Interim Place's Steps to End Violence Against Women
Interim Place - Mississauga's only emergency shelter for women experiencing violence - is asking Peel Residents to lace up their walking shoes and register their team in this year's Steps to End Violence Against Women Walk, taking place on Sunday August 26th. Last year's walk raised $35,000 to fund Interim Place's work, which includes:
Providing safe shelter: Interim Place housed 155 women and 98 children in its emergency shelters and successfully helped them to transition to safety and housing, over the last year
Crisis Response: Interim Place fielded 1,700 crisis calls, providing women with counseling, support and information over the last year
Counselling and support: Interim Place supported 485 women and their 275 children living in abusive homes to safely leave and plan for safe permanent housing for themselves and their children over the last year
This year, Interim Place's goal is $50,000 to continue to support the important work of providing support and services to women and their children who have experienced violence. This year's walk will honor the eight women who lost their lives to violence in Peel over the last year, including Cheryl McVarish, 43, Mississauga (Port Credit); Beata Paciorek, 35, Brampton; Yunying Pan, 40, Mississauga; Baljit Thandi, 32, Brampton; Avtar Kaur, 60, Brampton; Elaine Bellevue, 61, Mississauga; Hoden Said, 30, Brampton; and Alicia Lewandowski, 25, Mississauga.
Sharon Floyd, Executive Director of Interim Place, says, "Women in our community face daily sexual, physical and emotional violence. Violence against women is a serious, pervasive problem that crosses every social boundary and continues to have significant adverse impacts on the lives of women and children and their families. It is hard to comprehend that in the first 6 months of 2018 on average, one in every 2 days a woman in Canada was killed in an act of gender-based violence against women."
"In the past year alone, Interim Place has supported over 1,000 women and their children through our shelters and outreach programs. We appreciate the support of walkers and donors like Erinwood Ford, who for the third year in a row, is sponsoring Interim Place's Steps to End Violence Against Women Walk. It is important that we all continue to work together to take the steps forward to end violence against women in our community."
The walk starts at 9:30a.m. at J.C. Saddington Park and concludes at the Bruekner Rhododendron Gardens, the original site of interim Place. Participants in this family-friendly event will honor the 41,000 women and their children who have accessed Interim Place supports and services in the past 36 years. Participants will also honor the 36 women who have lost their lives in the community in the past 10 years as well as the 1,243 Missing and Murdered Indigenous women across Canada.
All participants will receive swag, lunch and have a chance to honour the lives of women in our community and remember the women we have lost with local entertainment, community tables and activities for the whole family.
To register your team or to make a donation, please visit https://interimplace.akaraisin.com/Steps2018