Interval House of Ottawa – A Letter of Hope


On June 19th 2015, Women’s Expressions has received a letter from Interval House of Ottawa, thanking us for all the donations received up to present.  Included in the letter, is the testimony on how we contributed in helping someone’s special.  Her name is Nariko.  Here is the letter for you to view – a scan image of the letter will succeed this article.

Dear friends,

I want to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for your continued support of Interval House of Ottawa. Your support is essential to women and children fleeing violence and helps us to ensure we have the capacity to meet an ongoing need in Ottawa, and help women like Nariko.

One night, Nariko called the crisis line in tears; she had been beaten by her husband and had nowhere to go. She arrived at IHO in the night feeling scared and confused, but soon met other women at IHO who had lived through similar situations. With counselling and support, Nariko began to realize her self-worth and sought legal advise to leave her marriage. Three months later, Nariko again feels like a self-assured woman on her journey of healing. She sings with her children and dances with other residents in the kitchen. She is again working as an executive and is finalizing the purchase of her own home.

Your support makes this possible. Thank you for your recent donations:

  • October 27, 2014                       $1,665.00
  • June 4, 2015                         $1,880.00

We are grateful to you for allowing us to help all our residents, and women like Nariko. You are shaping their lives for the future.

With sincere appreciation,

Charlene Maurice
Residential Program Manager
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