Home comes in many styles


The Cridge Transition House for Women has, for the fifth year in a row, received a grant from the Canadian Women's Foundation 'Shelter from the Storm" campaign. This annual campaign, supported by HomeSense, Winners and Rogers Media, supports more than 450 transition houses and emergency shelters in Canada. This year alone the campaign raised over $1.6 million dollars.

The Cridge Transition House for Women provides emergency shelter for women and children fleeing domestic violence. Each year, The Cridge Transition House for Women support hundreds of women and children with temporaray shelter, counselling, outreach services, and support with the myriad decisions that a woman faces when she is trying to start fresh and stay safe. 

2011-2012 Board of Directors

Our new board was elected at the October 3, 2011 annual general meeting, and the new executive instated at last night's board meeting. We are grateful for the prayerful leadership of these committed individuals: 

President – Rosemary Smyth
Vice-President – Colin Moorman
Treasurer – Mike Cridge
Secretary – Claudia Dorrington
Director – Mary-Ethel Audley
Director – Dr. Greg Cran
Director – Val Fuller
Director – Dr. Harold McNabb
Director – Del Philips
Director – David Rand
Anne Spicer, Emeritus

Homelessness Action Week 2011

Homelessness Action Week (October 10-16, 2011) takes place each year across Canada. In Victoria, events are coordinated by our partners at the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness.

Homelessness Action Week includes invites individuals and businesses to take actions in making a difference for the impoverished and homeless. Learning events also share information about the current state of poverty and homelessness in Victoria with the intention to solve  homelessness. 

Events in Victoria include

  • Project Connect – includes professional services as well the delivery of survival packs of donated toiletries and cold weather clothing essentials. Whether you donate a single toque or a case of deodorant, you will make a difference!
    • 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Friday, October 14 at  Our Place, 919 Pandora Ave.
    • If your workplace is interested in banding together to donate en mass, the coalition has created these fun posters to help you share info with everyone in your office: Poster 1 Poster 2
  • Home Safe Hamilton – a documentary about how Canadian families live with the threat and the reality of homelessness. The screening will include a time for discussion of local homelessness issues.
    • 7:00pm to 9:00pm Wednesday, October 12 at The Vic Theatre 808 Douglas St.
    • Register online or call Mary Katharine at 250-383-6166 ext 100
  • End Poverty: Action Learning Event – participate in a discussion for action on local homelessness issues, featuring guest speakers Brendan Reimer of the Canadian CED Network and Shauna McKinnon of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
    • 8:30am to 11:30am Thursday October 13 at Fairfield Gonzales Community Place, Garry Oak Room -1335 Thurlow Rd.
    • Register online or call Mary Katharine at 250-383-6166 ext 100
More details of both the Home Safe Hamilton screening and End Poverty are available on this poster. Please share it with your friends, family and co-workers.

We’d love to be ‘Most Loved’!

Our friends at CHEK TV, a locally owned and Vancouver Island focused television station, have launched a new website called CityHUB which will showcase the ‘Best of the City’ as selected by votes on the website between now and October 15th. The votes are tallied daily, and when the site launches in November it will include only the top 20 vote-getters in each category. 

We'are currently second in the “Non-Profits for a Better Victoria” category – and would love your help finishing as #1.
CityHUB will help Victorians learn about the many services of The Cridge Centre for the Family. In addition, you could earn CityBucks towards discounts at participating businesses. You earn $5 for signing up for an account, and ten cents for each vote you submit. 
Here's how you can help:
1. Vote! Daily! –  Vote instantly without logging in by clicking this link. Even better, register quickly with your email address and a password and ‘Activate autovote’ – no need to remember each day to come back!
To make the most of 'AutoVote"
  • pick your favourites in as many categories as you like *including us in Non-Profits for a Better Victoria, of course* and then
  • click "activate autovote." 

Your votes will be submitted every night just before midnight, allowing you to make changes during the day. It will vote for you every day until Oct 15th and you won't have to do a thing! You'll also be earning "City Bucks" with your votes every day – it's definitely worth your time to auto vote! With 22 categories, you could be earning $2.20 in 'CityBucks' every day. 

2. Spread the word – Let your friends and family know about CityHUB, and that they too can support The Cridge Centre and earn City Bucks for themselves.
3. Add the Link – Paste “Click on the link to vote for The Cridge Centre for the Family at CityHub – http://cityhub.ca/chek/i.php?n=1912&c=31.” to your email signature line until October 15, or share it on your facebook profile, in your twitter stream, and on your own webpage. 
CityHUB has been endorsed by the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce. There are over 1,500 registered nominees in 22 categories, and over 44,000 votes in just the first few days. People also get ‘CityBucks’ for being involved ($5 for signing up, and $.10 for each vote), which can be used at participating stores once the site launches. I expect it will be a high traffic site, and will generate some fun, positive buzz for us. 

Back to School with ARIA Wellness

Sometimes, when the everyday expenses of life have a family stretched to the limit, extra expenses like back-to-school supplies can be beyond the budget. Backpacks, pencils, notebooks and crayons add up, and the excitement of heading back to the routine of school can be diminished for those kids who don't have everything they need to succeed.

ARIA Health & Wellness recognize this need, and in response are collecting school supplies and cash donations until Saturday, August 27 on behalf of our children and youth who could use a little help with heading 'Back to School' – please stop by their office at 723 Humboldt Street to donate, or just to say thanks for caring.

ARIA is a family focus clinic, treating all ages with chiropractic, massage, acupuncture and naturopathy, with a core group focusing specifically on prenatal and children's health.  They love to support families in the community in many ways, and have in the past supported The Cridge Respitality Service as well. 

Please join ARIA Friday, August 26 between 11:30 am – 2:00 pm for a lunchtime barbecue or on Saturday August 27 between 9:30 am and 12:00 pm for smoothies and to drop off your donation.

The kids thank you, and so do we!