ReSTART is an initiative of Soroptimist International of White Rock whereby the club provides kits of household items for women and children that are leaving Transition Houses to live independently, free from violence and abuse.
We continue to work through advocacy, action and outreach as an active voice in the struggle to end violence against women and children.
ReSTART, which stands for Surviving Today and ReSTARTing Tomorrow, was a project that was developed in 2004. Our research showed that women and children arrive at transition houses, often through police intervention or from the hospital emergency ward, with few or no personal belongings. We determined that basic household necessities are crucial for women and children trying to start independent living.
Our ReSTART kits contain kitchen, bedroom and bathroom items needed to set up a household and are designed to suit a single woman, and are increased for a family.
We received a grant from Soroptimist International of the Americas to fund the initial kits. Since we started the program in August 2004 we have provided kits to 403 women and 434 children, as well as to 72 senior women over 50.
We believe the ability to live independently, combined with professional counselling and education will enable the women to break out of the cycle of abuse and enhance their future.