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Community Services and Programs
Nobody’s Perfect/Triple P, Daddy n Me and Ready or Not are parenting programs that the Friendship Centre is offering at present. These programs focus on improving parent’s skills by providing information in many areas including child behavior, discipline, safety, feelings, Fetal Alcohol Disorder, drug/alcohol prevention, communication, and consequences.
Our worker provides free services to clients who require assistance with problematic situations, but don’t have any other agencies who can assist them. We advocate with government and non-government agencies to ensure the clients rights and concerns are being addressed and upheld, advocate for and refer clients to agencies such as Income Security, Service Canada, RCMP, Child and Family Services, Landlord and Tenancy Branch, Mental Health, Medical Services, Band Offices, etc. We also assist clients in completing forms for government and non-government agencies, and work with clients in crisis management and developing problem solving skills.
Baby’S R Us - Healthy Baby
Offers support and informal learning opportunities once a month for expecting parents or parents with children less than one year of age. The program covers topics in areas such as prenatal and infant nutrition, parenting, health, breastfeeding, budgeting, healthy meal planning and cooking, newborn care, fetal alcohol awareness, child development, family planning, smoking cessation, and other areas as requested by the participants. This program is funded through Healthy Child Manitoba.
Coats for Kids Program
We accept donations of gently used or new coats for area children. These coats are available to the public in our front lobby area starting in late October, with the program wrapping up in early December. The remaining coats that are not used are distributed to youth in outlying communities. Each year we see many youth who benefit from having a new jacket to wear. We also receive coats meant for adults, and forward these on to one of our community partners for them to distribute.
We offer a free Family Christmas party with crafts, games, and a nutritious snack to our membership. Children also get the chance to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and receive a small bag of goodies from them. December also is the time when we have an annual Christmas Dinner and Dry Dance. This event is open to all adults and features a complete Christmas supper served by DFC staff and volunteers. After supper, the crowd can dance the night away to live old time music including everyone’s favorite waltzes, polkas, and square dance songs.
Christmas Hamper and Angel Tree Programs
In partnership with our local food bank and the Catholic Women’s League, the Dauphin Friendship Centre helps coordinate the collection of food and gifts for distribution in the Christmas hampers. We set up an Angel Tree in our local mall that allows community members to donate a gift for a child that are then put into the hampers. We pack and distribute hampers of food to families that might otherwise not have a Christmas meal during the holidays.
Dauphin’s RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) Program
Using volunteers and community donations, this program seeks to eliminate the need for anyone to think they need to drink and drive during the holiday season. People can phone the Friendship Centre if they have had too much to drink, and volunteers will go and drive the clients and their vehicles home. The program operates every Friday and Saturday for the month of December, and takes people home during this time. It has reduced the incidents of impaired driving and the risk of accidents in our community and surrounding area. This program is operated entirely by volunteers who often are working until past 3:00 in the morning driving people home during some of the coldest nights of the year.
Fine Option Program
In partnership with Community and Youth Corrections, clients are allowed to work off fines and Community Service orders at the Dauphin Friendship Centre. Clients in this program gain valuable work experience doing tasks around the Friendship Centre and at other organizations in our community.
Community Access Program
For those who do not have access to the internet at home, the Dauphin Friendship Centre offers free computer access during our regular business hours Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.
We offer many other smaller programs and services to the public that are appreciated by our clients. These include use of our telephones for local calls, free wifi, faxing for employment and health reasons, photocopying, and free coffee.
Emergency Assistance Program
We offer an Emergency Assistance program for those who have missed the food bank days or are in need of other assistance. We will provide food assistance and if funds allow provide assistance with travel (especially medical) for those who can’t find funds from elsewhere. This is paid for with our fundraising dollars, and clients are often referred to other agencies for their complete needs.
Dauphin Friendship Centre Housing
Our present units can house single people, couples, and smaller families of up to four people. To date we have acquired 35 housing units.
