Windsor Curling Club Seniors’ Association 2023 Fundraiser For Hiatus House

by Herb Colling

The Windsor Curling Club Seniors’ Association is donating supplies to Hiatus House of Windsor during the winter holiday season this year, and it’s inviting other local curling leagues to support the worthy cause.

The association is made up of about 80 members who curl out of Roseland, and raise donations each year.

This year, the group decided to support the facilities at Hiatus House to help women escape domestic abuse and violence. They provide an emergency shelter for women, and their children, who are fleeing family or partner violence. A case worker also notes the agency can provide transitional housing, family court support, counselling, and children’s programming.

Sylvie Guenther is the Executive Director of Hiatus House, and she expresses the need is great this year because of the tough economic conditions that many families are experiencing. Hiatus House in Windsor has room to house 42 women for four to eight weeks, but there were 47 women in need during the first week of November alone.

“We have a policy that we don’t turn high risk women away; but being at, or over, capacity puts extra pressure on our staff and budget,” comments Guenther.

She points out that Hiatus House is working to provide transitional housing for up to two years for women in need. The group has a new property to develop, is raising funds, and looking for help from the federal government.

Guenther hopes the development will come sooner than later.

Jim MacLachlan is the President of the seniors’ curling association at Roseland, and he says his curlers always take up a collection for worthy causes during the holiday season. In previous years, they provided warm clothing and sundries for homeless people.

MacLachlan says he recognizes that there is still a need, but the curlers were also concerned about the situation at Hiatus House this year: “They need our help. We’re just trying to make a difference.”

Hiatus House is always looking for new women’s winter clothing, underwear, slippers, socks, bras, and especially pyjamas of all sizes. The women’s organization also needs personal care items, including new shampoos and conditioners, deodorants, hair brushes, dryers, straighteners, and sprays, pregnancy tests, and make up.

Gift cards are also welcome for groceries, movies, gas, as well as fast food outlets; and from companies including: Walmart, Tim Hortons, Shoppers Drug Mart, and Dollarama. Bus tickets could also be donated.

Hiatus House officials say small household items including, cookware, dishes, cutlery, and pots; small appliances including coffee makers, and tea kettles would also be welcome.

In many cases, the women leave their homes with their children, and so anything useful around the home could help them settle in to their new surroundings, including stationery, journals, day planners, adult colouring books, markers, phone chargers, pencils, blankets, wallets, purses, alarm clocks, loofahs, and nail clippers.

For children, new toys, headphones, speakers, batteries, clothing, pyjamas, and stuffed animals might help make the adjustment to their new lifestyle a little bit easier.

Donations can be dropped off in the upstairs lounge at the Roseland Golf and Curling Club during regular operating hours from November 13 to December 1, 2023.

There are five other curling leagues at Roseland, and they’re also being asked to support the drive. For further information, contact seniors’ association President, Jim MacLachlan, [email protected] or call 519-259-5405 or Herb Colling, publicity director [email protected] or by phone, 519-728-1579.