June 12, 2017
Liberty Lane raises ¼ of Kenny House Capital Campaign goal of $900,000 in just over three months.
For Immediate Release - In little more than 90 days, Liberty Lane has raised over $220,000.000 towards its $900,000.000 goal. The campaign officially launched on February 9, 2017. Liberty Lane provides women and their children affordable housing and support services while they leave abusive relationships. The Kenny House Capital Campaign is an expansion of Liberty Lane’s services.
"To say we are pleased with the progress so far is an understatement," says Liberty Lane’s executive director, Fiona Williams. "Full credit goes to the generous members of the community who have given to us and to our Kenny House fundraising committee who are reaching out to connect with friends, business associates and colleagues to collect money for this cause."
"We live in a very generous community," says Williams. "When people take the time to listen and understand what we are trying to accomplish, they generally try and support us with whatever they can give. We are getting donations from $20.00 to $50,000.00. Every penny of it is appreciated. Every penny is making a difference."
Joan Kenny, the Capital Campaign Patron is elated by the response. "I have been overwhelmed by the magnitude of support Liberty Lane has received. Once people are aware of the concept and the need for Liberty Lane, our community has been exceptionally generous."
While Liberty Lane and its Capital Campaign fundraising committee are pleased with the progress they realise that they are still a long way from the $900,000.00 goal. They plan to continue to reach out to businesses, individuals, and community groups in the Fredericton area. "It’s a good start," says Williams. "But if we want to continue providing our clients with the services they need to make a new start, we need to reach our goal."
The Kenny House Capital Campaign is an expansion of Liberty Lane’s services. Currently, an average of 30 women (and their children), approach Liberty Lane for housing every year but half of those can’t be accommodated because the facility is full. Kenny House is an expansion of Liberty Lane’s services and will have a greater capacity to deal with the demand, be wheelchair accessible and able to accommodate larger families.
For more information on Liberty Lane’s Kenny House Capital Campaign and how to donate, visit the website: http://www.libertylane.ca/capital-campaign.html or contact Liberty Lane’s offices at (506) 451-2120. One hundred percent (100%) of the money raised goes to Liberty Lane and its programs.
Once again, Irene Jewett, and her band of musicians, are hosting a Country Gospel Concert at St. Anthony's Parish, 603 Union Street, Fredericton, on Sunday, April 30th, from 1-4pm.
As usual there will be music, silent auction items, raffles, and a 50/50 draw.
Everyone is welcome. We know when folks hear the concert is at a church, it might be only for members of that church - well this concert is open to anyone who wants an afternoon of music and fun. We hope to see you there!
Buy your raffle tickets at the concert
or on our website - HERE.
Sometimes it is best to listen to others who possess a wisdom from which we can all learn. I heard Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on CBC's The Current this morning - well worth checking out the podcast if you missed it. Below is a taste of Chimamanda's feminist manifesto. Happy International Women's Day!
Last October, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie shared a 9,221 word feminist manifesto, via Facebook, in the form of a letter to her friend Ijeawele, who had just given birth to a daughter and sought Adichie’s advice on how to raise her as a feminist. The letter was widely shared, and has now been extended and adapted into the author’s latest book, Dear Ijeawele, Or A Feminist Manifesto In Fifteen Suggestions.
Adichie, who has a 15 month old daughter, offers rich parenting wisdom through a set of tips aimed at helping mothers and fathers raise empowered children. She sheds light on an array of topics including the pressure put on girls to have presentable hair, the importance of gender-neutral toys and the rejecting of marriage and likability as necessary achievements for girls. The book also thoroughly explores the misuse of the word “feminism.”
“We have to name something in order to fix it, which is why I insist on the word feminist or feminism.” Adichie says. “Many of my friends who are not white will say, ‘I’m an intersectional feminist,’ or ‘I’m a womanist.’ And I have trouble with that word, because it has undertones of femininity as this mystical goddess-mother thing, which makes me uncomfortable. So we need a word. And my hope is we use ‘feminism’ often enough that it starts to lose all the stigma and becomes this inclusive, diverse thing,” she tells The Guardian.
