Items filtered by date: June 2019
On behalf of the Board of Directors of The Canadian Mental Health Association, Alberta Northwest Region would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Grande Prairie Auto Group for their continued support to our organization.
They recently gifted the Grande Prairie CMHA a donation of $6368.20! CMHA Staff Randy, Sherrilee, Penny and Lisa were in attendance to accept their donation.
Again, thank you for supporting your local, independent Canadian Mental Health Association. Together we make a difference.
The Grande Prairie Canadian Mental Health Association is excited to announce that we have been presented with a generous gift to our organization by the North Peace Bracket Association.
Here you can see The North Peace Bracket Association presenting their donation to GPCMHA Staff Penny, Randy, Sherrilee and Lisa.
We thank the NPBRA for their contribution and suggest you visit their organizations website here, and maybe go check out one of their exciting races in the future!
CMHA ANWR began buzzing with excitement on January 1st, and the buzzing hasn’t stopped. “Why,” you ask? Because we’ve received full funding and will be responsible for overseeing permanent supportive housing at the Parkside Inn! This program is a part of both the Grande Prairie Five Year Plan to End Homelessness, and the provincial plan to end homelessness, and will play a critical role in ending the 56 identified cases of chronic homelessness in our city. It goes without saying that we feel immense pride at the prospect of being a part of such a plan.
What is Permanent Supportive Housing?
From the City of Grande Prairie Website: “Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) is a form of collective housing designed for complex needs individuals experiencing homelessness that offers full-time, on-site support services for tenants. It helps end the experience of chronic homelessness for people who face barriers to housing due to mental/physical health problems or addictions. These services can include case management, substance abuse or mental health counseling, advocacy, and assistance in locating and maintaining employment.”
Why Do We Need PSH?
PHS is proven to be an important part of ending the problem of chronic homelessness. It is used in many cities across our nation. In fact, Grande Prairie is the only city out of the 7 dealing with housing and homelessness that does not have a facility! Permanent supportive housing is shown to significantly improve the lives of people living with chronic homelessness both mentally and physically. People who live in PSH facilities experience fewer medical emergencies and therefore don’t rely heavily on emergency medical services. We also see a decrease in confrontations with police, and an increase social activity and participation.
A Brighter Future for Grande Prairie
The CMHA is dedicated to creating a bright future! We believe that it is possible to create better lives for every person that is a part of our community and that programs like PSH are the way to do it. Just imagine: a bustling city where everyone has a chance to do succeed and live their best life. Doesn’t that sound incredible? We think so, too.
Check the City of Grande Prairies website for more details: http://www.cityofgp.com/index.aspx?page=3266
Offering so many programs to the community puts a heavy work load on us, and so we often must look to members of our community for help. ATCO is well known for their dedications to the community through various volunteer contributions and sponsorships. We feel especially lucky to have been chosen by them as an outlet for this wonderful generosity! Today, in the name of ATCO, we’d like to talk a little bit about the benefits of volunteer work. When it comes to helping people, volunteer work is one of the best routes to take! Signing up is as easy as making a phone call, and the benefits are numerous!
Working as a volunteer through organizations like the CMHA gives you loads of opportunity to learn new skills and time to practice skills that you’ve already learned. The social skills learned as well as the new information that you learn during each volunteer shift can be used in other areas of life and can even be applied to your resume when applying for a new job!
Among the many perks of volunteer work are health benefits. Volunteering requires a certain amount of physical activity, which as we know is beneficial to one’s overall health. But with volunteering you get a double whammy. Not only does it keep you physically active but giving up your own time in the name of generosity and good will does wonders for the mind! There is a known correlation between positivity and happiness, and there isn’t much you can do that’s more positive than going out and helping those in need! Take it from us—knowing that we can help those around us have a better life gives us a sense of purpose unlike anything else.
It Benefits the Community
This one might sound obvious, but it’s still important enough that we felt the need to include it! Volunteer work helps so many people every day. Without it, the problems that we help people face every day—addiction, depression, anxiety, homelessness, and the countless other problems that stem from mental illness—would continue to worsen. Giving back to the community helps us strengthen our bonds as members of our communities, both locally and globally. It lets people know that there are people out there who care. That hope lives, even though all may feel hopeless.
We’d like to close by once again thanking ATCO Energy for their help. We greatly appreciate all that you’ve done! Its generosity like this that allows us to continue to do what we do best: helping those in need.
On Sunday June 9th, CMHA Grande Prairie is honoured to be the recipient of donations from the upcoming 2019 Show n Shine presented by Grande Prairie Auto Group. The Auto Group will be generously donating all proceeds from the event to the GPCMHA.
Make time to come out and see the drag races, awesome collector cars, and support the CMHA at the same time! See you there!