Shimmy & Sweat to Benefit The Cridge Transition House for Women

Sacred Centre Dance studio is offering a series of a Shimmy & Sweat classes by donation each Wednesday between April 10 and May 8 from 7:30 – 8:30pm dance/fitness class. All funds collected will be donated to the Cridge Transition House for Women. 

Sacred Centre Dance studio is at #103 – 1011 Fort Street.

Look Good : Do Good Cut-a-thon Re-designed

The third annual look good : do good cut-a-thon sponsored by headstart hair design has been transformed. Instead of a one-day event, this year salon owners Chris & Garry Preston and manager Megan have created a month-long celebration of The Cridge Respitality Service.

In the past two years, the cut-a-thon has raised more than $3,500 to supoort families raising children with special needs. The month-long fundraiser promises to be even more successful. 

Please drop by headstart salon throughout the month of May to get a great hairstyle, restock your products cupboard, and support The Cridge Respitality Service. 

Dance for the Royal Lepage Shelter Foundation

The Royal Lepage Shelter Foundation is a major donor each year to The Cridge Transition House for Women, with money raised locally by the Royal LePage Coast Capital team. They're hosting a new, fun fundraiser this year – an afternoon of dance lessons – on Sunday, April 28 fro 3-5 pm. 

Cost is a suggested donation of $10 or more, and to register email shayla.attfield AT royallepage DOT ca

Bringing the Victim into the Room

A Survivor’s Voice on Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence

The Cridge Centre for the Family is proud to present two free community training opportunities to stem the tide of domestic violence in our region. Speaker Kamal Dhillon, author of Black and Blue Sari and recipient of the 2012 Courage to Come Back Award, will share her very powerful personal story of surviving abuse, and work with attendees to ensure they have the tools and knowledge to support victims of relationship violence.

Kamal’s powerful personal style and workshop format ensure that all attendees are engaged in bringing the dark issue of domestic violence into the light.

Kamal will be presenting at two events in Victoria: the first will focus on the needs of Professionals and Policy Makers, including social service staff, social workers, counsellors, police, emergency responders and politicians. During the second event, Kamal will speak to leaders from across the faith community; victims of violence frequently speak first to their faith leaders, and this session will ensure those leaders feel equipped to respond when the need arises.

Cory Heavener, Director of the Provincial Office of Domestic Violence will open both events with brief remarks. Both events will take place at the Marriott Inner Harbour – Victoria, our generous hosts. Attendees will receive a meal, invaluable training, and community resource information packages.

For more details on Kamal Dhillon and her amazing message of empowerment, hope, and freedom through forgiveness, visit blackandbluesari.com.

If you would like to register for either event, select the appropriate link below.

For more information, or if you would like to be a named sponsor for this event, Shannon Whissell via email or phone (250) 995-6419.

Professionals and Policy-Makers
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Noon – 4:30 pm
Marriott Inner Harbour – Pacific Ballroom
728 Humboldt Street, Victoria
Includes Lunch

Sold Out – Join Waitlist

 

Faith Leaders
Thursday, April 18, 2013
8:00 am – 12:30 pm
Marriott Inner Harbour – Pacific Ballroom
728 Humboldt Street, Victoria
Includes Breakfast

Event Sponsors: 

The Twelve Days of Cridge-Mas

It can be a challenge during the Christmas season to know just what to buy, whom to support, and where best to spend your precious time, talent and resources. Here's our helpful guide to make your holidays just that little bit easier, updated each day from December 10 – 21: 

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[toggle title=”Day 1: Fill a Hamper”] All clients who receive hampers have now been spoken for. Thank you for your generous response.

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[toggle title=”Day 2: Stuff a Stocking”]On Friday, December 14 drop by The Cridge Village Senior's Centre Grande Lounge between 7:30 and 10:00 am for warm drinks, tasty treats, lively music, and to Stuff the Stocking for The Cridge Respitality Service. As well as a lovely morning break, you'll be providing much needed support for families raising children with special needs.[/toggle]

[toggle title=”Day 3: Transfer a Security”]Nothing says “I Care” like the gift of a stock transfer. While they may not top the list for your family members, a gift to the organization of stocks or other securities will mean we are able to help even more people in 2013. Find out more, including a transfer form for you and your broker to complete, on our Giving page.

