By Nancy Smith, Executive Director, Interval House of Hamilton, June 23, 2020
As COVID-19 continues to spread, the future has never felt so unpredictable. These are challenging times, and we hope you’re in good spirits and health! Right now, we’re doing everything possible to sustain daily operations and provide services to women, with or without children, who have experienced abuse, violence, human trafficking, or trauma. While there’s a lot of uncertainty, we have adapted fast to our changing reality. Our community needs us, and we need you.
Our work is more crucial than ever. As COVID-19 government restrictions have been put in place, we’re seeing a spike in violent cases as women have fewer resources available to them due to increased isolation and being trapped. During times of stress, abuse and violence within the home rises significantly. Thousands of women and their children now face an increased risk of violence at home because of COVID-19 isolation recommendations, and an even more difficult time escaping the perpetrator and reaching out for support.
If you’re able, please make a donation to our COVID-19 Emergency Fund. Your help goes directly towards helping our residents, preparing for the increase in violence and abuse cases, and keeping the shelter doors open through this pandemic. If you’re unable to donate at this time, there are many other ways you can support us such as providing us with personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies. You can also advocate for us by sharing our mission with a family member or friend. Even a quick mention on your social media would mean the world to us.
You can donate to the Interval House of Hamilton COVID-19 Emergency Fund at https://intervalhousehamilton.org/donations.
In times like this, we’re reminded of how interconnected we all are. Thank you for being part of our community. Without you, none of it is possible.
Stay safe and well.
Executive Director, Interval House of Hamilton
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse or violence, please call our crisis line at 905-387-8881 or 905-387-9959.