Together, we can change lives.
Mental health and wellness has an impact on every aspect of life, especially for the clients of Boyle Street Community Services. The alleviation of mental health issues through mental wellness initiatives allows clients more capacity to address other challenges they may be facing.
Group Living Programs
Boyle Street Community Services' Group Living Programs (GLP) provide stability, consistency and predictability to support children and youth from ages 0-24 in the pursuit of relationship building and permanency. Through collaborations with Children’s Services and their social service agency partnerships, GLP works toward the physical well being, relationship development, and preservation of the cultural as well as ethnic diversity of the young people they serve at their four GLP locations. Group Living Programs protect individual rights, teach self-advocacy and ensure that developmental milestones and transition planning into adulthood is done from a multidisciplinary, clinically supported, therapeutic crisis intervention, trauma-informed place of care.
The Face of Resilience Gala this year is just the beginning. As the budding relationship between RE/MAX Elite and Boyle Street Community Services develops, plans to establish an annual fundraising gala evolve, with the anticipation that each one will be even better than the last! We need your support to continue our progression and our belief that we can impact meaningful change in our city.
It's our fundraising goal to raise over $150,000
What Can Your Sponsorship Purchase for Mental Wellness Initiatives?
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) lamps for the winter months
Journals, pencil crayons, and colouring books
Summer BBQs for clients in the program
The honorariums required for Elders to attend Indigenous ceremonies
Snacks for the bi-monthly meetings supporting Indigenous women in their recovery
A “self-care/nail salon day” for participants
Plants and greenery to brighten program space
A 6-month recreation bowling program for clients
Bus tickets to support people in accessing free counselling services in the inner city
Emergency care kits (hygiene supplies, clean socks and underwear) for individuals entering detox or treatment
New keyboards and mice for the computer lab program equipment
Home Depot gift cards for the Woodworking program to continue to operate and purchase supplies
Cloth, tobacco and blankets required for Indigenous ceremonies
New books and board games for the library
In-Kind Services, Repairs & Equipment Needed at Group Living Locations:
Playground Turf with Concrete Base
Rebuild a backyard for one of the GLP locations so children and youth have a safe place to play.
Concrete base for rubberized playground turf: Estimated $50,000 (in-kind donation of product & labour or cash)
All-season rubberized playground turf: Estimated $20,000 (in-kind donation of product & labour or cash)
New Washer and Dryer
A commercial-sized washer and dryer for one GLP location so youth can have clean clothing, bedding, and sleeping bags. A commercial/heavy duty washer and dryer: Estimated: $5,000 (in-kind donation or cash)
Supplies and Renovations
Labour and supplies are needed to complete renovations and updates to GLP facilities. Kitchen appliances, furniture, ongoing renovations: Estimated: $50,000 (in-kind donation of product & labour or cash)
Our Future Goals
$2.5 Million - New affordable housing developments
$5 Million - New affordable housing developments, new social enterprises, mental health program expansion
$10 Million - New affordable housing developments, new social enterprises, mental health program expansion, additional infrastructure upgrades at all Boyle Street locations (ensuring all buildings are fit-for-purpose), cultural support opportunities
Impact on our city
How does this impact our community?
Social Return on Investment
Studies show that it costs taxpayers approximately $100,000 per year to assist a chronically homeless person in terms of health, emergency, and justice system interactions. When wrap-around, specialized services and support solutions are made available to that same individual, costs are significantly decreased (HumanServices.Alberta.ca).
People who live in poverty, especially those experiencing homelessness, have more frequent and severe health concerns. By providing access to integrated primary care, mental health and substance use services and social supports, we have the potential to save millions of dollars by reducing the need for costly, more intensive interventions (StreetHealth.ca).
With the expansion of supports and programs offered at Boyle Street Community Services, the inappropriate use of emergency services will be drastically reduced based on data collected through the 24/7 Crisis Diversion Team and the Heavy Users of Service initiatives.
There is a misconception that having a consolidation of services for people experiencing homelessness, like Boyle Street Community Services, will decrease the value of properties in the surrounding area. In fact, the opposite is true: a study of the impact of 15 transitional housing sites for the homeless found that properties near well-maintained service facilities appreciated 1.8% more than comparable properties in other areas of the city (ProjectHome.org).
When the design and management of a service centre are well done, and the centre is compatible with the host neighborhood, nearby property values are likely to increase. According to a study from the University of Minnesota, for every 100 feet closer to a well-managed non-profit development, a property was valued $86 more than if it was not (VictoriaHomelessness.ca).
The partnership between RE/MAX Elite and Boyle Street Community Services is based on the belief that meeting the needs of those experiencing homelessness will not only have a profound and positive impact on the lives on individual clients, but on Edmonton as a whole.