New Safe Families Site Launch: Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge!

We are delighted to announce that in one week, a new local chapter of Safe Families Canada will be launching in the tri-cities region of Kitchener, Waterloo, & Cambridge!

Please share the news with your friends and church contacts and pray for many new families to be transformed by Christ’s love!

Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge Safe Families Chapter

Launch date: January 22, 2018

Contact:
Phone: 519-504-2516
Email: kitchenerwaterloo@safefamilies.ca

Upcoming information/training session:
Saturday, Feb. 3rd from 9am-12pm
Lifespring Christian Fellowship
380 King Street N., Waterloo

Allan & Rachel’s Story

Allan and Rachel are a Safe Family in London, ON who recently opened their home to a family in need.  Here is their story:

Our first placement as a Safe Families Host Home felt, in many ways, like an intensive missions trip – except that we had welcomed the people we were serving right into our home.  The challenges ended up being bigger than we expected, but it made the hope we have in Christ seem even more important to share.

We knew we wanted to be involved with Safe Families when it was presented at our church.  But when it came to actually getting requests to take in children, it was just never as simple as we had expected.  We were tired, we were busy, we weren’t sure how to arrange bedrooms—the unknowns were unnerving.  But finally, there came a placement request that we just didn’t have a good enough excuse to say “no” to and we knew it was time to say “yes.”

We were able to connect with the kids’ mom through her Safe Families Family Friend and meet the family in advance.  This helped immensely in preparing our hearts for welcoming the kids to our home, because we suddenly could picture their faces and see the genuine need this family had for support.  But there were definitely moments where I thought, “What are we doing?  We didn’t even know these kids a few days ago!”  This thought was especially in my mind as I sat in the hallway for hours one night, praying for the little one (who needed to see that someone was there) to finally fall back to sleep so I could return to bed!

Once, when our small group from church was over, one of the kids pointed to each adult in turn and sweetly demanded that they pray for his prayer request 🙂  God also prepared our hearts in unexpected ways to be open to asking for prayer and help from friends and family.  The energy and love that we needed to welcome these kids into our home came from beyond ourselves. It was humbling, invigorating and somewhat scary to realize we were “outside of the boat” of what was comfortable for us to manage in our own strength.

It was so reassuring to see the kids’ mom feeling stronger near the end of the placement.  Together, we developed a plan to help the kids with the transition back home.  We shared a “celebration meal” together on the final evening and had the opportunity to see the family reunited.

Each time we make room in our home and our hearts for others to come in, it gets a bit harder to think of our resources as strictly our own, as we are forced to find creative ways to make our space and time more flexible for ministry opportunities.  This experience has left us with so many decisions about how we use our lives and our home in the years to come!

Ride For Refugee 2017

Safe Families is proud to participate in the Ride for Refugee Event that will be taking place on Saturday September 30th 2017. We invite our 3 locations in Winnipeg, Toronto, and London Ontario to participate in this walking or cycling event. All the money that is raised through this fundraiser will go towards charities that are dedicated to supporting those who have, or currently are, experiencing vulnerability, displacement, and exploitation.

Currently, Safe Families is seeking 5 Team Captains in each city to lead the way, and we would love to invite you to join us! As a volunteer, your participation and support has been so valuable to us in the past, and we’re so excited to welcome you to this new initiative.

What does a Team Captain do exactly?
To sum it up, Team Captains register a team online, invite others (friends, family, co-workers) to join in, raise money and encourage their team to do the same, and make sure their teammates check-in and stick together on RIDE Day (you can read more about the Team Captain role here.

200 other charities across Canada will participate with us as we ride, walk and raise funds together on September 29th.
Will you join us?

Donor Promises to Match Every Dollar Donated to Safe Families in June!

Challenge accepted!

To commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary, Safe Families has launched the Canada 150 Campaign in conjunction with the CanadaHelps.org Great Canadian Giving Challenge!

What is The Great Canadian Giving Challenge? It is a National public contest to benefit any registered Canadian charity. Every $1 donated to a registered charity in June via CanadaHelps.org or GivingChallenge.ca, automatically enters the charity to win an additional $10,000 donation. The grand prize draw is on Canada Day and one lucky charity will receive the grand prize of $10,000.

Our set goal is to raise $15,000 by the end of June 30th and in addition to the $10,000 draw through CanadaHelps, a private donor of Safe Families has come forward offering to match every dollar donated to us! We are excited to be participating in this event and we need your help: Spread the word and donate here to help us reach our goal!

This challenge will provide Safe Families with the opportunity to expand our current programs so that more parents-in-crisis can find care for their children while they get back on their feet. We are determined to provide parents with the necessary social supports so that they can reunite with their child in a safer and healthier context.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Winnipeg Chapter has now launched!

We are praising God for His provision yet again!

A big thank you to the members of our dedicated steering committee who have worked tirelessly to establish the local Winnipeg, Manitoba, chapter of Safe Families Canada! After much prayer and hard work the site is now up and running.

We already have 30 volunteers who are being screened to serve families-in-crisis in the Winnipeg community and within a few weeks time our first cohort of Host Families will be approved, trained, and ready to start hosting children!

SFC has hired Sandee Harder as the Winnipeg Regional Coordinator and she is now managing all aspects of the program. Sandee has a great love for vulnerable children and a passion to see the restoration of families. Sandee has worked with single parents and low income families for the past 23 years as a Project Officer with the Province of Manitoba. She holds a Masters of Biblical Counselling from Providence Theological Seminary.

Winnipeggers, get involved!
Here are some things you can do:

  • Volunteer to host a child in your home.
  • Volunteer to support and mentor a parent in temporary crisis.
  • Volunteer in another support role.
  • Engage your local church with Safe Families.
  • Spread the word — tell your friends and family about Safe Families.
  • Donate — Safe Families operates entirely on donations and needs ongoing funding to sustain the program.

If you’re interested in any of the above, contact Sandee by:
E-mail — winnipeg@safefamilies.ca
Phone — (204) 891-6234
Mailing address & Office Location — Safe Families Winnipeg, 1445 Callsbeck Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R2K 4K4

Hiring 3 Student Interns!

We’re hiring!

Safe Families Toronto is looking for 3 post-secondary students to join our team for the summer.

Applicants must be:

  • full-time students intending to return to their studies in the fall;
  • between 15-30 years of age; and
  • preferably studying in one of the following areas: Social Services / Social Work, Child & Youth Worker, International Development, Personal Support Worker, Journalism or Communications, Counselling, Early Childhood Education, Community Services, Non-profit management

Interns will get experience in all aspects of our local program, from administration and communications to dealing directly with our volunteers and the families-in-crisis that we serve. Each is a paid position lasting seven weeks at 30 hours a week, and start dates are flexible.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in finding out more or applying immediately for one of the positions, please e-mail info@safefamilies.ca with “Student Intern” in the subject line and your resume and cover letter attached.