As the vacancy rate lowers competition increases, and those already on the fringes never make the cut. Social Housing isn't an "add-on" to a robust housing plan in communities, it's a necessary component. ... See moreSee less
Oldie, but a goodie! Centre ED, Lady Laforet and Dr. Sam Tsemberis, the developer of the Housing First Model, 9 years ago. Why does it matter?
In Jan 2020 our Two Housing support Workers for families in motel had a 75% housing success rate, utilizing a Housing First philosophy. We are proud of that and know that the city’s push for the whole community to become more impact-driven and housing-focused really helped us tailor our mission and work to become laser-focused on housing instead of managing homelessness and making it more comfortable.
City officials were instrumental to us increasing our provincial funding, moving from per diem to block funding to add stability. We have a Master Plan for Homelessness and Housing, based upon data and best practices as opposed to antiquated ideas of outcome and charity. We have an active By-Names List (thank you to the dozens of agencies who partner, share goals and vision, and work hard every day to connect people to services), next month the city launches HIFIS 4.0 to more strongly capture in-the-moment data and client case management across multiple agencies (thank-you to Federal Funding that supports that, and the City staff who spent evenings this week until 8pm training our staff and city staff on the new system and sharing our excitement for how this data will drive and support connections for our most vulnerable clients). ... See moreSee less
QUESTION: Shelters are getting millions in donations a year and are still asking for more, where does all THAT money go?
Good Question- fiduciary duty is important for all sectors, especially in non-profit! Yes, as a shelter we get donations from the community for areas that are not currently funded through provincial dollars (Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative). Do we get “millions” of donations a year? Not even close. In 2019 we received about $200,000 in financial donations and fundraising efforts.
In terms of what it was used for- dominantly staffing for the shelter program (government funding currently does not cover more than a single staff on afternoons, midnights or weekends and we have two on afternoons and partial weekends for safety and to keep our heads above water on each shift; midnights are still single-staffed and we if we could increase our stable donations or government funding to help cover that, we would), children’s recreational programming (completely donation funded, run by a single staff doing 10 hours a week and about 6 volunteers), our volunteer coordinator (completely donation funded, who oversees over 30 volunteers and coordinates over 100 hours weekly in volunteer time, along with our Harm Reduction Programming), and then odds and ends of overages in things like office supplies, repairs and maintenance, summer student wage top-up above what grants cover, and discretionary bus tickets for women in shelter.
We do not solicit funds beyond what is needed to cover operations, and we do not expand or create programming without the board of directors fully endorsing a long-term plan of action to ensure they are funded in a stable and ongoing manner. We do not have a "fundraiser" paid position in our agency- it is done in-house off the side of the desk of our Executive Director, Centre Manager, and PT community outreach staff on a grant that ends this Oct. Our "fundraising expenses" budget for the year is $8500 for 2020. That is dominantly us stepping into direct mailing, admin costs of our donor tracking system, printing flyers and brochures, event expenses for our two annual fundraisers (Quarter Auctions, to cover licensing and event supplies).
IF we did increase our donations (as we would like to) it would add midnight staff, then add housing stability follow-up programming for women, to ensure the women we support into community STAY in housing in the community without having to return to the shelter. It would also likely increase our children's programming, so children in shelter experiencing homelessness could be provided targeted supports, along with their caregivers. It would also likely expand us into more targeted diversion programming, to keep people OUT of the shelter system and in community, utilizing shelter as a last resort (as it should be). Ultimately, we agree that the majority of these areas should be funded initiatives through government programs and grants. ... See moreSee less
We’re proud to be a part of the Women’s National Housing and Homelessness Network, a collective of diverse women, including those with lived expertise, who are working to eliminate homelessness and housing insecurity for women, girls, and gender-diverse peoples across Canada. Join the network: womenshomelessness.ca/... See moreSee less
Check it out! St. Nicholas Macedonian Centre is putting on an event for International Women's Day, and they'll be donating some of their proceeds to our shelter. Sounds like it will be a fun night. Thanks for the support 😁 ... See moreSee less
53 people are spending their Family Day in our shelter this year without a place to call home. 13 single women are currently staying in shelter, some of whom do not have the support of a family. Some of these women become each other’s family in a sense. We see so much love, support, solidarity, and resiliency among the women in our shelter, as well as from the community. At the same time, 12 families with 22 children in our shelter are resting their heads in a small hotel room tonight. We are absolutely amazed with the support we have received so far in getting the doors open to Patsy’s Place – a dedicated play space and classroom for children staying in our hotel program, and additional office space for our housing workers and other community supports to meet with families. We appreciate all for your continued generosity which helps us to provide additional much needed services and supports to the women, families, and children experiencing homelessness in our community. Donate today at 263 Bridge Avenue or online at www.welcomecentreshelter.com/donate. Thank you for your support! ... See moreSee less
We've got some celebrating to do here at Welcome Centre Shelter! Our efforts to bring a higher housing focus to our drop-in program has been showing great success. In the month of January 2020, we had 166 total sign-ins by 45 individuals throughout the month. Of those 45 individuals, 40 engaged in our housing, community, and educational components. That means that 89% of people attending our drop-in have been utilizing and benefiting from our housing supports, community guest presentations, and other educational games and activities. We're always working to improve ourselves to provide exceptional services to the people we support in order to reduce the devastating impact of homelessness in our community. Have any ideas for additional supports you would like to see at drop-in? We would be happy to hear from you! ... See moreSee less
Need a reason to support our "Patsy's Place" Capital Campaign?
This is the office used by TWO Housing Support Workers and a social work intern student. This is it. The entire "Family program". As you meet with your Housing Worker, your kids sit at your feet. The phone rings and the other Housing Worker and student work a few feet from you.
Patsy's Place includes an area for additional office space, for more privacy when families meet with us and ability to watch your kids play in the next room while you meet; it's also space for supports from other agencies to use, free of charge, to meet with families in shelter. You can donate online via our website, or Canadahelps.org, or via cash/cheque to 263 Bridge Ave, Windsor ON, N9B2M1. ... See moreSee less
Chantel MacDonaldI would like to volunteer for the kids.program if available ... I am almost finished my school for chemical dependency counsellor and am hoping to work with kids of addicted and mental health parents ... Its my dream!
Seriously? Blown away by the day one support for kids! Don't have consent to release all 10 names, but did get two of them: Roni Riberdy and Patricia Girard, for their amazing $5000 donation to PATSY'S PLACE! ... See moreSee less