In 1976, Interval House of Ottawa (IHO) opened its doors in a small home with four beds. It was Ottawa's first shelter for women fleeing abuse.
Since that time, IHO has grown to house 10 women and their dependents in accessible, comfortable, private family bedrooms. By 2016, they had served more than 3200 women and 4000 dependents in their shelter, and countless more through their own crisis line and Transitional & Housing Support Program.
This year, by raising money for new housing renovations, an additional 8 women and up to 32 children can be safely accommodated, nearly matching their existing capacity.
They are providing safe shelter and support, intervention and prevention services, and advocacy to break the cycle of violence.