WIN is expanding its programs to increase their capacity to support women.

Attention: News, Features, Assignment Editors:
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Victoria Women In Need (WIN) is transforming the lives of women through a new approach to their programs
Victoria, BC. – April 15, 2013 –
 
WIN is expanding its programs to increase their capacity to support women.
 
For over 20 years, WIN has supported over 1000 women each year to move out of crisis. Thanks to their new Transformations Program and expanded Self Sufficiency Program, WIN is now able to support women to move beyond crisis and to reach their goals of self-sufficiency and wellness. This year, WIN intends to help 100 women along this journey thanks to the community support of their 100 Women Campaign.
 
Launching on April 15th, the Transformations Program is an eight (8) day educational program that WIN has developed in collaboration with The Haven. In a supportive group environment led by trained facilitators, women will have the opportunity to learn effective communication skills, personal boundaries and new approaches to relationships and wellness in their lives. Sixteen (16) women will participate in the first Transformations Program, and WIN hopes to run a second program in the fall.
 
Supporting women to become self-sufficient is an important part of WIN’s programs. The expanded Self Sufficiency Program offers one on one support, practical training and financial assistance to women to assist her in achieving her self-sufficiency goals. Through collaborative partnerships with other local organizations, the training will focus on supporting women to build capacity in their career or business development. Since the program’s expansion in November 2012, 34 women have joined the program.
 
“We have created the Transformations and Self Sufficiency programs to meet the needs of women in Victoria. Being able to work with women in this enduring and transformative way is truly rewarding, and something we have been working towards for many years. I am really grateful to the community for supporting WIN and our programs” as stated by Clare Yazganoglu, Executive Director, WIN.
WIN’s annual Fashion with Passion event has been an important fundraiser for WIN’s programs. Now in its 5th year, the event will benefit the 100 Women Campaign, creating the funding for 100 women to participate in the Self Sufficiency and Transformations Programs. To support WIN – buy tickets to our upcoming Fashion with Passion event on May 11th (www.winfashionwithpassion.com) or make a donation to the 100 Women Campaign (www.100women.ca)
 
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For more information, please contact:
Clare Yazganoglu, Executive Director, Victoria Women In Need Foundation
785 Pandora Avenue, Victoria, BC V8W 1N9
Cell: 250-889-8781, Tel: 250.480.4006 Ext 201, email: clare@womeninneed.ca
Opportunities for Photos:
April 21st 10am – 100 Women Photo / Video, ma-luxe studios; 1402 Broad Street
April 23rd 10am – Community launch of 100 Women Campaign, 785 Pandora Avenue
May 11th 6pm – WIN Fashion with Passion Event, BMW, 95 Esquimalt Road
 
Background:
About Victoria Women In Need:
WIN has operated quietly and efficiently for the past 20 years, serving over 18,000 women in Victoria. Moving women from crisis to self sufficiency and wellness has been the mission of WIN.
WIN is a collaboration between two interconnected entities – the Victoria Women In Need Community Cooperative, a non profit community service cooperative, and the Victoria Women In Need Foundation, a non profit society. Together these two entities provide all of WIN’s programs.
 
WIN does not use government funding and is self sustaining through the proceeds of the three WIN Resale Shops. This, together with financial donations from the community, funds the many programs and services that WIN offers to women in Victoria. This includes the Crisis and Referral Program, the Gift Certificate Program, the New Start Program and the Community Gifts in Kind Program, as well as the Transformations and Self Sufficiency Programs. Website: www.womeninneed.ca
 
100 Women Campaign:
The 100 Women Campaign will provide the funding for 100 women to participate in the Transformations and Self Sufficiency Programs. The fundraising drive, aptly called The 100 Women Campaign, will kick off in all 3 WIN Resale Shops on April 23rd and will run until December, 2013. WIN’s goal is to raise $100,000 in 2013. Website: http://www.100women.ca
“We are very excited to engage Victoria in the transformation of women in our community. We are working with businesses to get involved with fundraising initiatives, mobilizing their employees to get involved and make an impact through their giving”, says Deb Alcadinho, Community Engagement Manager.
 
