2016 Community Impact Grant Recipients!
FREDERICTON SEXUAL ASSAULT CENTRE (FSAC)
The Fredericton Sexual Assault Crisis Centre (FSACC) has been providing services to victims of sexual violence since 1975. While much progress has been made in addressing the issue, sexual violence is still shrouded in secrecy, shame and isolation. Many victims still struggle to come forward and when they do, they often have difficulties finding specialized interveners and services. The specialized sexual assault counselling program at FSACC is faced with an intensifying demand on services, and a need for counselling options for survivors in our community.
To respond to this need and with the generous support of the Fredericton Community Foundation, FSACC’s 10 month project The Power of Community: Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence will enhance individual and group therapy interventions for survivors of sexual violence by ensuring their resources reflect current best practice in trauma-informed approaches.
Working in collaboration with community partners of counselling, mental health and victim services, FSACC will deliver a 10-week group therapy program, and offer individual therapy for group participants, before, during and post-group. This aspect of the project alone translates into almost 250 additional hours of therapeutic support currently not available for victims of sexual violence in our community. Throughout the project, FSACC will engage in evaluation and reporting activities so that they can measure the impact of this project and make recommendations for use by their partners.
The Fredericton Community Foundation’s Impact Grant will make possible a substantial expansion of therapeutic services for victims of violence in the Greater Fredericton area who have no other options available to them. It will also support the strengthening of partnerships between community-based and non-profit agencies engaged in work with some the most marginalized individuals in our community.
HORIZON HEALTH – PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES
Public health nurses work with first time mothers and their infants in a program called “Healthy Families, Healthy Babies” (HFHB). The HFHB is a voluntary home visiting program delivered to a vulnerable infant population who have developmental risk factors such as young and inexperienced parents, limited education, low financial means, and mental health and addiction issues.
The HFHB Program involves frequent visits by a nurse which creates the opportunity for the families to develop a therapeutic relationship with their home visiting nurse. This relationship provides the unique ability to present and reinforce literacy information over time and gives families the best chance to improve their infants’ literacy development.
Several key stakeholders (Public Health, Talk with Me, NB Public Library Services and Literacy Coalition of NB) have joined together to form a committee to implement a literacy program called “Reaching out to Read” for families in the HFHB program.
“Reaching out to Read” is designed to identify maternal and infant literacy levels, support access to literacy supports and to encourage families to read and foster infant-toddler language development through the provision of age appropriate books. Unfortunately, many families in the HFHB Program do not have the funds/resources to purchase and obtain developmentally appropriate books for their children, which puts these children at a literacy disadvantage prior to school entry.
In the program, a total of 8 books (one prenatally, one at 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 21 and 24 months) will supplement the ones already given to all families at birth and 18 months from the “Born to Read” program. With each book delivery, nurses mentor parents on how to read to their infants based on their infant’s particular age of development. The Fredericton Community Foundation’s Impact Grant will be used to purchase high quality children books to launch the “Reaching out to Read” program in our community.
CAPITAL REGION MENTAL HEALTH & ADDICTIONS ASSOCIATION INC. (CRMHAA)
Capital Region Mental Health & Addictions Association has partnered with John Howard Society of Fredericton to provide homelessness outreach services/ housing first services in the Fredericton Region. The Impact Grant will assist with Co-ordinated Intake and Assessment of homeless individuals. The grant will help the two agencies with necessary equipment and also help with having one outreach worker to assist with the Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool (SPDAT) roll out to other agencies and co-ordinated intake to ensure that there is not a duplication of services across agencies. The impact will be tremendous in the community as there will be efficiencies in the sharing of data and information and better services being provided to individuals in need of support.
Outreach workers will also be doing SPDAT assessments on individuals. These can more easily be uploaded into tablets at street level than the current process of using refurbished laptops. They have access to Salesforce to be able to track personal data into a program that is health record secure. Having all outreach workers using the same tools across agencies will have tremendous impact in the community for homeless individuals as they will not need to retell their story with each service provider provided they have consented to the sharing of information across the community team.
This project will have a substantial role in assisting with the Community Plan to End Homelessness in Fredericton. Co-ordinated intake will help the community come together in addressing the needs of the homeless population to ensure the right services are provided at the right time. It will also assist clients in accessing a range of services from various service providers from health to social development programming.