Safe Families Windsor-Essex Receives $75,000 Grant

Thursday October 8th, 2020

Posted at 7:37pm

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Safe Families Windsor-Essex received a $75,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation that will go towards launching the Safe Families PLUS program in Essex County.

Safe Families Windsor-Essex mandate is to positively impact and strengthen families in crisis. The crisis may be loss of employment, illness, addiction, homelessness, etc.

Safe Families looks to intervene and step in before bad things happen to children, and is a community-based safety net alternative to the government child welfare system.

“The project would pair youth who have recently ‘aged out’ of foster care with adult mentors who would act as a long-term, consistent role model, similar to an extended family member,” said Joanne Fear, regional director of Safe Families Windsor-Essex. “The mentor is a volunteer, support person who would guide the youth along on their journey, working towards achieving their independence goals. Mentors will come alongside the youth to provide lasting support and shared experiences; help with exploring talents, and career interests; teach life skills (i.e. grocery shopping, budgeting, etc.); connect with resources in the community and develop strong emotional and social skills.”

Safe Families Canada launched in 2011 in Toronto. The Windsor-Essex site launched March of 2019. Safe Families Canada now has 9 sites across the nation.

For more information, visit there website.

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