First, I want to say Hats Off to our Wellness Committee for making our workplace a fun place to be. Coming to work and having fun things to look forward to keeps us all engaged and satisfied with our work.
With winter weather on the way, we are ramping up the overflow program and expect to house 40 individuals at a local hotel in the coming months. CSC manages the only overflow space in Waterloo Region.
Our Social Enterprise, In Our Backyard, was an immediate success. When we began planning this program in the spring of 2022, we did not imagine it would be so successful, so quickly. Local corporations like Toyota and Gore Mutual Insurance together with local Canadian Tire stores jumped on board with donations of funds and equipment. The Social Enterprise team worked all summer and into the fall, exceeding expectations in both the amount and quality of work. Feedback from satisfied customers confirmed we were on the right path.
We also added a Scattered Site Supportive Housing program in the spring. With a dedicated staff person, this program assists recently housed individuals in adjusting to their new living conditions, enabling them to remain housed and healthy. As of December 1st, 2023, we have helped 89 individuals find appropriate, affordable, and safe housing.
The space at the former Kinsmen Centre in Cambridge has been granted an extension, allowing our staff to continue their great work for those at a higher level of medical risk. The Region agrees that this space and service is needed, committing to an extension to the spring of 2025.
The Region continues to show its trust in Cambridge Shelter Corporation by introducing new programs and opportunities. This is a true testament to the dedicated staff at CSC and the commitment of our volunteer board to support individuals experiencing homelessness, not just in Cambridge but across Waterloo Region. We are proud to have earned the trust and investment of our Regional government, our sponsors, and our donors.
We wish you all much health and happiness in 2024.
We should look for solutions to the problem of homelessness, rather than “houselessness” because a home is much more than just a place to sleep. Donations to our Home for the Holidays campaign support our Housing Team to find safe, permanent, and appropriate housing.
With the launch of its Social Media program to assist graduates of the shelter system move forward in their journey to independence, CSC continues to deliver innovative supports for individuals experiencing homelessness. You can read more about IN OUR BACKYARD and its mission via the link below.
Callahan Connor brings music to those most vulnerable at The Bridges in Cambridge. Running the Music Therapy program since July, Connor says that the program has grown in numbers and in participation.