Women in Crisis (Algoma)
July 25, 2017
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:
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.
April 25, 2017
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.
Breaking Away, Jan. 24, 2017
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
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
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.
Alone we can do so little. Together, we can do so much.
- Helen Keller