Westshore Women’s Business Network is currently supporting The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation. The mandate is to HELPING WOMEN AND CHILDREN ESCAPE VIOLENCE AND REBUILD THEIR LIVES

“Because we are committed to strengthening the communities where we live and work, Royal LePage is the only Canadian real estate company with its own charitable foundation. The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation is Canada’s largest public foundation dedicated exclusively to funding women’s shelters and violence prevention programs.

Every dollar raised goes directly to helping the more than 50,000 women and children who are served each year by the shelters and support programs we fund. Since 1998, the Shelter Foundation has raised more than $27 million and currently supports 200 local women’s shelters and national partners. Our agents donate a portion of their commissions and Royal LePage offices across Canada hold local fundraising events. Our brokers, agents and staff also volunteer and provide in-kind goods to benefit the women and children residing in their local shelters.” Learn more

In Victoria, all proceeds go to:

  • Cridge Centre for the Family, transition house
  • Sooke Women’s’Transition House
  • Margaret Laurence House
  • Victoria Women’s Transition Society

Here are some other great organization supporting women in our region: 

Wear2Start – One of the greatest barriers to employment for economically disadvantaged women is appearance. Wear 2 Start was established to provide a practical solution by assisting unemployed, low-income women with the appropriate job interview attire.  We assist women by selecting suitable job interview items such as clothing, shoes, accessories. Each woman receives individual, personal attention to her needs. We also co-ordinate other necessary services such as haircuts, make up consultations, dry cleaning, alterations. Clients are referred to Wear 2 Start from educational, job training, re-training and job preparation programs. All services are at no cost to the client.  http://www.wear2start.com/

Victoria Women in Need (WIN) – At Victoria Women In Need Community Cooperative (WIN), we support women along their journey between crisis, financial self sufficiency and wellness. Our programs are there for women along each step of her journey.  We are there when she is in crisis and needs to access essential goods, we are there when she is setting up her own home after leaving a transition house, we are there when she is building a strong community of support. And finally, when she is ready, we are there to provide training, education and financial support to help her achieve her goals of financial self sufficiency and wellness.  www.womeninneed.ca

Victoria Women’s Sexual Assault Centre – In 1982, a group of women recognized a need for ongoing support for survivors of sexualized violence and increased public awareness of the issue. In 1983, they incorporated as “The Victoria Women’s Sexual Assault Centre Society”. Today, WSAC has a volunteer board and staff that serves over 2,500 survivors of sexualized violence each year.  http://www.vwsac.com/

Victoria Women’s Transition House – The Society provides emergency shelter services and counselling to over 2000+ women each year and 150+ children accompany their mothers to the Shelter where they receive counselling and support and support as well. In addition to our shelter services, Transition House provides community counselling, individual and group, for abused women and their children.  http://www.transitionhouse.net/

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