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1983 - A group of feminist women and men come together at the Central Presbyterian Church with the goal to open the first Hamilton shelter that exclusively serves abused women and their children

1986 - Opens its doors (King St. East) as a 20 bed advocacy-based shelter for abused women and children

1990 - The first Legal Advocate Support program in Ontario

1996 - The Provincial Government announces $2.59 million in capital funding to build a new shelter. Hamilton Health Sciences donates land at the Chedoke site on the West Mountain.

June 16, 1998 - Interval House of Hamilton holds a groundbreaking ceremony for the new shelter

April 15, 1999 - The new shelter opens as the first and only Mountain shelter



November 3, 2006 - Celebrated 20th anniversary at Sheraton Banquet Keynote Speaker: Denise Brown, sister of the late Nicole Brown Simpson

November 2006 - New funding is obtained for a clinical counselling program

Pilot Project with Hamilton Children's Aid and Catholic Children's Aid Society established to provide clinical consulting when violence against women and child welfare intersect to provide services to women with children

June 2007-2009 - Executive Director, Chair of the Provincial Domestic Advisory Council of Ontario Released: Transforming our Communities Recommendations 

April 1, 2009 - Women Centre of Hamilton amalgamated with Interval House of Hamilton and opens at new location 100 Main St. E., Suite 205

2009 - Flamborough Women's Resource Centre opens in Waterdown 

March-April 2009 - Osidacz Inquest (Jared) Recommendations Released



May 5, 2010 - Opening of Jared's Place 

April 2009-2012 - Ontario Shelter Research Project 

November 4th, 2012 - Celebrated 25th anniversary at Carmen's Banquet Centre, Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mohit Bhandari

2013 - Funding received through Ontario Trillium Foundation to establish MentorActtion.  A group of male leaders in our community to "stand up and speak out" on the issues of gender-based violence and violence against women

2015 - Nancy Smith, Executive Director, IHOH, presented at the 3rd World Shelter conference in the Netherlands on Engaging Men in Ending Gender-Based Violence. She also provides anti-violence policy training on a yearly basis for the CFL.



2016 - Purchased the rights of Be More Than A Bystander program and brought this work to Hamilton.  Our first partnership was with The Hamilton Bulldogs

2016 - Interval House of Hamilton 30th Anniversary Gala held in recognition of 30 years

2017 - Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Not-for-Profit Outstanding Business Achievement Award

2017 - Nancy Smith, Executive Director, IHOH, received the YWCA's Woman of Distinction Award for Community Leadership

2017 - McMaster Athletic joined in partnership with Be More Than A Bystander program followed by The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announcing their partnership as well as the Hamilton TiCat Cheerleaders

2018 - Flamborough Chamber of Commerce Not-for-Profit Outstanding Business Achievement Award

2018 - Nancy Smith, Executive Director, IHOH, was honoured by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as a Hamilton Hero for her work in the community on ending gender-based violence and engaging male leaders through the establishment of the Interval House of Hamilton MentorAction Be More Than A Bystander program.

2019 - Nancy Smith, Executive Director, IHOH, was the representative for OAITH (Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses) at the Grey Cup in Calgary. During Grey Cup Week Nancy was a keynote speaker on gender-based violence.

2020 - Interval House of Hamilton was honoured with the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce 2019 Outstanding Business Achievement Awards for Accessibility, for creating an accessible work environment. The OBAAs honour businesses for their contributions to the Hamilton community, and this award is a true testament to the dedication of the staff at Interval House of Hamilton who go above and beyond to help women and children who reach out for their services. It is also a reflection of Interval House of Hamilton’s values and continuous efforts to challenge barriers that women and children, as well as the staff, may potentially face.

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