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FSS Response to Black Lives Matter – George Floyd

Family Service Saskatoon unites its voice with the rest of the world and takes a stand against racism, discrimination, oppression, and intolerance in all forms.

We stand against injustice against people of colour and particularly persons of Black African descent in response to the murder of Gorge Floyd, and in all other ways by which hopes and dreams are killed and dashed through overt and covert, systemic and institutional structures.

As an organization that is established on the principles and core values that support individuals, families and the communities in nurturing safe, healthy and respectful relationships we identify with those who are most impacted by the recent incident, especially individuals from the Saskatoon Black Communities.

We are open to learning from you, journeying with you, and within our organizational capacity work with you to come up with strategies on how best to nip in the bud any current and emerging issues surrounding racism, discrimination, oppression, and intolerance in Saskatoon and area.

We recognize the contributions of persons from visible minority groups to organization and community building in Saskatoon and beyond, and we reaffirm our commitment to:

1. service accessibility to all people on an equitable basis without regard to race, religious belief, sexual orientation, age or financial status;

2. individuals, families, communities, and our focus is to promote their health and growth through innovative, diverse and high quality services;

3. client entitlement and empowerment using a holistic, collaborative and gender sensitive approach in the provision of services, and;

4. a working environment that is collegial, and family friendly.

 

Janine Baumann

For and on behalf of Family Service Saskatoon

COPING WITH COVID-19

Family Service Saskatoon is committed to the health and well-being of our community during these challenging and unpredictable times. We continue to provide emotional support, coping strategies and resources through telephone counselling.

Please find below useful links and resources about coping strategies in response to COVID-19:

 

Phone Counselling In Response To COVID-19

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to evolve across Canada and the world. Family Service Saskatoon has taken the following proactive steps:

PLEASE NOTE:

All groups have been postponed effective March 16, 2020: Invisible Scars, Intimate Partner Violence Drop-In (Tuesdays and Thursdays), Nobody’s Perfect Parenting, When Anger Gets in the Way of Parenting, Butterflies and Tigers, Men’s Group. We will notify everyone when these groups are to start again.

Our office will close to the public on Friday, March 20, 2020.  Our Intimate Partner Violence Outreach Team and our Counsellors are available for phone counselling.  Please contact us directly at 306-244-0127. Our Domestic Violence Court Caseworkers are available for their clients by phone.

Family Service Saskatoon is committed to the well-being of our clients and we are shifting our services to continue to meet our clients needs.

For any of you who would like more information about COVID-19, frequently asked questions, or how to minimize the transmission of the disease, please refer to the following websites:

Public Health Agency of Canada https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health.html

World Health Organization https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Saskatchewan Government: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus

Walk-In (Call-In) Counselling – COVID 19

Family Service Saskatoon is committed to the health and well-being of our clients, employees, partners, and communities. As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation evolves across Canada and the world, we are closely monitoring the situation.

All Walk In Counselling clinics are now being provided via telephone counselling.

We continue to provide emotional support, coping strategies and resources through telephone counselling.

Call (306) 244 – 0127 between 9 am and 4 pm and ask for Call In Counselling.

Preventing Youth Violence Project

Wonderful news today! We’ll have a lot more to announce as we develop this project but are so thrilled to be able to offer such crucial programming in our community.

“Programming designed to help prevent violence is key to sustainable change.  Family Service Saskatoon is delighted to have the opportunity to expand the work we do with youth in our community.  Providing young people with information, tools, and strategies on topics such as healthy relationships is an important step in working towards a violence free society.  We appreciate the funding from the Government of Canada to allow us to provide these services and we look forward to working with our community on this initiative.” – Janine Baumann, Executive Director, Family Service Saskatoon.

Countdown to Giving Tuesday!

The 6th Annual Global Giving Tuesday will take place on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019. Giving Tuesday was created as a response to Black Friday & Cyber Monday holiday shopping events, to encourage people to embody generosity and the holiday spirit in a new way. We’re proud to celebrate Giving Tuesday, and hope that you’ll consider us in your giving. We are a registered charity and registered non-profit organization, and donations help us deliver counselling services, intimate partner violence outreach and court caseworker services, childcare, walk-in counselling, and all the rest of our programming!

