Reflecting and Planning ahead
Looking back at 2020
- The Better At Home Program begins to offer supports to our seniors to remain independent in their homes.
- The Poverty Law Advocacy Program gets rolling with many people looking for help with applications, landlord-tenancy issues, appeals and support.
- Our main office building gets an accessibility renovation featuring an automated front door and a fully accessible restroom!
- Our main office building gets an energy retrofit of LED lighting.
- We build a beautiful Ceremonial Space to support Indigenous traditional gatherings and a sense of inclusivity and belonging by helping to bring Indigenous culture to the forefront.
- FAIR’s Family Center is created! CCRR’s playgroup space in the United Church gets renovated into an amazing Family Center where many services can be offered in a safe and healthy manner.
- We distributed care packages throughout the community with the financial backing of Columbia Basin Trust and the many business donors offering goods free or at a reduced cost. This is in the early days of the COVID pandemic and people are thrilled to receive these supports and a distanced visit.
- Increased partnerships and deeper connections to our community partners as we develop ways to make community services more accessible, collaborative and meaningful.
- Generous support and donations are received from local businesses and funders such as Columbia Basin Trust, Women’s Shelters of Canada, Teck Trail Operations and more to assist in delivering services and supports to our community members and to contribute to the creation of safe, healthy spaces for all.
- A ‘Pay It Forward’ style movement by our community members reaches an amazing level. Individuals come forward, often anonymously, with donations of cash, gift cards, family sponsorships and more. Taken together, we can leverage bulk buying opportunities for resource items that can be offered to those who need it most all year. We are overwhelmed at our community’s instinctive action to share and support each other!
- Our staff continue to come to work and to be available in whatever ways they can, excelling at providing creative and flexible developments in programming and sharing new ways to teach, participate, learn, interact and connect.
There were many challenges in 2020 – we made sure we were available through it all to help, support and listen to our communities.
Looking ahead to 2021
We are looking forward to:
- Hosting ceremonies in our beautiful Ceremonial Space! A drum awakening ceremony for the drums made by staff with the Circle of Indigenous Nations Society (COINS) may be our first one in the spring.
- More opportunities for safe and healthy community connections: therapeutic support and educational groups for new parents, mental health and substance use family support and more following all health and safety recommendations.
- Creating care packages that support our local businesses for distribution to members of our community during the long, cold winter stretch commonly known as the January Blues, thanks to generous gifts from Teck Trail Operations and Columbia Basin Trust.
- Continuing renovations to our buildings and properties to make them more accessible, safe, and comfortable for staff and guests.
- A feasibility study to look at the options and develop a plan for a Neighbourhood House with open services and supports for families in the greater Trail area.
- Keeping up with enhanced cleaning and safety measures for the health of us all and advancing our ability to provide supports and services following these health and safety measures. We will continue to improve by observation, experience, collaboration with funders and community partners and especially by hearing and taking in the thoughts, ideas and feedback of you, the community we serve.
We expect there will be more challenges in 2021, there are always challenges. As FAIR moves into its 42nd year offering community services in Trail and the Kootenay Boundary region, we are looking forward to exploring new opportunities and adventures with you all.