Creating Connections, a project to support local women and children in need. Launched by National Council of Jewish Women of Canada (NCJWC) with sections in Western Canada (Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver) who initiated unique projects to support their local communities. With financial assistance from International Council of Jewish Women, NCJWC and the Kipnes Foundation, this project debuts in all three cities in June.
Vancouver Section is proud to announce their project “Birthday in a Bag.”
Vancouver Section’s Birthday in a Bag is being launched in partnership with Atira Women's Resource Society, a local non-profit that is committed to ending violence against women. Atira provides safe and supported housing to women and children in all of their shelters.
Over 30 children living in Sorella House will receive a Birthday in a Bag to celebrate their birthdays.
The Birthday Bags will contain a Real Canadian Superstore gift certificate, decorations, treats and a stamped birthday postcard to allow for memories to be shared. NCJWC is looking forward to receiving these postcards with a personal note highlighting celebration details.
Winnipeg Section’s projects contribute to the wellbeing of the residents of two shelters.
Winnipeg Section will support Willow Place, the only emergency domestic violence centre in Winnipeg; and Alpha House, a transitional housing centre which helps victims of domestic violence rebuild their lives.
The funding provided to Willow Place will allow for the continuation of their trauma-based yoga program, which provides yoga classes three times a week to help the residents combat stress and acquire some techniques to reclaim control over their bodies.
Financial support towards the replacement purchase of a commercial size washer/dryer will be greatly appreciated by the 7 families that receive both housing and counselling at Alpha House.
Edmonton Section makes “Outdoor fun at Jessie’s House” a reality.
Edmonton Section’s funds will provide an outdoor play area including a playhouse and sensory toys at an emergency shelter in Morinville, Alberta provided by the Jessica Martel Memorial Foundation, also known as Jessie’s House.
The clients, staff and Board are very appreciative of this donation for this 35-bed emergency shelter supporting individuals and families who are fleeing abuse. They stated that “this support provides the most vulnerable members of our community with the safety, hope and healing Jessica was never able to find.
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada is looking forward to creating MORE connections as we work to expand this initiative across the country to our other two Sections, Toronto and Simcoe County.
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada (NCJWC)
Debbie Wasserman, President
Cate Stoller, President
Sharon Graham, President