This past Monday I had the pleasure of getting the grand tour through the Interval House in Toronto. The first thing I noticed was the tight security they have surrounding inside and outside the unit. From the first 5 seconds of being there, you can tell that their number one priority is to keep these women and children safe.
They have a wheelchair accessible room for pregnant and disabled women which I think is extremely beneficial to take in consideration and they also have different tile patterns on the floor for the blind. The house has so many amazing levels to it! It’s filled with artwork from the children, there are a couple rooms for the kids to play in, they offer counseling for all women and children, as well as transition programs to help the women find jobs and places to live. What blew my mind was entering a room, filled with business professional clothes for women who are starting a new job and the house also helps prepare them for an interview. Top to bottom this place was amazing and it makes me so happy to see an organization doing so much to help victims of abuse.
Prior to, I went to the store and filled up a giant cart filled with toiletries. Most families that end up in the house are fleeing from a terrible and devastating situation and they don’t come with much, which is why I picked up tons of new toothbrushes, female products, shampoo etc.
I honestly couldn’t imagine running away from my condo and never looking back, while leaving all my belongings behind.