Special Olympics Sault Ste. Marie
Special Olympics SSM was founded 45 years ago. Sault
Ste. Marie has over 100 Special Olympic athletes, aged 11 to 65+ years, and about 40 volunteers, including coaches.
The Special Olympics movement was founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, inspired by Dr. Frank Hayden, a Canadian researcher, at the University of Toronto, in the 1960s.
Dr. Hayden studied the effects of regular exercise on the fitness levels of children with an intellectual disability, and shattered the prevailing mindset that disability prevented children from fully participating in play and recreation. Dr. Hayden proved that it was simply a lack of opportunity to participate.
Our local athletes participate in bowling, curling, snowshoeing, cross country (nordic) skiing, track and field, swimming, baseball and floor hockey. A new programme for 2-7 year old athletes will start this fall, and there are ambitions for figure skating and ice skating, if coaches and funds are found.
The Special Olympics SSM volunteers raise funds to cover transportation, uniforms, equipment, overnight trip accommodations, etc. and hosts an Annual Awards Banquet for our athletes.
Spinal Cord Injury Sault Ste. Marie
Spinal Cord Injury's essential goals have been intact since 1945, when our founders, having sustained spinal cord injury, returned to Ontario from the Second World War and rejected institutionalization as their lot in life. That spirit of moving boldly forward, of living the life you choose in spite of overwhelming challenges, characterizes our charity today, thanks to our active, caring community.
People with spinal cord injury living the life they choose in a fully inclusive Ontario.
We deliver and champion excellence in service, support and advocacy for people with spinal cord injury.
Sault Search and Rescue
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.
No Limits Adaptive Ski Association
and SkiAbility Algoma
October 24, 2017
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
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.
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
October 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