The Modern Real Estate team is back with their annual Raise the Roof for Shelter fundraiser this September, and this year it’s bigger and better than ever!
Strap on your favourite footwear and join like-minded locals on September 21 from 6-9 pm at John Fluevog Shoes for the 9th annual Raise the Roof For Shelter fundraiser. After a three-year hiatus on in-person events, the hosts are excited to reinstate this annual gathering supporting a cause that is near and dear to their hearts – creating safe homes for women in our community.
All proceeds from the evening’s festivities will support local women’s shelters and national domestic violence prevention programs.
“We are so thrilled to be partnering with Fluevog’s again to bring this event back in person,” shares organizer Saira Reynolds, “Seeing the community come together to support this important cause truly makes the evening magical.”
Attendees can sip cocktails while they bid on an array of local silent auction items, mingle with familiar faces while they shop a selection of designer shoes, and enjoy delicious canapes provided by Food for Thought Catering while they learn about the missions of incredible local non-profits.
Shoe lovers shop for a good cause this evening, as John Fluevog Shoes commits to generously donating 50% of their shoe sales from the event.
John Fleuvog Shoes is located at 566 Johnson Street. Entry to this vibrant evening is by donation and is open to all members of the community. You can RSVP for the 2023 Raise the Roof for Shelter event at https://modernrev.com/events.
The Impacts of Intimate Partner Violence in Canada
Across the country, rates of intimate partner violence are on the rise. The isolation brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic initiated a dramatic increase in abuse within romantic partnerships. Referred to as the Shadow Pandemic, the impacts of this increase continue to affect Canadian women to this day.
More than four in 10 women across the country have experienced some form of intimate partner violence in their lifetime, while only 22% of these domestic violence incidents are reported to police.
Less often reported are the psychological impacts on the victims and how survivors of intimate partner violence face numerous barriers when trying to flee the home. According to a recent study, survivors have, on average, seven failed attempts at separating from an abusive partner before they leave permanently.
The stigma surrounding this statistic is pervasive. The question often arises as to why the women don’t simply stay away. The truth of the matter is that the barriers and burdens associated with leaving are many: fear of increased violence when they leave, financial and custody implications for their children, emotional manipulation and isolation, social and cultural factors, disabilities, or in some cases language barriers and fear of deportation. Often women carry shame alongside their fear and are hesitant to seek help.
This is but one of the many reasons why the Modern Real Estate Team works passionately to bring voice to this issue, and support organizations that provide much-needed services to these women in our community.
The Modern Real Estate Team’s Mission to Support Women in Need
Since its inception, the Modern Real Estate Team’s events have raised over $228,000 for domestic abuse survivors, and their mission is now more vital than ever.
Funds from the Raise the Roof for Shelter Fundraiser support the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, an organization helping women and children fleeing domestic violence across Canada. In Victoria, four shelters currently benefit from the program’s funding: the Victoria Women’s Transition House, Margaret Laurence House, Sooke Transition House Society and the Cridge Centre for the Family. National initiatives that champion teaching healthy relationships in schools and domestic violence prevention programs also receive a share of the funds.
“Now, it is more important than ever to have these conversations,” says Reynolds, “Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of your background, income or neighbourhood. When we work together, we can help break the cycle of violence in our community and give women and children a safe place to call home.”
To learn more about how the Modern Real Estate Team supports women in the community and to RSVP for the 2022 Raise the Roof for Shelter Fundraiser, visit https://modernrev.com/events.
If you are a victim of domestic violence seeking resources or emergency shelter, contact the Victoria Women’s Transition House, Margaret Laurence House, Sooke Transition House Society or the Cridge Centre for the Family.