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Generosity

Thank you Saskatoon for the generosity you have shown to Family Service Saskatoon!  We are pleased to recognize the following organizations that made donations or gave grants to provide much needed services and programs to our community:

Centennial Plumbing and Heating

Community Initiatives Fund

Dakota Dunes Community Development Corporation

ICR Charity Classic

Saskatoon Community Foundation

ScotiaMcLeod Charitable Foundation

Walk In Counselling

Have a problem you need to work through?  Need to talk to someone?  Family Service Saskatoon is offering Walk In Counselling sessions.  There is no cost for these solution focused session(s) – THAT’S RIGHT – IT’S FREE.  The sessions are offered on a first-come, first-served basis during the clinic times.  Clinics are offered at the following locations:

Family Service Saskatoon – Tuesday AND Thursday afternoons – 1:00 to 5:00 pm

Mayfair Drugs – Wednesday afternoons – 1:00 to 5:00 pm

OUT Saskatoon – Thursday evenings – 5:00 to 9:00 pm

Saskatoon Public Library – Carlyle King Branch the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month 1:00 to 5:00 pm

Saskatoon Public Library – Frances Morrison Downtown Branch the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month 1:00 to 5:00 pm.

MARTENSVILLE – Martensville Collective Health and Wellness – Thursdays 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

WARMAN – Legends Medical Clinic – Tuesdays 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Call 306-244-0127 for more information

Funding provided by Family Service Saskatchewan and Saskatoon Community Foundation – YES Grant.  THANK YOU!!!!

Trucktastic!

Trucktastic! 2019 was held Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Prairieland Park from 10 am to 4 pm.  Thank you to our sponsors, participants, and volunteers for a fun-filled day!!  Those in attendance were able to explore, inside and out, mega-construction equipment, ambulances, fire engines, monster trucks, and other specialized vehicles.  All proceeds go to Family Service Saskatoon to support programs and services to foster healthy relationships.

Board Member Recruitment

Interested in an Opportunity to be a Board Member?

Family Service Saskatoon is an accredited, non-profit corporation. Its team provides access to affordable counselling and programs so that:
• families have the ability to solve problems without violence;
• families experiencing separation and divorce can transition through that change in a healthier way;
• people in parenting roles have the skills they need to foster healthy relationships;
• youth-at-risk make healthy life choices; and
• the community has access to culturally sensitive services

Go to our programs page for more information:  https://familyservice.sk.ca/programs/

The board seeks to achieve diversity of our Directors and welcomes information about the minority or diverse perspective that candidates may bring.  Backgrounds in financial, governance, social work, psychology as well as those who can share perspectives from the educational, emergency services/police, and corporate fields will also be considered.  In our commitment to truth and reconciliation we are particularly seeking candidates to provide Indigenous peoples perspective.

Board members are expected to attend monthly board meetings from September through to May, participate in one committee and to attend the Annual General Meeting in June. A board member can expect to spend 3 – 5 hours per month during the months of September through June on board or committee activities.

Nominations to the board of directors are presented by a slate of nominees at the Annual General Meeting in June of each year. If you are interested in serving on the board of Family Service Saskatoon, please submit your resume along with a brief cover letter explaining your interest in Family Service Saskatoon and detailing what perspective or strengths you would bring to the board of directors, to the attention of:

Nominations Committee, Board of Directors:
Family Service Saskatoon
102-506 25 St E, Saskatoon, SK S7K 4A7
or info@familyservice.sk.ca

Trolls Dance Party

Family Service Saskatoon – Trolls Dance Party!

The party was a HUGE success and was sold out!!!

Thank you to all those that bought tickets and came out to dance the day away!

A huge thank you to our sponsors and to our volunteers.

We truly appreciate the support of our community!!

 

Intimate Partner Violence Drop-in Group for Women Schedule

Intimate Partner Violence Drop-In Group is for women who have or are experiencing domestic violence or violence in their intimate relationships. The group runs weekly on Tuesdays, 6:00pm-7:30pm and Thursdays, 1:15pm-2:45pm. No registration required. Childcare provided.

Click Spring 2019 to see the drop-in topic schedule for April to June 2019.

Spring 2019