The John Howard Society of North Island

Organization Mission Statement

We provide programs and support to help children, youth, and families lead safer, healthier lives.

The organization serves the following population

We offer services primarily to vulnerable youth and families. This location serves the North Island. John Howard also serves Courtenay as South as Duncan.

The funds donated will be used to

We would use the funds at Foundry Campbell River, the youth services centre we operate in partnership with nine other community organizations. Foundry brings many services together under one roof to make it easier for young people ages 12-24 to find help and support. Services include primary and sexual health care, mental health counselling, substance use counselling, youth outreach, youth to adult transitions, housing support, employment information and support, youth and family conflict resolution, Aboriginal navigator, Elders and cultural support, LGBT2Q+ support, and groups and courses. All services are free. Specifically, we would use the funds to pay for groups offered to youth. We need funding for supplies and healthy snacks (granola bars, veggies and hummus, cheese and crackers), as well as honoraria for some of our instructors. Groups currently operating out of Foundry include SMART Recovery Family and Friends, Parent Support Group, Cooking Group, Social/Games Group, LGBT2Q+ Group, and Youth Yoga. As well, we would like to start a Healthy Activities Group (focusing on walking, running, hiking, nutrition, and self-care) and an Art Therapy Group.

Fund specific recreational and activity costs for KidStart mentees. This would include such things as swimming, gymnastics, dance, sports etc. Even though some discounts are currently available to our mentees for these type of activities, there are still substantial financial barriers for families of mentees who wish to involve their children in healthy activities. These funds would aid in positive experiences for our at risk children and youth.

The organizations current sources of funding are

Ministry of Children and Family Development, Vancouver Island Health Authority, BC Housing, Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission, Community Living BC, foundation and corporate grants, KidStart Champions (monthly donors), one-time donors, and fundraising.

 

Visit their website for more information: jhsni.bc.ca

 

This nomination has been reviewed by the 100 Women Who Care committee and meets all criteria.