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[toggle title=”Day 4: Send a Man, or 10, to the Movies”]For some men who call our brain injury residence home, social activities are a part of their recovery process. For others, a night at the movies is just a great change in routine, and an opportunity to have a little fun and forget about recovery for a while. Either way, a gift of 10 passes or gift cards for the nearby Cineplex will provide a great night out for the residents that will continue to bless them after the final credits roll. [/toggle]

[toggle title=”Day 5: Give of Yourself”]There is nothing like the joy of making another person smile, and that is what our volunteers do every time they give of themselves to spend time with our clients. Call B-I-N-G-O at the The Cridge Village Senior’s Centre, help in the childcare centre, or tidy the gardens at MacDonald House. When you give of yourself, you give the very best! Find out more on out Volunteer page.[/toggle]

[toggle title=”Day 6: Save a Seat”]Do you or a local organization you know have six folding chairs in good repair you’d like to give a new home? Our brain injury support groups at Mary Cridge Manor could put them to good use! Contact mcm@cridge.org to arrange to donate the chairs.[/toggle]

[toggle title=”Day 7: Furnish a Happy Morning”]When woman and children arrive at The Cridge Transition House for Women, they’ve often left behind some of the basics of life. Your gift of alarm clocks, umbrellas, slippers, or pyjamas will ensure a safe night’s sleep and happy good morning. [/toggle] [toggle title=”Day 8: Stock a Cupboard”]Both The Cridge Young Parent Outreach Program and The Cridge Dovetail Services maintain emergency food cupboards for clients to access on their leanest days. Non-perishable food items, diapers and toiletries are always in high need, as are bus tickets and grocery gift cards. [/toggle] [toggle title=”Day 9: Deliver Safety”]A financial donation to The Cridge Transition House for Women’s “Keys in Hand Fund” will cover the costs of moving, storage, and utilities for a woman starting out in her new, violence-free, home. Just designate ‘Keys in Hand’ in the memo of your cheque or in the Message box via online donation on our Canada Helps page.[/toggle] [toggle title=”Day 10: Re-Gift that old Cell”]Giving new phones to your teens this Christmas? Bring your old phone in for recycling and the money we make goes toward new phones for women or towards getting their phone number changed.[/toggle] [toggle title=”Day 11: Leave a Legacy”]The Cridge Centre for the Family may not exist today if not for the forward thinking and planning of key saints along the way who bequeathed gifts in their wills. Your thoughtful addition of The Cridge Centre in your estate planning will mean a brighter future for the organization and the people we serve. Contact Shannon Whissell, Manager of Communication & Fund Development, to learn more.  [/toggle] [toggle title=”Day 12: Say a Little Prayer”]This gift is last, not because it is the least important, but because we want it to stick with you. Please pray for us. Pray for our leadership – the board of directors and our Chief Executive Officer Shelley Morris – that they will have discernment, courage and wisdom in guiding the organization. Pray for our management and staff who go so far and beyond their job descriptions to make a difference in the lives of clients’ they interact with. Pray for the safety and preservation of our physical resources, that they will last to serve so many more people. And, as always, please pray for our clients, for their safety, and that their time with us will be time that edifies, strengthens, and encourages them.

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And, just to get you in the mood, here's a very fun 12 Days of Christmas that's sure to leave you with a smile: 

Violence Against Women is Everyone’s Issue

This autumn will see a number of initiatives at The Cridge Centre to highlight the conversation around and educate people about violence against women.

  1. Orange Day – October 25, and the 25th of each month following, The Cridge Centre for the Family will participate in Orange Day, an initiative of the United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki Moon to end violence against women world wide. Orange t-shirts, orange candies, orange information posters and orange ribbons will ensure that the message – it is up to all of us to end violence – is loud and clear. To learn more about Orange Day initiatives, visit the UNiTE website. If you’d like to know more about our Orange Day activites, please contact Candace Stretch for more information.UPDATE: Enjoy these pictures from Orange Days at The Cridge Centre
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  2. White Ribbon  – The Cridge Centre will be coordinating a number of White Ribbon campaigns across the city. The campaigns will kick-off on November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and will culminate on December 6th, The National Day of Remebrance and Action on Violence Against Women. White Ribbon campaigns allow male leaders to take a pledge against violenece against women in all its forms, and encourage other men to do the same. The White Ribbon campaign reinforces that violence against women is a societal issue, not a women’s issue. To hold your own White Ribbon campaign in collaboration with The Cridge Centre, please contact Marlene Goley for more information.
  3. Dr. Jackson Katz – Renowned anti-sexist male activist Jackson Katz will be speaking Nanaimo on November 26th and 27th. Dr. Katz is an American educator, author, filmmaker and cultural theorist who is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in the fields of gender violence prevention education and critical media literacy. The three scheduled events are a special opportunity to hear Dr. Katz and learn from his innovative and successful work to end violence. The events are sponsored by The Haven Society, and include a free public evening session, a male leaders’ breakfast, and an afternoon session for those working in the social services field. To register of for more information, please visit The Haven Society website.

In the meantime, Dr. Katz has produced a list of 10 THINGS MEN CAN DO TO PREVENT GENDER VIOLENCE: Please read, talk about, and share the ideas on this poster with the men in your life.

