Our friends at Garston Motors have shown their support for abused women and children again, with a wonderful donation of $5,000, received today. Thank you, Heesh Lebada, Finance and Leasing Specialist, and your team, for your generosity and leadership. We appreciate you!
Thanks to the David Johnston Research + Technology Park (@RTParkUW) Annual Golf Tournament for your generous gift of $10,000 towards helping women and their children move beyond violence in Waterloo Region. Much appreciated!
The Rotary Club of Cambridge North has donated $30,000 towards the “She Deserves It” campaign to re-build Haven House in Cambridge. The club designated their gift towards the campaign’s Build a Bedroom initiative. The bedroom they built includes a private bathroom, window for natural light and fresh air, and a desk with drawers.
“We are very grateful for their generosity and moreover their commitment to assist us in helping women and their children move beyond violence,” says Mary Zilney, Chief Executive Officer of Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region. “Sean Carragher and his team from Cambridge North Rotary have shown amazing leadership in rallying together on behalf of abused women and their children in our community.”
When a woman and her children arrive at the shelter, it is a scary, confusing, frustrating and exhausting time for them, says Alan Sharpe, the new Fund Development Manager at Women’s Crisis Services. “This donation from the members of the The Rotary Club of Cambridge North gives women their own private bedroom, a room designed for comfort and sensitivity during this process of healing,” says Sharpe. “By building a room, these Rotarians are rebuilding lives.”
Guest post by Kaitlyn
Hard working, determined, and creative are just a few words I would use to describe my friends and I. Myself, Ryan, Jalen, Ian, and Kayla spent weeks in advance trying to make June 11 absolutely perfect and we succeeded. It was a charity BBQ for the Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region, a foundation very close to our hearts. This all started in our Future Forums class, and for our summative project we had to go out and Do Something that is going to help / benefit our community. There wasn’t a moment of hesitation until we joined as a group and stated that we were going to help local women escape violence.
We created posters, advertised around the school and social media, even got hotdog bun donations! The day finally came, I don’t think any of us got sleep the night before because we were all so excited! We set up tables, had our WCSWR display, and started cooking hotdogs! We were out front of Zehrs from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM, and ended the day with $525.55!
Originally the goal was to get $200, needless to say we were pretty ecstatic with the results. I believe that changing the world starts with the youth, and even a donation to a local foundation such as the Women’s Crisis Services changes someone’s life for the better. I would like to give a massive thank you to everybody who came out and supported us, we couldn’t have done it without you!
Hosted by Optimist Club of Petersburg
Sunday July 2, 2017
Serving from 8:30a.m. to 12:00 noon.
Location: Petersburg Park, 1338 Notre Dame Dr, Petersburg. (5 minutes west of Kitchener)
Proceeds from this breakfast to Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region.
Children 5 to 11 yrs, $5.
Children 4 and under, free.
We are proud to thank OpenText who dedicated their spring campaign to help Rebuild Haven House, the shelter supporting abused women and their children located in Cambridge. This type of employee driven campaign in a tech company is ground breaking for WCSWR who hopes that it inspires other companies to reach out and do the same for our community.
OpenText announced a donation of $44,000 in the safety and the future of women in our region.
Over a six week period, OpenText employees participated in onsite fundraisers, reached out to friends and family, and advocated on behalf of WCSWR. The employee fundraising total reached over $20,000 and OpenText rewarded their efforts by matching that with a $20,000 donation. As donations continue to come in, OpenText announced a total of $44,000 on Wednesday at a wrap up celebration and walk around the David Johnston Research and Technology Park in Waterloo. Other tenants and representatives of the Park were on hand to share in the celebration and were encouraged by OpenText’s support for the community.
It was also announced that the charitable proceeds from the R&T Park golf tournament will be directed to Haven House this summer, a potential $10,000 donation.
“We are proud to partner with OpenText and with the David Johnston R & T Park at UW to ensure that each woman in Cambridge who needs help, will have what she deserves….a Rebuilt Haven House,” says CEO of Women’s Crisis Services, Mary Zilney. “Every abused woman and child in our Region deserves a facility that supports them to move forward and break the intergenerational cycle of abuse so that the next generation does not need to seek our help. We rely on our community to help us move beyond violence.”
