Now that was a great Meeting!!! Tuesday July 12 we came together with the Chicks with Cheques the room was packed with lots of energy. Lets pack the room on our own next time.
If you didn’t get an opportunity to attend, you can still donate your $100 via this link: http://100menyeg.com/donate/ It’s never too late, and if everyone who has committed to this quarterly donation follows through, the impact will be even better!
So on with it, what happened?
First, WECAN Food Basket Society came back and told us how they allocated the $15K they received from us at our last meeting.
With the funds donated WECAN used $10K to set up an endowment fund at the Edmonton Community Foundation ECF, so that into prematurity there will be funds going to help those in need of food.
At WECAN, they value independence, cooperation, honesty and self-reliance of their membership and they see this as a contributing factor to alleviating poverty. WECAN Food Basket has become an essential component to many families’ and individuals’ monthly food budget as they believe that everyone has the right to enough food to meet his or her nutritional needs in order to live a good and healthy life.
1. Dogs With Wings, Was unable to make the meeting. Below is what they do in the community.
Our mission is to foster independence and integration for people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support. As one of only 8 accredited training schools in Canada, DWW serves clients across Alberta through five specific programs:
- Guide dogs for people who are blind or visually impaired
- Service dogs for people with physical disabilities or mobility issues
- Autism dogs for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder
- Facility dogs for victim service units, child crisis centres, schools and psychological services
- Companion dogs for people needing supports within their own home only
Our dogs are a lifeline for the individuals, families and clients receiving direct support. They also greatly enhance community life by allowing individuals to participate more fully and by spreading awareness of the contributions of people with disabilities.
Dogs with Wings is currently celebrating our 20th anniversary having placed over 130 dogs and providing collectively over 1300 years of service to the community.
2. Our House Addiction Recovery Centre
Our House Addiction Recovery Centre is a 60 bed men’s residential treatment centre for those that short term treatment has proven to be insufficient. Our treatment centre is unique as we are fully concurrent disorder capable with both mental health and addictions counsellors on our staff team. Our program is also a blend of cognitive behavioral therapy and the twelve step program. Our organization works with men on the furthest end of the spectrum of addiction where the average length of living in active addiction is 20 years. The objective of the one year program is for clients to develop a recovery lifestyle to help support a lifetime of abstinence. Clients spend the day in active programming including; group counselling covering a wide range of topics from raising self-esteem and healthy relationships to one to one counselling. The Centre also offers free of charge to the community Mental Health First Aid, Understanding One’s Anger, and a Family Program. In 2009 we moved from a 32 bed capacity location in Cromdale to our West end location which has a capacity of 60. We have been running at capacity as quickly as we were able to open beds and currently have a wait list. Last year we received referrals from 59 separate referral organizations.
3. Win House Womens Shelter
Win House was also the Recipient of the Night receiving $22,200.
WIN House is a non-profit agency operating three shelters, WIN I, WIN II and Carol’s House. The WIN Houses are for women with or without children who are fleeing domestic violence. In the beginning, we were a small group of concerned citizens who met in 1968 to consider the growing problem of homeless women in Edmonton. In 1970, we opened an overnight emergency shelter in the basement of All Saints Cathedral. Nearly five decades later, WIN House has become Edmonton’s largest charitable non-profit of its kind. WIN I opened in 1978 and WIN II in 1982. Finally, in 2010, Carol’s House was opened to newcomer women and after a brief closure for a year, was reopened in 2014. The shelters operate 24 hours per day, 365 days a year.
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