Celebrating Fall at the Shelter
It’s often very meaningful for Shelter residents to have a special celebration meal at the Shelter during their stay. On September 22 – the first day of fall – VWTH staff organized a Harvest Dinner in celebration of the Autumn Equinox. It was an opportunity to come together, build community and to give Shelter residents, staff and volunteers a way to celebrate the changing seasons and reflect on their hopes for the fall.

Many people worked together to make the dinner possible. The House Manager put together beautiful table settings and the Children’s Team staff decorated the room. They also created a ‘Gratitude Tree’ where everyone was invited to write something that they were grateful for on a colourful, paper leaf and attach it to the shared display. Cooking the dinner was also a collective effort with dishes made by staff and our committed volunteers. For dessert there were two delicious cakes, donated by our friends at the Food Share Network as well as a cupcake decorating station that was especially popular with the kids.

Thanks to a generous donor we filled the Shelter dining room with fresh flowers! Calvin Stevenson from U Deserve Flowers provided potted plants and arrangements in vases to brighten the day for residents (and some flowers and plants were also delivered to our third stage Transitional Housing Program for older women – sharing the brightness of the occasion!). The Shelter dining room was beautifully decorated, warm and inviting, with the delicious smells of homemade chili and butternut squash soup. All the effort that the staff and volunteers made was greatly appreciated by those in attendance at the dinner. We are also so grateful to our donors who make these special occasions possible for those who are fleeing such difficult situations.
Program Updates
Older Women’s Program – Outdoor Adventure 
Sometimes older women feel forgotten, especially when it comes to access to more adventurous activities. After witnessing the success of the child and youth program’s collaboration with Power to Be – a local non-profit that supports access to nature for those experiencing barriers – an Outdoor Activity Day was planned for participants of our Older Women’s Program. The hope was to provide those women with a chance to connect with nature and outdoor activities; to build confidence and provide an alternate way to explore healing through nature; and also to build connection between clients. 
The group facilitator recognized some of the mobility issues experienced by participants and provided fully accessible options. The setting provided a calming backdrop for a paddle, mindfulness activity and a short hike to a view point. Participants reported feeling relaxed and refreshed by the experience, and that they felt better equipped to face the day and week ahead.
This was a wonderful, inclusive day and we were pleased to offer this opportunity for women to explore canoeing in a safe and accessible environment.
Non-profit partnership to drive legacy giving
As a supporter of Victoria Women’s Transition House, you already understand the importance of our commitment to help women and children affected by intimate partner violence and abuse. You also recognize the need for donations and funding to allow us to continue this vital work.

Throughout a lifetime, most Canadians support charitable causes they believe in, in whatever way they can. Some volunteer, others offer financial support. For most it’s a combination of the two. But when it comes time to plan a Will, there can be understandable concerns. Is making a gift to a charitable organization via a Will the right choice?

“Will I be able to support my loved ones AND the causes I care about?”
“Will my family still be able to fully enjoy prosperity in the future?”
“Will my family understand my decision to leave a portion of my estate to a charity?”
The answer to all three questions can be “yes,” if your intentions are clear and your estate is planned correctly with the help of a financial advisor.

For instance, a gift in your Will to a charitable organization may actually benefit your estate by reducing or potentially even eliminating the taxes owed, resulting in the same amount of money left to your beneficiaries. Another approach is using a life insurance policy. A financial advisor will be able to answer any questions you may have about these and other planned giving options.

