Executive Director’s Report 2016-2017
Another year has come and gone and what a year it was, during this time we have had the honor of helping 100 women and 151 children who have fled a life of violence. We are always in awe of the families that come through our doors, they are incredibly inspirational and their journeys continue to shape our understanding of domestic violence. Through the courage of their sharing we are able to broaden our resources to assist the women that access them in the future. As we lend an empathetic ear we are reminded that there is still a need for Interval House and the programs we offer. While we listen to the women and children reflect on their pain, we wish that our services were not needed. No woman or child should have to endure violence of any kind and we will continue to make it our mission to lift the veil of secrecy and stand united against all forms of abuse.
We cannot thank the people of Saskatoon and surrounding area enough for being united with Interval House in its mission to provide a safe environment where the women and their children can reflect, heal and set a new course to flourish. The Community’s generosity is exceptional, many of our families come to us with very little personal belongings and with the communities help we are able to provide our clients with clothing, toys, household items, school supplies, diapers, and much, much more. None of this however, would be possible without the assistance of our two major Funders, The Ministry of Justice and the United Way who continue to amaze us with their unwavering support! With this support we strive to grow and evolve to better help the women and children who access our services.
The wonderful staff at Interval House play a major role in the clients growth. I am so proud and humbled to be working with such an amazing group of people. It takes an exceptional person to do the work you do and I want to thank each and every one of you for your dedication to Interval House and the families we serve. To the Women’s Program Counsellors, I have seen you listen with care and concern, I have watched you guide the women on their journey to reconnect with self and community, and you do this with such empathy. To the Children’s Program Counsellors/ Support Workers, I have seen you wipe away tears and hold a little ones hand just as if they were your own. I have seen you give respite when mom so desperately needed it, you are amazing! I would also like to say a special thank you to our General Service Worker, who goes to great lengths in making sure Interval House feels like a home. To our outreach worker thank you for being a champion for the women who have moved into the second stage of their healing journey and for always being the supportive anchor that they need. To the Administrative staff, I don’t know how you do it but you do, you are our behind the scene warriors who continue to fight to keep Interval House/Adelle House organized and running smoothly. Last but not least, to our Assistant Director, I continue to learn from you and your gentle way. You are a force in the community, educating the public about domestic violence and the resources available. Your ideas are always so well thought out and your desire to take Interval House to new levels is admirable. To everyone who works and volunteers at Interval /Adelle House you are truly appreciated.
Our Board of Directors are an outstanding group of Individuals as well. They are truly committed to our organization. It is not always easy to find the time that is required to sit on a volunteer Board, but find the time they do. I am so thankful to have the support and encouragement of the Board. Thank you all for your HUGE hearts!
I would like to say a special thank you to the following organizations that have donated so generously to Saskatoon Interval House over this past fiscal year; Royal Lepage, The Silver Spoon Dinner Committee, Prairieland Park, University of Saskatchewan, Flaman Fitness, United Way, Saskatoon Community Foundation, The National Research Council, Loraas Disposal and Saskatoon Employees Union. Without your support Saskatoon Interval House would not have been able to assist all those in need.
From the bottom of my heart I thank you all. To those of you who have come through our doors, and those of you that will; you deserve to live a life free of violence, you are strong, you are valued and you are worth it!