settle into their new neighbourhoods.
All of our programs have one goal in common: To help women break the cycle of violence and achieve independence.