Contact for the 100 Women Campaign: Debbie Alcadinho, Community Engagement Manager
deb@womeninneed.ca or cell 250.818.7363
Ways to Support the 100 Women Campaign:
Attend the Fashion with Passion Event being held on May 11th at BMW Victoria. To buy a ticket visit our event website at http://www.winfashionwithpassion.com
To make a donation to the campaign please visit http://www.100women.ca or in person at any WIN Resale Shop on Pandora Street, Cook Street or Westside Village

The Core of What We Do

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.

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Our Programs

 
Jennifer’s Story
When Jennifer made the courageous decision to
 
leave the violence behind she needed to act quickly.
 
She and her young son Michael left with just the
 
clothes they were wearing and the few personal
 
effects that happened to be in the car.
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She was amazed to find how supportive the
 
community was at every stage of the journey
 
that followed.
 
They found a safe haven at a local transition house.
 
Her counselor there gave her a gift certificate for
 
the WIN store so she could shop for some clothing
 
and pajamas for her and Michael during their stay
 
at the shelter. She was even able to get him some
 
toys, as all of his had been left behind at the home
 
they would not be returning to. After a period of respite Jennifer found housing, and while she was excited about starting fresh the

new place was bare and felt empty.

They didn’t have any furniture, linens, or even dishes.

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Jennifer was referred to the WIN
 
New Start program, and soon a wonderful thing
 
happened: the WIN truck showed up carrying
 
all the furniture, beds, linens, kitchenware and
 
other household basics that she and Michael
 
needed.
 
Jennifer felt a profound sense of inclusion,
 
support and hope as she unpacked the boxes,
 
arranged the furniture and made their new house
 
into a home.
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Although the worst was behind her, Jennifer was
 
facing major challenges as a newly single parent.
 
When we checked in with her three months after
 
her move, her food budget was stretched thin
 
even though she was working two jobs.
 
The stress of making ends meet on her own
 
was weighing on her and she wasn’t able to
 
spend as much time with Michael as they both
 
needed and deserved. She had previously completed
 
schooling in the health care field, but before
 
she could attain a position with better pay and
 
health benefits she need to complete one last
 
course.
 
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Jennifer came and met with someone at WIN,
 
and together they established some goals that she
 
would like to work on over the next year.
 
They worked together to find resources in the
 
community, as well as identify what WIN programs
 
would support her goals
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Jennifer applied to the
 
 
and was able to participate in two of the workshops
 
run by WIN: Financial Skills and Food Skills for
 
Families.
 
Jennifer was encouraged to apply for the
 
 
She applied, and was soon awarded funds to
 
cover the tuition fees for the last course she
 
needed that was key to her capacity to move
 
forward in her new life as a self-sufficient
 
woman.
 
Today, Jennifer has applied for a better paying
 
job in the health care field, and has found a better
 
balance for herself and her son.
 
She talks about feeling supported by her
 
community and proud if her ability to accomplish
 
her goals.
 
Jennifer is a character who represents the
 
approximately one thousand women who the
 
Victoria Women In Need Community Cooperative
 
supports every year, thanks to the generosity
 
of the community.
 
 

Transforming our Community One Woman

at a Time

How do we do this? We collect donated goods

and provide affordable high quality clothing,

household items and furniture through three

Resale Shops in Victoria.

The revenue from our shops, together with

financial donations, covers the entire cost

of running our non profit cooperative, and

funding our empowerment programs for women.

So whether you are a shopper or a donor, you

too have a hand in transforming our community.

How You Make A Difference

We believe in the power of each one of us.

Everyone can participate in making a difference

in a woman’s life.

You can become actively involved by:

http://www.womeninneed.ca/volunteer

Shopping at one of our Resale Shops Donating gently used items Providing a cash donation Volunteering Becoming more informed by signing up for our newsletter

Donating to WIN

WIN accepts donations of a variety of gently-used items such as clothing

(for women, men, and children), accessories, jewelry, books, linens, toys, furniture,

and household items.

More Info…

Part of the Solution!

WIN is committed to re-using, reducing and recycling in everything that we do. Read More…

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