Trail Family and Individual Resource Centre (Trail F.A.I.R. Society) has been offering free, confidential, professional services for members of the community since 1977. We are a non-profit agency and a fully registered CRA Charity. We are proud to offer 18 different programs from 5 separate service locations.
Here's what's new:
~Did you know that....the Advocacy Centre is in our Columbia Ave location in Trail on alternate Mondays? An advocate is generally in the office on alternate Mondays and can provide information on:
~ Welfare & Poverty Advocacy
~ Landlord/Tenant advocacy
~ Family Law & Child Protection information
Calling ahead to their main office in Nelson for an appointment - 1-877-352-5777 - is highly recommended, as they cannot always accommodate drop-ins. They are also in Castlegar on alternate Thursdays. Click here to see a full schedule for both locations.
~They're Back! Those wonderful folks who VOLUNTEER to help low-income folks with their income tax returns will once again be in the FAIR building on Wednesday mornings in March and April. They are also available at other locations in Trail/Rossland/Fruitvale. Click here for the full schedule and elegibility criteria.
~In celebration of International Women's Day (Sunday, March 8th) , the local Women Creating Change committee is pleased to present two FREE screenings of "Wonder Women - The Untold Story of American Superheroines" - the fun film by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan which traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of the Wonder Woman superheroine and looks at popular representations of powerful women throughout history. Showings include:
*Thursday March 5th - 7pm - at the Beaver Valley Public Library and
*Saturday March 7th - 3:30pm - at the Rossland Public Library.
Click the image on the left for a full-sized poster of the showings. For more info on the film and it's story - check out their website here .
~Also on International Woman's Day (Sunday March 8th), the Trail United Church will be hosting a lunch & a movie event beginning at 12:30pm. Lunch is soup and a bun, and the movie will be the showing of a 45minute DVD portraying Aftrican women preparing to take part in the 2013 "African Grandmothers Tribunal" sponsored by the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Information on the local "Grandmothers to Grandmothers" project will be presented. This event is by donation, and all those who identify as femal are welcome. Click here for a copy of a full-page press release regarding this event.
~Thanks to everyone who everyone who made the Vagina Monologues such a success again this year. Hats off to the Columbia Peonix Players for engaging the community in this important issue and choosing FAIR as the recipient of the Proceeds.
~Many thanks to all our many donors - Three cheers to our local Guillevin International retailer for helping us ensure safe spaces for FAIR employees and visitors.
~Thank you toTrail Shopper's Drug Mart for identifying FAIR as the recipient of this year's "Tree of Life" campaign in October 2014. The funds raised will have a direct, meaningful impact on the lives of local women.
~Thanks to everyone for making McHappy Day 2014 such a success! Extra special appreciation goes out to McDonald's in Trail for choosing FAIR to be their designated charity for this year's community fundraising event.
~Thank you to all the caring individuals, families, companies and groups who continue to donate funds to keep our programs running. We are now able to securely accept financial donations on-line and through the KSCU "Change It!" program, as well as through the United Way and or our Main Office locations. Check out our Donations page for more info. FAIR is a registered charity in full compliance with Canada Revenue Agency's Charities Directorate. Click here to be taken to a CRA page where you can view our current and recent "charities return" information.
~They're Back! Just in time for gift-giving, our popular "Passport to the Kootenays" coupon books are back. These are a fabulous buy - plenty of awesome "2-for1 coupons", a deep discounts & useful freebies! These are also an important fundraiser for our Agency, helping us provide practical necessities for families in the community. Passport books are available at a variety of retailers in the region, as well as the FAIR main office.
~Now in its third year, The Woman's Drop-in at the "Little House" is getting bigger and better. Drop in to the little house beside Star Grocery on Rossland Ave any Tuesday between 1pm and 3pm for: coffee... conversation... clothing swap...and more!
~We've painted! We recently scraped and re-painting the beige panels on the front of our Columbia Ave building and hope to refresh the brown wooden sections soon. A huge thank you goes out to the generous local retailers and contractor who made this project possible. Even our resident roses are pleased with the refreshed surroundings!
~ We are thrilled to announce that our "Enhancing Learning Enviornments Project" has received funding through the Columbia Basin Trust. The communities of Beaver Vallley, Trail, Rossland and Warfield approved a total of $4,167.00 to purchase much-needed educational and furniture items for our Building Beautiful Babies program. Check back soon for photos of these items in use.
~ A huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped out with the purchase and installation of the new flooring in the Trail United Church. Koodos to: Maglio's Building Centre, Trail Area Health and Environment Program, Trail United Church and all the volunteers and workers at the Food Bank who worked with our CCRR and Bright Beginnings programs to help provide a clean, refreshed space for the community to share.
~DID YOU KNOW... that FAIR produces a number of Service Directories for various communities in the West Kootenay/Boundary region?? The information in these directories is FREE to the public. And our Senior's Directories have just been updated! and now include specific versions for 6 different communities! Click the links in the top menu bar to check out these resources.
~Many people have emergency Medical first aid training (CPR) but would you know what to do in a Mental Health emergency? Our MHAPS program is once again offering Mental Health First Aid Training in January 2014. The link to the left will take you to a WORD document about our January event, or you can check out the Mental Health Commission of Canada's website for more info.
~The West Kootenay Boundary Crisis Line is pleased to roll out their new Suicide Prevention Website which can be found at westkootenaysuicideprevention.org/. Check it out for tips, resources and other great information.
~ New Crisis Line Service and number: 1-888-353-CARE (2273) - There is a new network of 5 Crisis Lines - Including FAIR's West Kootenay Boundary Crisis Line - which are now working together to better serve the entire Interior Health Region. Most local callers will still talk with a local crisis line worker, but if the line is already busy, calls will be routed to another crisis line which will have all the training and information necessary to properly serve the caller.
~Many thanks to the West Kootenay Toy Run committee for inviting us to set up an information table at their 2012 event in September:
~ "Reaching Out" workshops are now booking 2013 dates in area schools. Click here for more details.
~ Many thanks to all the sponsors and community volunteers who made our 1-year "Helping Boys Become Health Men" project such a success! Activities included the Feb 17th Movie Night, April 28 Family Fun Day, and on-going connections with the Trail Smokies. Check back later in the fall of 2012 for a wind-up report on this project
~Our Clothesline Project Lunches continue to be a great success. Many, many people from all walks of life came out to grab lunch and view the powerful display of hand-painted T-Shirts created by local women to reflect their experience of violence & their desire for an abuse free community. Many, Many thanks to Ferraro Foods for their gracious assistance.
~FAIR was recently presented the Trail 2011 Family Friendly Employer award by the Success by 6 Committee! Thanks to all our employees to nominated our agency!
We strive to provide the best service possible. You are welcome to view our Global Ends (Mission) statement here.