Mary Zilney, CEO of Women’s Crisis Services is grateful for this additional generosity.
“Due to our shortfall in fundraising for the rebuild Haven House project, we have a mortgage which is a hardship for our agency. We continue to seek community support and are so fortunate to have forged this relationship with OpenText. Mark Barrenchea really lead the charge with is direction and the leadership and staff of OpenText passionately participated to reach their goals. Our sincere thanks is extended to everyone who worked so diligently to make this happen.”
Our radio ad is up!When you purchase your vehicle at Garston Motors you get a great deal plus you will be helping your local charity Morningstar Family Ministries of Canada Inc. and Women's Crisis Services of Waterloo Region.Share and spread the word!
Posted by Garston Motors on Monday, May 8, 2017
Our friends at Garston Motors are at it again! Their charitable drive is just as competitive as their business!
Each year Garston Motors raises the bar and finds ways to raise funds and awareness for charities that serve their customers, employees and beyond.
When you purchase your vehicle at Garston Motors you get a great deal plus you will be helping HAVEN HOUSE!
So if you are in the market for a new ride, visit Garston Motors at 408 Witmer Street in Cambridge and know that you are giving back to Haven House.
To Celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, Gore Mutual is giving $1 million to help better communities across Canada in 150 ways.
But it’s not just money, they are also encouraging staff to reach out, be creative and volunteer their time. Learn more about this exciting initiative here: https://www.goremutual.ca/150ways
Gore Mutual has supported Women’s Crisis Services in many ways over the years. Most recently with a lead gift to Rebuild Haven House. This investment lead the way to rebuilding our Cambridge shelter to provide a safe, secure and nurturing space for abused women and children to heal.
To celebrate the “150 Ways” initiative, a group of GORE Mutual employees reached out to Haven House to learn about how they can make an impact.
We welcomed them into the shelter to present their donation and learn more about our work and how our community can support us as we “Move Beyond Violence”.
Their donation of journals and pens to the women of Haven House are not only MUCH NEEDED and are on our current WISH LIST, but are a gift that can promote healing, learning, and independence.
Journals are used to write down details of women’s experiences. Sometimes the memories are blocked and resurface at different times. The journal is a place to write them down.
We also use journals in our counselling environments and in our Music Therapy program to write lyrics and expressions.
The journal also helps women stay organized with appointments and meetings that they have to plan for safety and for a life free of violence outside the shelter. We serve hundreds of women and children, and each of them could use this gift of support.
Thank you to GORE MUTUAL, for being so thoughtful, for listening to our needs, and for impacting the women and children at Haven House TODAY to create a better Canada for the next 150 years.
Shoppers Drug Marts in Cambridge come together for a SECOND YEAR in support of Haven House and the safety of women and children of Waterloo Region
Waterloo Region, ON- Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region is very proud to thank the following locations of Shoppers Drug Mart in CAMBRIDGE for their support of the campaign to Rebuild Haven House, the shelter supporting abused women and their children in Cambridge and North Dumfries.
Shoppers Drug Mart 499 Hespeler Road
Shoppers Drug Mart 115 Dundas St North
Shoppers Drug Mart 137 Water -St North
Shoppers Drug Mart 101 Holiday Inn Drive
Shoppers Drug Mart 1500 King St East
Shoppers Drug Mart Ceder St Westgate Plaza
Shoppers Drug Mart 950 Franklin Blvd
Together they donated $21, 643 to Rebuild Haven House.
This brings their TWO YEAR total to $41, 286
Their longstanding relationship of support reaches back over a decade and their dedication to women and children is outstanding.
The fundraising campaigns are employee driven and include activities like asking customers for a donation at the cash register, bbq’s and auctions. This hard work was done during their fall campaign and was supported through the energy and dedication of Shoppers Drug Mart staff and owners. To honour their investment, Shoppers Drug Mart, Cambridge is listed on our public donor wall in the main lobby of the rebuilt Haven House.