100+ Women Who Care Sault Ste. Marie 

Thinking Locally, Acting Locally 

Meals on Wheels,  January 16, 2018
$15,700



Meals on Wheels has been making a difference in the lives of seniors and persons with disabilities in Sault Ste. Marie for over 44 years. 

They are the lifeline that 115 adults in the community rely upon every day.

Meals on Wheels was started by the ladies of the Maycourt Club on February 24, 1973. For many years, these dedicated ladies packaged and served the meals completely on a voluntary basis. 


For the past fourteen years, the program has been run by a paid coordinator out of the F.J. Davey Home. The North East Local Health Integration Network subsidizes the program and the recipients make a co-payment.


Meals on Wheels volunteers are the backbone of the program. Collectively, they logged over four thousand volunteer hours last year and delivered over twenty-six thousand meals. 


Volunteers bring a human touch to the front door of Sault Ste. Marie’s most vulnerable citizens. Meals on Wheels volunteers treat each client with respect and dignity. 


They go above and beyond by bringing the garbage to the curb, bringing the mail in, fixing the remote when it doesn’t work as well as dialing 911 when faced with a fall or emergency and staying with the client until help arrives. 


Meals on Wheels volunteers have seen and done it all, with patience and a smile.


Seniors, veterans, persons convalescing, persons with disabilities and caregivers qualify to receive a hot, nutritious lunch daily. 


Our clients have included seniors over the age of one hundred to a young mother convalescing who’s three children were excited about eating a ‘T.V. dinner’ every day! 


Meals on Wheels issues receipts through the F.J. Davey Home Foundation. Registration No. BN87099 1718 RR0001.


RSVP by email to donate and/or attend the January 16 event in support of this invaluable organization. 

No Limits Adaptive Ski Association 

and SkiAbility Algoma


October 24, 2017



$16,877



These fantastic groups are dedicated to ensuring persons with disabilities have an opportunity to try downhill skiing (No Limits) and water skiing (SkiAbility Algoma).


The two groups operate autonomously, but are "sister organizations," with shared values and many of the same volunteers.


No Limits operates out of Searchmont Resort, with 21 volunteers and certified instructors.  Their annual budget is $13,000. 


No Limits is a registered charity  (845831841 RR0001). 

SkiAbility Algoma runs from Bell's Point, with 24 volunteers and trained instructors.  Their annual budget is $7,000. 


Each group has 10 seasons under their belt.


Both provide wheelchair-accessible transportation and on-site attendant service at no additional cost to participants. 


This approach is unique in Canada - no other programme in the country provides transportation and on-site attendance services!


Both are funded by sponsors, donations, fundraising and user fees. Both strive to keep user fees as low as possible, to reduce barriers to participation.


Funds raised through 100 Women SSM will make a tremendous difference to the maintenance and expansion of each programme.


Women in Crisis (Algoma) 

July 25, 2017


$15,400


Women In Crisis (Algoma) is a safe and supportive shelter for women who have experienced abuse and their children. Emergency shelter is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 


Women In Crisis opened its first home at 123 March Street in March 1979, thanks to the tireless efforts of Tony van den Bosch and Terry Shamess and their supporters. The March Street location accommodated 12 residents (women and children). 


Just 12 years later, in January 1991, a new 24-bed home on Oakland Avenue opened.  

There is a significant demand for shelter and services. In 2016:


- emergency shelter was accessed by 288 individuals, both women and children;

- 24-hour telephone and/or walk-in support was accessed 3,325 times; 

- family court and transitional housing support services were provided 1,441 times; 

- individual counselling services were provided 2,039 times.

Financial pressures:  WIC would like to secure funds to install a safe in each woman’s closet. Each woman would then be able to access her valuables as desired, without staff assistance. Currently, women staying in the shelter must wait until staff are free in order to retrieve valuables stored in the office.  


WIC would also like to  completely redo the childcare playroom. The flooring is lifting, and it needs to be painted. WIC also needs new furniture in the family room. The furniture is 10 years old, but with the high traffic, the wear and tear on it is badly visible.

Pauline's Place, 

April 25, 2017

$17,575


Pauline’s Place, a 19-bed shelter, provides emergency shelter and basic necessities to youth (male ages 16-17, female ages 16-21), women, and families in Sault Ste. Marie. 


