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HAMILTON, Ont. – October 11, 2019 – November is women’s abuse awareness month, and Hamiltonians and visitors can show their support by purchasing a coffee and a sweet treat from participating local businesses. From October 15-November 30, a portion of proceeds from the sale of specialty products will go towards helping Interval House of Hamilton; a local shelter that provides accommodation and support services to women who have experienced abuse or violence.

Coffee lovers can get their caffeine fix at Durand coffee, purchasing either a signature Interval House of Hamilton gourmet cup of Musasa women’s pour over coffee from Rwanda, or a bag of beans from Stereo Coffee Roasters. Those looking for a great coffee pairing can head over to either Grandad’s Donuts or Doughboy Bakery & Café. Both shops have created their own signature Interval House of Hamilton purple donut with a portion of every sale going towards Interval House of Hamilton. Papa Leo’s restaurant is also supporting the cause by donating $5 from the sale of every signature Interval House of Hamilton purple blueberry pancake with ube glaze. 

“We are so thankful for the support of our local businesses,” says Nancy Smith, executive director at Interval House. “This year alone, we have to raise $630,000 just to offset our operating costs. We really rely on the community to help us keep our doors open.” 

Those who purchase a purple treat or coffee from participating businesses are encouraged to share their support on social media using the hashtag #IHOHSweetTreats. 

For over 30 years IHOH has been supporting women with or without children in our community, who experience abuse, violence, human trafficking, or trauma. Through their programs, initiatives and sponsorships, women have access to an emergency shelter, counselling programs, parenting support, childcare, assistance with legal system navigation, housing, and employment.