Applications & referrals accepted year round!
Caregiver & Child (age 7-11) will run July to August 2021, two afternoons a week.
Spots are limited!
July 12, 2021: As we embark upon our summer program, we want to assure our clients and community that we will continue intensive cleaning measures, health assessments prior to arrival and hand sanitizing when entering our building. We will also require clients to wear a mask at all times unless they are seated at their table/chair. Half of our participants are unvaccinated (as they are children under the age of 12) and we take the safety of our clients and staff very seriously, even as we prepare to engage in a fun family program! These measures ensure the best outcomes for the time being and we thank you in advance for your understanding, support and patience.
STRENGTHENING FAMILIES PROGRAM (SFP)
What is the Strengthening Families Program?
Strengthening Families Program promotes mutual skill building between a caregiver and child over 14 units meant to empower, engage and encourage participants. We provide families with "tools for their toolbox".
Activities and material address:
building positive relationships
community & school involvement
bonding & attachment
WHAT TO EXPECT?
We provide a safe, inclusive space to welcome families.
Attendance is voluntary and there is no cost to participate.
Families must complete an intake process before being accepted into the program.
There are prizes and incentives for attendance. Transportation and meals are provided, and support for babysitting is possible..
Every group is lead by a diverse team consisting of peers, elders and teachers.
Counselling is available for free to any participant upon request.
Programs consist of 14 units, and are for caregivers and their child. There are programs designed for children ages 7-11 or youth ages 12-16. Both the caregiver and child/youth must attend together - this program requires partnership.
All families who complete the program will receive a certificate.
Tara Switenky manages the Strengthening Families Program, and Danielle Bear is the Caseworker for SFP families.
SFP also employs a group of facilitators, elders, baby-sitters and peer mentors who are utilized for family programming.