 

The buskers are coming – AGAIN!

We are excited to once again be hosting  two international acts from the Victoria International Buskers' Festival.

Clients, society members, volunteers and community members are welcome to join us in the upper parking lot of The Cridge Village for two fun, family-friendly, and mind-twisting acts. 

Les Vitaminés
Wednesday July 25 @ 3:00 pm

Les Vitaminés are a pair of juggling acrobats who have made it their mission to dazzle people of all ages with their extraordinary abilities and burlesque-style staging. 

Mr. Spin
Friday July 27 @ 3:00 pm

Mr. Spin is a highly skilled, comic and vaudevillian-style street/circus act. He has a loveable, charismatic character that is a favourite with all audiences!

Come join the fun!

Dance, Make Merry, and Send a Family to Camp Pringle

The Cridge Dovetail Services

The Cridge Supportive Transitional Housing/Dovetail Services is excited to be have been selected for a local fundraiser that's focused on celebrating family fun. The goal of the evening is to raise enough funds to send a family (or families) who couldn't otherwise afford it to Camp Pringle this summer. 

Camp Pringle, located on beautiful Shawnigan Lake, has an incredible array of fun activities for campers, from rock climbing to water sports to the arts. Programmin includes kids camps from ages 8 to 15 as well as family and parent & child camps. 

For many families in The Cridge Supportive Transitional Housing, activities like attending family camp together are simply beyond the means of the budget. By attending this fun evening with your own family, you will contribute to a family's opportunity to play, laugh, and build great memories together. 

“Joie de vivre” family dance and fun night fundraiser!

Join us for an evening of dancing and fun activities for all ages!

Pizza, hot dogs, FUN non-alcoholic drinks and baked goods for sale!
 
Where: Strawberry Vale Community Hall, 11 high street at burnside
When: June 30th 2012, 6 – 11 pm
Tickets: $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for kids, $30.00 for families 
 
Kids 3 and under free
 
Tickets are limited! For more information call: Helene @ 250-213-6550 or  Stephanie @ 250-686-8844
 
Click here to view, download or print the event poster

*Our sincere thanks to the event organisers, and to Camp Pringle for their support of this opportunity for our client families. 

POSTPONED – Four Great Voices – One Great Night!

The planning team for this event has made the difficult decision to postpone it until further notice. If you purchased tickets, please contact Shannon Whissell at (250) 995-6419 or by email at swhissell (at) cridge (dot) org

Victoria is blessed with a bevy of talented women, and few are more talented than the foursome of Maria Manna, Miranda Sage, Maureen Washington and Melinda Whitaker. These great ladies of jazz are all accomplished songstresses and recording artists in their own right and combined they create a night to remember.

The Cridge Centre for the Family is blessed to have them joining forces to raise the roof of Alix Goolden Hall– and support for The Cridge Respitality Service – on Friday, March 30, 2012. All proceeds from this high-class concert will support the families of The Cridge Respitality Service, now in its eleventh year of service to the community!

A very special guest for the evening will be Sky Mundell, the 2011 winner of Vancouver Island’s Got Talent, whose family benefitted from The Cridge Respitality Service. Sky was born with cerebral palsy, but despite being blind and hearing impaired, has become a champion jazz pianist. We’re honoured and excited that he’ll be part of the concert.

The Cridge Respitality Service makes a real difference for families. As one grateful mom recently wrote after experiencing a Respitality night,

“Checking in was like walking into a dream. Everything was beautiful, quiet and calm. For 24 hours, time stopped. We actually relaxed (and slept) for the first time in months. It was a magical interlude. Now our batteries are recharged enough to face the next set of 'adventures'.”

The divas in their gowns and gentleman musicians in their tuxes promise to make One Great Night a concert to remember, as they showcase some of the greatest ballads and standards of the last century. Jazz lovers and community supporters alike are promised a great night out!

This fun evening of music and celebration is a great value, as adult tickets are only $20 and tickets for seniors (65+) and youth (18 or younger) are just $15.

2nd annual look good : do good cut-a-thon

The second annual look good : do good cut-a-thon sponsored by headstart hair design will take place Sunday, March 4, 2012 from noon until 4 pm. 

This great event is sponsored by salon owners Chris & Garry Preston. Salon manager Megan, along with 8 other professional stylists, will provide great basic cuts for a minimum suggested donation of $15. With refreshments, door prizes, and an information table about The Cridge Respitality Service, the event is a fun, family-friendly time. 

Last year over $1,500 was raised at the event, and with more stylists this year promises to be an even bigger contribution to the families who rely on The Cridge Respitality Service. 

Details:

  • Sunday, March 4, 2012
  • Noon – 4:00 pm
  • headstart hair design – 1315 cook street
  • haircuts by donation (suggested minimum $15)

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