The Residential Department endeavours to be a place of healing and growth for program participants. It provides Residential and Community supports for individuals who have been referred to FASD Life's Journey. Residential supports include 24 hour shift staff homes, family-like foster placements, and a supported independent apartment living location. Community Supports include encouraging engagement in various cultural and recreational activities that Life's Journey offers (including day and evening activity programs), transporting individuals to appointments (medical, systems, justice, etc.), and with other needs (such as banking, shopping, etc.), and assisting individuals with developing independent living skills.
The Outreach Department provides outreach and housing supports to individuals who are residing within the community or within an outreach housing model. Individuals deemed eligible for Outreach services must be eligible for funding from either Provincial Special Needs, Community Living disability Services or Community Mental Health and they must be interested in receiving support (voluntary program). The Outreach departmentis housed out of the head office at 720 Broadway; support is provided 7 days/week including evening and weekend hours. Participant-centred support is provided 1-1 within the community, with a large emphasis on 'relationship'. Basic needs are a primary area of focus, along with the participant's personal goals & the development of independent living skills. Other support considerations include: clinical, cultural, addictions, programming, safety planning, and wellness & quality of life. Group programming is available with a strong recreation, skill & self-esteem building, and peer support focus. Arts & crafts, scrap booking, cooking/baking, bowling, BINGO, and swimming are examples of common group activities.
Spectrum Connections Program
The Spectrum Connections Program provides individualized services to transitional youth and adults who are impacted by FASD and are ineligible for other government support programs. This program supports youth and adults living with FASD to function interdependently within the community while increasing their functionality and quality of life with the aid of environmental adaptations. Individuals deemed Eligible for the Spectrum Connections Program must:
• Want the service (voluntary program)
• Have a formal diagnosis within the fetal alcohol spectrum OR confirmed alcohol exposure in-utero
• Benefit from a maximum of 3 to 4 hours of support per week
• Be a minimum of 15 years of age
• Be ineligible for Community Living disability Services, Provincial Special Needs, and/or Community Mental Health
Rural Connections Program
The Rural Connections Program provides individualized services to transitional youth and adults who are impacted by FASD and are ineligible for other government support programs. This program supports youth and adults living with FASD to function interdependently within the community while increasing their functionality and quality of life with the aid of environmental adaptations. Individuals deemed Eligible for the Rural Connections Program must:
Want the service (voluntary program)
Have a formal diagnosis within the fetal alcohol spectrum OR confirmed
alcohol exposure in-utero
Benefit from a maximum of 3 to 4 hours of support per week
Be a minimum of 17 years of age
Be ineligible for Community Living disability Services, Provincial Special
Needs, and/or Community Mental Health
Must live in Steinbach or Brandon (or within an hour of each city centre)
Indigenous Spiritual Care/Cultural Services Programming
Cultural programming is an integral part of the service offered at Life's Journey. Over the past several years, Cultural services have been prioritized for both programming and intervention strategies, and from the agency's perspective, its importance is most significant when considering the dynamic service delivery blend that occurs at Life's Journey.
Approximately 80% of our participants are of Aboriginal descent, and are interested in healing through cultural healing, combined with westernized healing methods. Having a team of Indigenous Spiritual Care providers our agency provides a wrap around service continuum to address a holistic method of care for our participants. Our cultural program has worked collaboratively in conjunction with our addictions coordinator and other mental health professionals within our agency to address the ongoing need for Aboriginal cultural sensitivity.
The cultural events and programming are led by the Indigenous Spiritual Care team, Elder and cultural worker; they are supported by staff and participants. The presence of our valued Indigenous Spiritual Care team has contributed to the growth and awareness of staff and participants around customs, celebrations and self identity of the participants.
Life's Journey's Indigenous Spiritual Care team has offered the following: Aboriginal teachings for staff and participants, sweats for the participants and staff, weekly healing groups, seasonal celebrations, as well as other events that occur throughout the year, such as medicine picking, the Sundance ceremony, full moon ceremony and other ceremonies.
The Indigenous Spiritual Care team is available to meet with the clinical team to provide input into care plans, and have one-to-one sessions with participants to foster a sense of identity and reinforce the practice of Aboriginal ways in healing. The weekly healing groups provide opportunity to learn about the Aboriginal teachings, and how they relate to our daily lives within a peer support model. The participants support each other, learn, and cleanse as a part of the circles ritual.
The indigenous Spiritual Care team facilitates three weekly drum groups; two groups are for women while the other group is co-ed. The program participants and their mentors meet weekly to honor and learn about the drum, sacred songs and the circle of life teachings. Each drum circle begins with a smudge ceremony and prayer and the participants learn about their culture through singing the sacred prayer songs. The cultural team also facilitates house blessings, mediations, trainings for staff, and also offers opportunities for the participants and their staff to meet for one-on-one sessions, to sing, drum, and smudge in an effort to express themselves, share their stories and continue the journey to healing.
Life's Journey is working towards providing a full range services described in the Outreach and Residential descriptions to the cities of Brandon and Steinbach and surrounding communities.
The services in Brandon includes shift-staffed placements, specialized foster placements, and the Rural Connections Program. The Brandon office works
closely with the Winnipeg offices as we continue to develop, implement, and coordinate staff training, participant programming, and services. Services in Steinbach are Rural Connections and Outreach services and the offer of Residential and Foster programming. The Steinbach office also works closely with the Winnipeg operations.
Wellness & Quality of Life Programming
One of the agency's goals is to provide meaningful programming and opportunities that contribute to one's quality of life and overall wellness. Life's Journey provides lifelong supports, and well-being is a lifelong process of enhancing physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, and environmental well-being.
• Physical well-being may include physical activities, movement and fitness; nutrition and healthy eating
• Intellectual well-being may include intellectually stimulating activities, expanding knowledge & skills, trying new things that
challenge your mind
• Emotional well-being may include self-care, relaxation, stress reduction
• Social well-being may include positive & meaningful relationships, interactions with others
• Spiritual well-being may include religion, culture, values, ethics, morals & beliefs
• Environmental includes the environment in which we live
In planning programming, we strive to provide opportunities that will address various areas of well-being, as well as opportunities that may be new, interesting, and challenging for an individual. Programming opportunities vary by program & may include but is not limited to:
• Cooking & Baking groups • Arts & Crafts • Music & Karaoke
• Gym, fitness, yoga • Sports & Recreation • Swimming • Bowling
• BINGO • Academic, literacy, information sessions
• Cultural activities (drum groups, sweats, healing groups)
• Other community activities & outings
Wellness is important as it directly impacts one's actions and emotions and it can contribute to success in other areas of one's life. Wellness programming can provide a meaningful, productive role, opportunity to try new things & develop skills, teaches lifelong skills, build relationships and experience peer mentorship and role modeling, helps develop & maintain lifelong leisure interests, helps identify strengths & vulnerabilities, and can ultimately contribute to greater self-esteem and self-worth, and an overall enhanced quality of life.
Eligibility for Services
With the exception of Spectrum Connections and Rural Connections eligibility for our programming is through individualized funding from Community Living Disability Services, Community Mental Health Program and Provincial Alternative Support Services (formerly Provincial Special Needs Program). For referral to the Spectrum Connections and Rural Connection Programs or information for the above named government programs please contact Chris Culleton-Koebel at 204 772 1591.
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