(our society handles this part well)
(this is where the system breaks down)
Because of this community model and our priority on ‘working your recovery’ with active participation in our great resource ‘Alano Club,’ used by many throughout the city, and the supportive housing model of ‘Broadview Homes’ the relapse rate of addicts from this program has been reduced to 30% from the national average of 90%.
Cultivating the creative passions of a person can be one of the most powerful turning points in the process of recovery. Our exercises in art and music and drama are life changing for the individual.
Engaging with the local community is key in development.: both for the individuals and the community itself. Our relationships with 'service clubs', 'faith groups’ and businesses has been instrumental in our success.
Many Courses are offered at 6 St. Joseph’s that are centred around physical, mental and spiritual health and wellness. Meditation, Yoga, Nutrition and Well Being classes are held on a weekly basis by volunteers.
Through our existing ‘Yellow Door Learning Centre’ where life skills workshops are held by volunteers on a weekly basis - we seek to expand the ‘menu’ of options for learning.
Our community lunches, "open-mic nites", and opportunities to cultivate friendships is an essential component to a healthy life.
We look to expand our ‘Social Enterprise’ network of resources and infrastructure to allow interested participants to develop their skills and talents to become self sustainable.
Our ‘peer support’ model of supportive housing offers a dignified, compassionate safe living environment that is self-sustaining. This component is vital in recovery for many people.
With our established relationships with organizations such as Margaret Frazer House and other mental health and alternative health organizations within our city we are able to connect our clients with the further help they seek. - We hope to expand this network.
With the help of further funding we can begin to document the compelling results we have been witnessing in each of these categories that contribute to the heath and well being of individual. This ‘real world’ research will be invaluable to the continued understanding of mental illness.