Along with food, shelter, emergency clothing and necessities, the Centre provides:
The goal of the After Care & Support Program is to support women and their children as they develop independence and a healthy lifestyle, free from family violence. The areas of service offered include safety planning, developing a plan for housing and income, working on life skills, parenting and childcare, addressing emotional support needs, self-care, and physical needs, providing education on family violence, and assistance with building a support system.
Complete a safety plan that you can use if you feel you or your children may be at risk.
Learn what precautions you and your children can take when at home, out in the community, and on the Internet.
If you are in a temporary living situation, learn what your options are for housing, and how to go about securing a place to live
If you have no source of income, learn what your options are for developing one, including the possibility of financial assistance, employment, or child support.
Develop a budget designed to work for you, to help you feel in control of your finances.
Identify areas you would like help in, such as setting up a household routine and menu planning.
Receive support and assistance to choose a method of childcare for your family when you are at school or work. Get help with parenting tips and support. Learn how family violence affects your children.
Receive emotional support, help with goal setting, work on your self-esteem, learn about boundaries, and referrals.
Receive one-to-one sessions on what abuse is, how it affects your life, and what you can do about it. Learn to identify healthy and unhealthy relationships, and what the cycle of violence is.
Identify the supports you have now, and work toward building social and community supports that provide for your specific needs. Receive advocacy from the Follow-up worker when needed and appropriate.
Welcome to the Child Support Program. I want to let you know that while you are staying at the shelter, I am here for you and your children. My role is to support you and your children as you take the steps to heal from the issues that brought you here.
I am available for you to talk to when you have concerns about your children, or you want to discuss parenting ideas. I will work with you, your children, and all of you as a group to help you reach your parenting goals.
I am here to help your children feel safe, help them feel like they belong and be a special friend to them. I will spend time with them doing activities, talking, playing and teaching.
One of the first things I do is work on building trust with each child. I pay attention to the child’s willingness to participate or talk with me.
Often, this happens during play. I approach the children at their level of maturity, not will the mindset of how they should be behaving at their age. One of the areas I work on is feelings. I have several approaches:
Throughout each day, I also work with the children on social skills and life skills, such as sharing, playing fairly, following rules, listening to their mother, cleaning up and self care.
It is important also that children have lots of time to play freely. The playroom is full of activities:
Moms may also take their children out into the backyard to play on the equipment, or in the sandbox.
As the child support worker, I am also here for you. If you have any concerns about your children’s behavior, or you would like to discuss discipline ideas, just let me know. I am here to discuss any of your parenting concerns, and to help you feel more confident in your role as mother. I can provide handouts and instructional information for you on a variety of child or parenting issues. I will also keep you updated on anything I observe with your children, and make suggestions to you if I see a need to.
CHILDCARE is available for when you must attend agency appointments or just need some time alone.
There are little eyes upon you
and they're watching night and day.
There are little ears that quickly
take in every word you say.
There are little hands all eager
to do anything you do;
And a little girl who's dreaming
of the day she'll be like you.
You're the little lady's idol,
you're the wisest of the wise.
In her little mind about you
no suspicions ever rise.
She believes in you devoutly,
holds all that you say and do;
She will say and do, in your way,
when she's grown up like you.