2021 Charity of Choice

February 22, 2021

For over six years, Bower Place has supported various community charities through programming such as the annual pancake breakfast, shopping events, and gift-wrapping services.

With our focus on supporting families within Central Alberta and considering the challenges our community has faced during the pandemic, we are excited to announce a new partnership with our 2021 charity of choice: The Outreach Centre. Suicide Information & Education Services and Women’s Outreach joined forces on April 1, 2020, to become The Outreach Centre. The Outreach Centre aims to “[Support] individuals and families in their pursuit of healthy relationships, mental health well-being, housing stability, and self-sufficiency” with their various events, services and programs, free online courses (including those centred around suicide awareness, mental wellness, and self-care). Topics that are relevant to many of us during this stressful time.

Their 4 Pillars of Service include:

  • Healthy Relationships (domestic violence)
  • Mental & Emotional Wellbeing (suicide prevention, intervention, and post-vention)
  • Self Sufficiency (those affected by poverty)
  • Housing Stability (homelessness and at risk of homelessness)

The Outreach Centre understands the many factors that have contributed to the increase of homelessness over the years including poverty, addiction, and domestic violence, and assists those battling homelessness to find and maintain housing. They also recognize how this dilemma can inhibit the development of children. Their Housing First approach provides a foundation (housing stability) first for life improvement, then offers optional supportive services to supplement the person’s experience.

Suicide is a tragic event, and The Outreach Centre recognizes that it is preventable, yet still has a stigma that can silence those struggling. They offer education programs on suicide awareness and prevention, as well as information about warning signs, and contact information for resources. If you want to learn more, head to their website.

Though 2021 still feels full of uncertainty and challenges, we understand the importance of The Outreach Centre’s work, are confident we can help make a difference through this partnership and aim to help them continue to provide “Hope for all”. If you want to learn more about the valuable services they provide, to donate, or to apply to volunteer, please check out their website.

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