The Victoria Women’s Transition House is proud to be a part of the Will Power initiative, a national campaign devoted to inspiring Canadians to use their Wills as a means to support their favourite causes and charities. We encourage you to find out more, including how you can leave a gift in your Will, via our Will Power page or contact Susan Howard, Development & Communications Director at susanh@vwth.bc.ca
Recent Events
National Day for Truth & Reconciliation
Staff across the organization spent time reflecting on Reconciliation ahead of the 2nd Annual Day of Truth & Reconciliation. Information displays were set up in several locations and staff were encouraged to wear orange shirts. As an organization, VWTH continues to examine current practices and consult with Indigenous leaders, Elders and members of staff to better understand diverse experiences and ensure that Transition House provides support services to all clients in a thoughtful, inclusive, equitable and culturally appropriate manner.
Coming soon at Transition House
Hamper Program
A gift can come in many forms, but the kindness behind it is what shines through! Thank you to all those who have supported our Hamper Program in the past. Last year, thanks to the generosity of our donors, we made Christmas a little brighter for a tremendous number of client families - 265 women and their children – all who received a hamper from Victoria Women’s Transition House.
Due to health and safety concerns, over the past two seasons we have flexed from Hamper gifts to Hamper gift cards. The happy result is that these changes to the Christmas Hamper program have been very popular with our clients and have provided a sense of independence, allowing them to buy gifts for their families while still giving the same joy of the season witnessed in past years.
Please note that we will be collecting donations of Gift Cards only again this year, in lieu of gift items, and will then distribute them to the women and families to use for their own Christmas shopping. To make your donation please visit our website OR email christmas@vwth.bc.ca or call 250-380-7527 ext#111
We're Hiring
Interested in working at Victoria Women's Transition House? We are a vibrant, collaborative organization looking for exceptional people to help us grow as we work towards our mission of ending intimate partner violence Please take a look at current employment opportunities and requirements on our website.
Thank You Donors
Beyond the Trail
On September 17th, Chanterelle Arbic ran the 47km Juan de Fuca Trail to raise funds for and awareness of VWTH programs and services and to break the silence around intimate partner violence and abuse. A cause close to Chanterelle’s heart, she shared how she was five-years old the first time she was exposed to domestic violence in her family home. Throughout her childhood, Chanterelle witnessed and suffered abuse and as an adult she has been working to heal herself. Conquering the trail was part of this process. 
Chanterelle writes: “I have so many words, so many emotions, so many people to thank and the most gratitude I’ve ever felt. The whole time on the trail I purely felt at home, it was beautiful weather and everything went according to plan. The trail kept us safe and the people kept us going.” Incredible community support saw donations total over $8,500. We send our sincere thanks and appreciation to Chanterelle for digging deep and sharing her experience with us. Thank you to everyone who donated to ‘Beyond the Trail’ and supported Chanterelle’s impressive fundraiser.  
Foxy Box Langford and Victoria
Foxy Box Laser & Wax Bar have supported VWTH at both their Langford and Victoria locations recently. Staff at the Langford salon gathered items and organized a Garage Sale with all proceeds to VWTH. The Victoria salon hosted a Customer Appreciation Day with all proceeds from raffle ticket sales directed to Transition House programs and services.
Our thanks to everyone involved in these two initiatives!
Elements Casino
Thank you to Elements Casino Victoria for their recent generous donation to the Victoria Women's Transition House! The money was raised through customer and staff donations, directed to us by the women-led management team, (l - r) Catherine, Carolyn and Rose, pictured with our Development Manager Christine. Thank you, your donation will make a difference to women and children in our community.
CIBC Wood Gundy
We were extremely grateful to receive a generous donation from the CIBC Wood Gundy Blue Heron Advisory Group. The donation was made possible through proceeds from CIBC Miracle Day, when CIBC Wood Gundy Investment Advisors and CIBC’s Capital Markets team donate their fees and commissions in support of children’s charities. This gift will support VWTH Child and Youth programs. Thank You!
Dates for Your Diary - October
  • All month – Women’s History Month
  • 4/5 Yom Kippur
  • 10 – Thanksgiving
  • 11 – International Day of the Girl Child
  • 15 – Local Election Day
  • 24 – Diwali
  • 31 - Halloween
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Victoria Women’s Transition House Society collaborates, advocates and educates to address and prevent intimate partner violence and abuse of women and children through supportive shelter, housing, counselling and other community-based services.

Victoria Women's Transition House Society is a registered charity. 
Our charitable registration number is: 10817 3501 RR0001.
Territory Acknowledgment
It is with much respect to the Lkwungen and SENĆOŦEN speaking peoples of the WSÁNEĆ, Esquimalt, and Songhees Nations, on whose traditional territories the Victoria Women’s Transition House Society is located, that we make this acknowledgment with the expressed shared hope to live in communities free of intimate partner violence.