Every Monday we provide programming free to adults in our back hall area. The type of activity varies, but includes, craft classes, cooking classes, scrap booking, jewelry making, soap/candle making and painting classes. Classes focus on teaching new skills that will improve participant’s lives and teach them new skills they can use in the home and workforce.
DFC staff offer many culturally related workshops to area organizations to promote Aboriginal inclusion in the workforce, and highlight the values of Indigenous culture. We take groups to pick medicines, participate in cultural events, host cultural activities, and have a variety of staff and volunteers who believe in promoting their culture and traditional values.
Read with Me Program
The Read With Me Program is designed for families that have children up to the age of 5 years of age living within the City or Rural Municipality of Dauphin. Each child registered will receive a bag with age appropriate books, a children’s music CD, as well as other toys meant to increase their love of reading and writing. There are three age categories for the bags; zero to two years of age, two to four years of age, and four to five years of age. Once a child moves into the next age category they can come into the Friendship Centre and get their next bag of free books. Also included is information on other children related organizations and services in our community.
Prairie Mountain Health Aboriginal Recruitment Program
Offering services in our Friendship Centre, our local regional health authority encourages Aboriginal workers to work in the health field in our local communities. This program offers support and services for clients to obtain employment, services to employees to enhance their existing skills, or information for those attending/returning to school to learn new skills. They also promote health field career opportunities to local youth attending high school.
We provided a safe place for youth to come and participate in programs as well as a place for positive social interaction. Youth are involved in activities and programs such as, social evenings, movie nights, ping pong and pool tournaments, cooking classes and other indoor and outdoor activities. Education and recreational activities are promoted, with the program providing all costs associated with these activities for free. The youth centre is open to youth ages 10 to 24 and provides them with a safe, friendly atmosphere and a chance to participate in activities they might not otherwise have access to. We encourage youth to take an active role in community events.
Parent Child Program
The Parent Child Program works with children 6 to 12 and encourages programming to address nutrition, literacy and positive growth for pre-teens. Our program encourages parents to spend time with their children learning things such as cooking, crafts, computer, social, and communication skills in a non-threatening environment. The program is offered as an after school activity thus also assisting parents whose children do not have a place to go until the parent is finished work for the day. We provide free snacks, structured activities, as well as free transportation for activities not occurring in our Youth and Family Centre.
We also promote music and culture by offering youth free lessons including, square dancing, guitar lessons, and fiddling programs.
Free Youth Summer Camp Program
The Friendship Centre offers a free summer camp program every year starting at the beginning of July. Our camp counselors offer free programming for youth age six to twelve. There are themed weeks and different activities that both entertain and educate youth. We take them on trips to explore our community and surrounding areas including Riding Mountain National Park.
At all the camps they play sports, swim, make crafts, learn about different cultures, and do all the things youth like to do.
Scholarships and Bursaries
The Friendship Centre encourages our youth to pursue post-secondary education, and do this with the presentation of our annual bursaries and scholarship. All students graduating from the 9 area high schools are eligible to apply for awards. The Laverne Morrisseau Scholarship is worth $1,000, and we also give four $500 bursaries to students who have been involved in their community and are in need of financial assistance in order to attend post-secondary education. The Friendship Centre also supports two awards at our local college for their Extended Program and Early Childhood Education courses.
Laverne Morrisseau Adult Education Centre
The Laverne Morrisseau Adult Education Centre provides basic adult upgrading and literacy skill development. Using the Stages program, student’s progress at their own speed, and work towards future goals such as employment, going to post-secondary education, or being able to assist their families with their newly learned skills. The Literacy Program provides adults with a safe comfortable environment to learn the educational skills that they need to make positive changes in their lives.
Little Steps Head Start Family Program
This Aboriginal Head Start program is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada and sponsored by the Dauphin Friendship Centre. Our project focuses on culture and language, health, nutrition, education, social supports and parental involvement. The program is offered to off reserve First Nation, Métis, Inuit, and Non-Aboriginal families. Our program is licensed through Family Services and Housing for 20 nursery spaces and is offered at no cost to the families with transportation and snack provided for free.