Are you celebrating Orange Shirt Day today? Today we recognize the injustice and cultural genocide that residential schools inflicted on Indigenous communities. We honour those who survived and did not survive. To this day, indigenous communities still face the traumatic effects of the residential school system along with historically rooted oppression, racism, and discrimination.
On September 29th, 2020, the Minister of Canadian Heritage announced an important step in implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action by introducing Bill C-5. Once this bill is formally approved, it would establish the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as a statutory holiday to be observed on September 30 (commonly known as Orange Shirt Day). A similar bill was proposed last spring but was never passed. This is but one of the 94 Call's to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to the Canadian Government.
September’s Suicide Prevention Awareness Month is coming to an end. This month is important to recognize as suicide is the 9th leading cause of death in Canada and suicide prevention is an ongoing effort.
Here at the Welcome Centre, we see the effects of depression and suicidal ideation year-round. Homelessness can result from an array of traumatic experiences, and also be a traumatic experience in of itself. Many clients that we support come through our doors with new and/or increased issues with their mental health, commonly depression and suicidal ideation.
In homeless youth, this is especially prevalent, with nearly 1 in 3 experiencing depression. Indigenous peoples in Canada are also overrepresented among those experiencing homelessness, and experience suicide at a rate 3X higher than the general population.
Depression and suicide are major issues that we see as an emergency shelter provider, and we do the best we can to provide support through additional training of our staff. Many of our staff are trained in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, as well as in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills. Homelessness is a difficult circumstance to experience, and we strive to support our clients through that difficult time to the best of our ability. You are not alone, and we are here to support you. For more information on homelessness and suicide, check out homelesshub.ca/.
If you or someone you know are experiencing thoughts of suicide, here are some resources to support you:
24/7 Community Crisis Hotline (Local): 519-973-4435 Canada Crisis Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-833-456-4566 Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868
Every Child Deserves Playtime Children deserve more, and we want to give them more. We serve over 400 children and their families each year are currently running our play programming out of a parking lot, which is weather dependent. We have purchased and outfitted a portable classroom and we hope that with your help, we will have enough funds to staff and maintain it for 1 year. Visit 3030.WelcomeCentreShelter.com to learn how you can help bring playtime year-round to children in shelter! ... See moreSee less
QUESTION: How will Patsy’s Place help parents in shelter?
“Gosh, I’m not a parent but I’ve seen the frustration in teenager’s eyes and parent’s eyes when they have to go on Edsby or whichever educational platform and help their kids navigate what they have to learn for that day. This space could be a nice safe haven for kids and a bit of respite for caregivers, to allow volunteers and staff to help their kids keep up with their schoolwork while caregivers/parents look for housing.” – Erica Bassakos, former Child and Youth Program Coordinator
“I think it’s important that parents get that opportunity to have a little bit of a break; that children are able to run, and play, and do things, as well as their parents being able to stop and take a breath, and/or be given that opportunity to focus - really focus - on trying to find affordable housing.” – Kelly Boyle, Family Housing Support Worker
If you'd like to learn more about Patsy's Place and how the Centre is making strides to support caregivers and children in shelter visit 3030.WelcomeCentreShelter.com! ... See moreSee less
As a result of the current public health situation, Windsor's Annual Take Back the Night rally tomorrow has been moved online. Be sure to check out Violence Against Women Coordinating Committee Windsor-Essex's page for the link to join their live-streamed event Friday September 25th at 7:15PM! Staying home to stay healthy doesn't mean we can't still stand up for the elimination of violence against women. Let's Take Back the Night! ... See moreSee less
Unfortunately, it isn’t unusual for us to hear comments like this from our clients. 38% of women fleeing violence/abuse immediately become homeless after leaving their partner. We know that coming into shelter when you’re fleeing an unsafe situation can be very scary, and we assure our commitment to creating a safe space.
Here are some examples of how we achieve this: 1. Locked exits with staff-supervised entry. Only clients seeking shelter and current residents are permitted to enter our doors (with the exception of expected maintenance workers and other service providers). 2. Security cameras around common areas, the surrounding yard, exits and entrances. 3. Holding client meetings privately and keeping client documents/case notes out of sight to avoid clients becoming aware of each others personal information. 4. Only disclosing information about a client, including their presence at the shelter, if given explicit consent to do so (with the exception of instances in which clients pose a serious risk of harm to themselves or others, if there is evidence of child abuse/neglect, or if we are legally subpoenaed to do so). 5. Harm-reduction. Creating safety plans with clients to reduce their risk of harm while off-site. 6. Trauma-informed practice. Considering and showing empathy to experiences of trauma while actively working to avoid re-traumatization.
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Annette StewartI am glad that safety is good there. And families are safe in your care
4 days ago
Lorna LennoxThank you for everything you've done for me. Its been now 14 months and I am standing strong on my own,the empowerment you all have given me stays within my heart and I will continue to do so.
7 days ago · 1
Pat MancellI wish 45 years ago. Thank you for your commitment to these women that desperately need your help
“We have a proven record of being fiscally responsible; meeting women, families, and children where they are, empowering them to reach their full potential. Homelessness is such a big issue and it is really important that we all open our hearts and donate to Patsy’s Place and change lives forever. Everybody benefits from that portable.” - Pat Taman, Founding Member & Past Executive Director
Thirty years ago, we started as the Well-Come Centre for Human Potential. Our name may have changed, but our mission to empower others to their fullest potential has not.
Patsy’s Place will provide much needed resources to over 400 children and their families, helping to set them up for success in life after shelter. By making a donation you are personally helping to give children in shelter the power to reach their full potential. Visit 3030.WelcomeCentreShelter.com to learn more! ... See moreSee less
Meet Lucy - one of the over 400 children staying at the Welcome Centre this year. Our family programming serves over 800 clients annually, almost 50% being children under the age of 15.
You can help support families like Lucy’s right now by making a donation to 3030.welcomecentreshelter.com/. Patsy's Place will cost around $30,000 to run for 1 year, and your donation brings us one step closer to our goal of making this a fully-staffed, 7-days-a-week support space for the families in our community who need it the most! ... See moreSee less
QUESTION: How did the child and youth program start, and how will the new program be different?
ANSWER: “It started in May 2018. It was a pilot project that was supposed to run for six months to test the waters. Before the pilot program, we had zero children and youth programming on-site. Then we got together a team of volunteers in January 2019 to plan for what we thought it might look like. We secured some space in the restaurant on-site to use on the weekends, and it started out as just four hours of programming a week on Saturdays and Sundays. We would bring some stuff over from the shelter, set up the restaurant to make it look like it was someplace to have fun, and then take everything down after two hours, to turn it back into a restaurant for use the next day. [. . .]. [Patsy’s Place] will allow us to have a space that’s ours. We can set it up how we want to, and it will create a lot more opportunity for us to expand our program.” – Erica Bassakos, former Child and Youth Program Coordinator
To learn more about Patsy's Place and how YOU can help bring 7-days-a-week programming to children in shelter visit 3030.WelcomeCentreShelter.com! ... See moreSee less
Time to hide some more Bana Rocks at the shelter! Who will find them, and where will they end up next?
Thanks @BANAWindsor for this latest set of rocks, and all the hard work you put in to promote wellness in our community! It is much appreciated, especially during these difficult times #banabeyourself... See moreSee less