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June 24, 2015

The year brought many significant changes to our society. These changes have proven to be beneficial to both clients and staff. Our Moving Forward Pilot Project was a huge success and we look forward to expanding it in 2015. The Moving Forward Project was designed to support women and their children on an outreach basis by being able to offer our services after their stay with us. We (staff) recognized that women and their children benefited from our support and services after they left and that it was an essential component to keeping women and their children safe from further abuse. Women benefitted greatly with continued support around court procedures, custody and access, safety planning, life skills, housing and medical appointments. We were able to offer tenant kits to set up their new home. Tenant kits consist of basic items such as dishes, pots and pans, bedding, bathroom supplies etc.  This project resulted in a gap in services being filled.

 

Another service we provided under our Moving Forward was painting classes every Thursday. This service is offered to our in house clients and our outreach clients and is facilitated by a local lady. The service helps women stay contacted to a supportive environment. The painting class is not only healing in that women are able to express themselves through art it is also a social time for them. Women are currently working on art pieces that will be matted and framed and part of an Art show in September.

 

On Friday nights we have offered a Movie Night to both in house and outreach clients. This service allows women to have social interaction in a safe place.

 

I was able to be part of the Youth Mental Health Wellness Committee to work with a team of service providers that are dedicated to helping our youth through awareness, education and events. The committee meets once a month at Revelstoke Secondary School. One of the events the shelter participated in was the Youth Mental Health Wellness Fair. It was located at the high school and each service provider had interactive booths to promote awareness and education to Revelstoke Youth on local services available to them.

 

The shelter was also a large leading force behind creating the Revelstoke Integrated Case Assessment Team. This team is a group of service providers who work in collaboration with each other on high risk cases. Training was organized, staff sat on the steering committee and on the team itself.

Therefore, this past year has been an exciting and rewarding one as the moving forward project; the art classes and the ICAT have all proved to be valuable services that we can continue to offer to women and their children in the community.

Respectfully submitted,

Lynn (Team Leader)