In Dear Ijeawele, the feminist icon offers invaluable insight in a way that only she can. Read and excerpt from the book below, (via The Guardian.)
Be a full person. Motherhood is a glorious gift, but do not define yourself solely by it. You don’t even have to love your job; you can merely love the confidence and self-fulfilment that come with doing and earning. Please reject the idea that motherhood and work are mutually exclusive. Our mothers worked full-time while we were growing up, and we turned out well – at least you did; the jury is still out on me.
In these coming weeks of early motherhood, be kind to yourself. Ask for help. Expect to be helped. There is no such thing as a Superwoman. Parenting is about practice – and love.
Give yourself room to fail. A new mother does not necessarily know how to calm a crying baby. Read books, look things up on the internet, ask older parents, or just use trial and error. But, above all, take time for yourself. Nurture your own needs.
I have no interest in the debate about women “doing it all”, because it is a debate that assumes that caregiving and domestic work are singularly female domains, an idea that I strongly reject. Domestic work and caregiving should be gender-neutral, and we should be asking not whether a woman can “do it all”, but how best to support parents in their dual duties at work and at home.
Beware the danger of what I call Feminism Lite; the idea of conditional female equality. Being a feminist is like being pregnant. You either are or you are not. You either believe in the full equality of men and women, or you do not.
Teach your daughter to question language. A friend of mine says she will never call her daughter “princess”. The word is loaded with assumptions, of a girl’s delicacy, of the prince who will come to save her. This friend prefers “angel” and “star”. So decide the things you will not say to your child. You know that Igbo joke, used to tease girls who are being childish – “What are you doing? Don’t you know you are old enough to find a husband?” I used to say that often. But now I choose not to. I say, “You are old enough to find a job.” Because I do not believe that marriage is something we should teach young girls to aspire to.
Try not to use words like “misogyny” and “patriarchy”. We feminists can sometimes be too jargony. Teach her that if you criticise X in women but do not criticise X in men, you do not have a problem with X, you have a problem with women. For X please insert words like anger, ambition, loudness, stubbornness, coldness, ruthlessness.
Do you remember how we laughed and laughed at an atrociously written piece about me some years ago? The writer had accused me of being “angry”, as though “being angry” were something to be ashamed of. Of course I am angry. I am angry about racism. I am angry about sexism. But I recently came to the realisation that I am angrier about sexism than I am about racism. Because in my anger about sexism, I often feel lonely. Because I love, and live among, many people who easily acknowledge race injustice but not gender injustice.
Teach your daughter to question men who can have empathy for women only if they see them as relational rather than as individual equal humans. Men who, when discussing rape, will say something like, “If it were my daughter or wife or sister.” Yet such men do not need to imagine a male victim of crime as a brother or son in order to feel empathy.
Teach her, too, to question the idea of women as a special species. I once heard an American politician, in his bid to show his support for women, speak of how women should be “revered” and “championed” – a sentiment that is all too common. Tell her that women don’t need to be championed and revered; they just need to be treated as equal human beings.
February 9, 2017
Liberty Lane Expands – Launches Kenny House $900,000 Capital Campaign
Kenny House to offer 50% more residential housing and wheelchair access.
“Building a Foundation for Safety”
Fredericton, NB – Liberty Lane, a Fredericton based charity that provides Second Stage Housing and Family Violence Prevention Outreach is moving and expanding the services it offers. The organisation provides housing and community services to women and their children affected by domestic violence. The new centre, Kenny House, will have 10 affordable rent apartments including a wheelchair accessible unit, and greater access to support services and general amenities than Liberty Lane’s current location.
“I am extremely excited for our new centre,” says Fiona Williams, Liberty Lane’s executive director. “Last year we had to turn away 17 women and their families because our residences were at capacity. The new facility is an exciting new chapter for Liberty Lane. It means a 50% increase in the number of apartments we can offer, it means we can now offer safe housing to women that need wheelchair access, and it puts us in central location where our clients can easily access regular amenities like grocery stores, doctor’s offices and the transit system – things we didn’t have at our old location.”
