Marcus Tullius Cicero, an ancient Roman philosopher and statesman, famously said,“a home without books is a body without soul.”
On June 7, 2012, Act to End Violence Against Women launched Turning the Page at Auberge Transition in Montreal. We have transformed a space in this shelter for women who have experienced abuse into a children’s library complete with books, furniture, computers and comfort items to create an educational resource and haven of warmth and security for the youngest victims of domestic violence. On Feb 1, 2013, Turning the Page was launched at Women’s Habitat in Toronto. Turning the Page at Women’s Habitat was a collaborative effort with Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue.
A woman and her children who are fleeing an abusive situation will often have only the clothes on their backs and a few of their personal belongings with them. While shelters struggle to provide clothing, food and support to these families, they seldom have the resources to provide the educational benefits and quiet comfort of a library. Act To End Violence Against Women’s Turning the Page was conceived to fill this gap.
“The children love to read about their favourite characters like Babar or Caillou. Their faces light up when they snuggle next to their mom as she reads them a story. For a moment they forget about the past and can enjoy a calm and serene environment where violence does not exist”. Irene Jansson, Executive Director Auberge Transition.
The vision of Turning the Page is to open libraries in shelters across Canada.
To learn more about this project or to support Turning the Page, call Act To End Violence Against Women toll-free at 1-866-333-5942. You may also donate to this program here