Pauline's Place also assists their clients in acquiring safe and affordable housing and connecting them to other needed services. 

Pauline's Place opened its doors in May 2004, as an 8-bed youth shelter. It was named in honour of the late Pauline Wilson-Robinson, a registered nurse and social worker dedicated to helping youth in distress.
Since then, Pauline's Place has expanded to help meet some of the needs in our community.  

Since 2004, 2,500 youth have stayed at Pauline's Place. 

In 2016 alone, 46 youth, 49 women and 44 families were housed, fed and assisted by Pauline's Place.  Pauline's Place cared for all these people in 2016 on a bare bones budget of $350,000.

With help from 100+ Women Who Care SSM, Pauline's Place would like to restore programming for youth lost due to cuts in government support. 

This programming could include daily activities, such as teaching clients life skills - cooking, cleaning, budgeting, and maintaining housing, as well art & cultural activities. Funds could assist with apartment start-up costs, offered to clients leaving the shelter (cleaning supplies, household items, furniture, new bedding and fresh food boxes).

Breaking Away, Jan. 24, 2017

$15,505 


Breaking Away was established by parents in Sault Ste. Marie in 2004 to help their adult children with developmental disabilities. 


Once an individual with developmental disabilities turns 21, there is little to no government support for that individual. Parents often struggle to protect their child's independence and quality of life. 


Breaking Away was created by parents to help their children break away from limitations imposed by a lack of opportunity and by others' perceptions of their abilities.


Breaking Away runs  Mon-Fri ,10:00-5:00, in the Mount St. Joseph Learning Centre. Individualized programmes aim to help each student achieve their maximum potential, to build and to maintain skills, and to participate in exercise, social and recreational activities.  


Students participate in weekly meal planning and grocery shopping, swimming, crafting, and exercise programs, such as swimming, gymastics, zumba and yoga. Students go to the mall for lunch twice per month, and the library and bowling alley once per month. Students remain active in the community, including by participating in seasonal community events (Festival of Trees, Bon Soo, Rotaryfest, etc).


Breaking Away is a registered charity (Registration # 854053634RR0001) and relies on client fees, donations and fundraising to operate. More pictures and info available on Facebook and on the Breaking Away website.

The Soup Kitchen, Oct. 4, 2016

$14,200


Together we raised $14,200 for the Sault Ste. Marie Soup Kitchen Community Centre  through individual and team donations


 The Soup Kitchen is a registered charity (#133119131RR0001) focused on meeting the needs of those who live in poverty. 


The Soup Kitchen provides a safe place to eat, socialize, get information and attend programs; provides a nurturing Children’s Program offering education, recreation and social activities; and advocates on social justice issues.  

 

The Soup Kitchen serves between 1,600 and 2,100 meals per month, serving 70 – 100 individuals daily. The Soup Kitchen served 2,236 meals in April 2016, up 60% from 1,411 in October 2015. 


The Soup Kitchen also provides food for church meal programs and about 20 service agencies which then distribute this food to their clients. 

Algoma Autism Foundation, 

May 27, 2016

$11,600


At our inaugural meeting, 100+ Women Who Care Sault Ste. Marie raised $11,600 for the Algoma Autism Foundation.


The Algoma Autism Foundation (AAF) is an incorporated not-for-profit (registration #869475-3), launched in 2013 to address the needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. 


The Foundation is 100% volunteer and 100% local. All monies raised stay in the community.


The AAF has used donations from 100+ Women Who Care SSM to purchase RF beacon bracelets for children who wander/are a flight risk.  


The AAF organizes Sensitive Santa in partnership with the Station Mall, and Trunk or Treat in partnership with multiple community partners, so children with ASD and their parents can participate in simple but important childhood milestones which might otherwise be impossible to manage. 


Since 2013, the AAF has donated $16,000 in equipment to local schools, including special needs trampolines and swings, and iPAD minis for local students who are non-verbal. The AAF also organizes and supports recreational activities such as a gymnastics programme.


In February 2016, the AAF donated $5,000 towards construction of the Bellevue Park Interactive Outdoor Sensory Play Area, which opened in July 2016.