SAIF is a registered non-profit agency that has been working in the community since 1989. There mission is to support those affected by family violence through confidential counselling services; to advocate on behalf individuals in abusive relationships; and to educate children, youth, and parents in the prevention of violence.
The St. Albert SAIF Society shall educate, support and advocate in the prevention of abuse within the family. Vision Statement
There shall be no abuse in Society. We Believe
• Each individual has dignity, is unique and deserves respect.
• Each individual shall live without fear of physical, sexual, emotional, verbal financial or spiritual abuse.
• Violence is never an appropriate method of problem solving. Never Underestimate the Power of Caring!
Together with the City of St. Albert and other local agencies that are funded in part by Family and Community Support Services grants, we:
meet needs in our community
help people to help themselves
deliver preventive social services
enrich and strengthen family life and community life, and
demonstrate the power of caring. Background
In 1979, the Royal LePage Charitable Foundation was established with an endowment of $1.4 million. Since that time, the company has donated over $2.3 million to many different charities working in communities across Canada. This contribution has been supplemented by many individual acts of kindness by Royal LePage offices and sales representatives in their local communities.
In 1998, Royal LePage recognized the potential for making an even more significant impact by focusing all of its national and local efforts on a single cause. This approach would enable the development of long-lasting relationships and build a common base of experience and knowledge that could be shared to the advantage of the charitable partners as well as the Royal LePage offices in their work in the community. Royal LePage Shelter Foundation
The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation emerged from a national survey sent out to all offices. The Royal LePage sales force indicated that the cause of shelters most closely reflected their choice of where Royal LePage should concentrate its charitable efforts.
Given the variety of types of shelters, the Foundation decided to support designated shelters based on a three-year cycle. The national survey also indicated that a number of offices had developed partnerships with their local shelter for women and children fleeing violence and abuse. The first three-year focus starting in 1999, therefore centres on shelters for women and children fleeing violence and abuse. In each community where Royal LePage operates, the local office has been partnered with the local women’s shelter. Existing partnerships with women’s shelters continue to thrive, and new relationships have been developed thanks to our partnership with the Canadian Women’s Foundation.
The Canadian Women’s Foundation is Canada’s only national public foundation dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls through economic and social change. Since 1991, the Foundation has raised funds and made grants to charitable projects that help achieve self-reliance through economic independence and freedom from violence. Shelter information
Shelters for assaulted women are also often called transition houses. They offer short-term accommodation for women and their children who need to leave their homes because of actual or threatened abuse. Often a woman arrives at a shelter in an emergency situation, having left home because she fears for her own and her children’s safety.
The first shelter for assaulted women was started in Canada 25 years ago. Many others have started operating in the past 10 to 15 years. A number are quite new and they usually have fewer resources and greater difficulty accessing government support.
While most shelters are funded to some extent by government, shelters for assaulted women are not a government service. They are almost all charitable/ non-profit organizations. Commitment of financial and human resources support
In 1998, Royal LePage announced that it would raise $1M towards the cause of shelters for women and children fleeing violence and abuse. The funds are raised at two levels:
Head office activities, a contribution from the endowment, and other national initiatives, including donations through the United Way campaign, support the national grants program;
All local funds raised through special events and a commission-based donation arrangement by sales agents go directly to the local shelter partner.
In addition, Royal LePage employees and sales representatives have developed unique ways of working with their local shelter partners. The help organize events, sell tickets, form moving committees that help a woman and her children move out of the shelter, and record public service announcements speaking out against violence. National Program
In order to make a longer-term impact on the issue of shelters, the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation supports grants for violence prevention and awareness programs. This is done in partnership with The Body Shop Canada and the Canadian Pacific Charitable Foundation using an innovative model for strategic corporate philanthropy developed by the Canadian Women’s Foundation.
Under this model, the corporate partners who all support national violence prevention and awareness, work with the Canadian Women’s Foundation to coordinate their grant-making. Charitable groups apply through one process to access the funding available and the corporate partners can make grants that balance national projects and priorities with available resources. Local Program
Locally, funds are generated by neighborhood initiatives and programs, such as golf tournaments and charity auctions. In addition, commission-based donations are made by sales representatives, and are used directly to support the local shelter. Each Royal LePage office also develops unique ways to support their local shelter. Examples include a Household Donations Program, through which agents accept unwanted furniture and goods from clients who are moving and direct it to shelters in need. Junior Achievement and Youth Financial Literacy
JA is the leading provider of youth financial literacy education. We provide experiences that promote the skills, understanding and perspectives students will need to succeed in a global economy and become productive, contributing members of society. JA is a partner of choice for businesses, educators and policy-makers around the globe seeking to expand workforce and economic development.
For over 55 years JA Canada™ has provided educational business programs and conferences to youth with an emphasis of three educational pillars of success:
1) Financial Literacy
3) Work Readiness
JA Canada offers a suite of nine national programs delivered to over 240,000 students annually by 14,000 qualified business volunteers in Elementary, Middle and Secondary school classrooms. Together with educators and the business community, JA programs give youth the confidence, belief and direction they need to succeed as leaders and citizens in a global community.
Terra – Centre for pregnant & parenting teens provide programs and services to approximately 600 clients and their children in the Edmonton area each year. Terra originated 38 years ago, in 1971. We focus on encouraging pregnant and parenting teens to gain confidence, develop the skills required for success and to raise healthy, happy children. Terra has a staff of more than 60 on three sites. We offer 12 programs which include individual counseling, home visitation, parenting support, group activities, services for dads, clothing exchange, child development activities, a childcare centre at Braemar School, prenatal classes and housing support. Our housing services include a 14 suite apartment building and an emergency apartment to respond to short term crisis needs. Terra has a partnership with Edmonton Public Schools to support teen moms in completing their high school education. Through Terra, young parents return to school, make career plans, have healthier relationships and connect with community supports.
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