Kenny House is named after Joan and Bob Kenny. Bob was a Fredericton lawyer who passed away from ALS in 2015. Before Bob’s passing, he and his wife Joan worked with Liberty Lane to develop a fiscally responsible and workable plan for the construction of Kenny House. Joan is continuing to support Liberty Lane by acting as the Patron of the capital Campaign. “This is such important work,” says Mrs. Kenny. “I am so pleased to be part of campaign and deeply honoured to have our family name associated with the new construction.”
The capital campaign goal to support Kenny House is $900,000 to offset the mortgage and allow Liberty Lane to focus on programs to support women trying to leave violent situations. “The fundraising campaign is off to a strong start,” says Fiona Williams. “We have a focused fundraising board in place working to tap into the support we know the people of Fredericton and the surrounding area will provide. People understand the importance of the programs and services we offer. I have every confidence the people of Fredericton will help us reach our goal.”
Fiona Williams, Executive Director - Liberty Lane Inc.
Phone (506) 451-2120
Proceeds going to Liberty Lane!
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It's Family Violence Prevention Month...
...the month of November has been raising awareness about family violence for 30 years. It is important that attention be put this topic as it is easily hidden behind the four walls of a home. Every day at Liberty Lane we work with the fall out from family violence and it's a tough, complex, and scary topic.
It is not that easy to recognize the signs of abuse early on in a relationship, so today we want to talk about how to recognize the characteristics of a healthy relationship. None of us have to be in a relationship to be whole, it is good to know yourself before getting into a relationship, and you don't have to commit to the first person you meet - you are allowed to have standards. Take time to figure out what your deal breakers are, for example: should your partner have a job? Are you okay to date someone with a criminal background - and if so, what do they need to do to demonstrate they have learned from their past and are moving on? What level of education do you want your partner to have? Do you want someone who likes the same things as you, or an opposites-attract situation? Dating to find a long-term partner is fun, enjoy yourself and don't put pressure on yourself to date for the sake of it.
YES, you can choose who you date, and yes, it's hard to let someone down if you don't like them, but you have to ensure your happiness and safety are important during the dating process.
Whether you are in a relationship or looking for one, here are some signs of healthy behaviours in a relationship for you to examine about yourself - and your partner:
-you can describe things you like about your partner, and they can do that about you.
-you are comfortable with each other, you don't worry about "setting the other person off".
-you both have friends and can spend time with friends without being made to feel guilty and not making the other person feel guilty.
-you work for your relationship (lust is one thing, love takes nurturing)
-you are excited to see each other
-your self-esteem is not challenged by your love for your partner
If you are worried about your safety in a relationship, please call any one of the free confidential family violence services in your community. In New Brunswick you can find your nearest support here: http://ow.ly/izGB3060AgX
Twice a year a gathering of musicians from around New Brunswick gather at St. Anthony's Church in Fredericton to perform in a fundraising concert. Hosted by Irene Jewett, a talented musician in her own right; Irene is passionate about raising funds to support women and children who have experience family violence.
Over the past four years, Liberty Lane has been a recipient of proceeds from the concerts. Donations like these go towards the programs at Liberty Lane, and the money allows us to help a mother by medicine when her child is sick, or cover the cost of a training program for a woman going back to work.
The concerts are a lot of fun. There are always some new faces on the stage, so if you've been at a concert before, it will be different each time.
See you there!
On September 23, LearnSphere is helping Liberty Lane to host a workshop called:
Fundraising Essentials: Go From Good to Great Fundraising.
For just $60, get expert advice in a full day workshop with lunch included.
According to 2008 statistics from Statistics Canada, dating violence is the highest among the 15-24 age group, making up 43% of all incidents of dating violence. Young women between 15-19 experience 10 times more violence in relationships than young men. Additionally, each year in Canada, an estimated 360,000 children witness or experience family violence. Research shows that children who witness violence are more likely to grow up to become victims or abusers.
Talk to your children about what a healthy relationship looks like – including the meaning of consent. For more resources, please visit www.loveisrespect.org.
Contact us today if you or anyone you know is experiencing violence in the home.