Clients are faced with a number of issues and crisis situations in which they are often left with no funds for food, transportation or emergency expenses. Although we have a Victim Quick Response Program (VQRP) that can meet some of those needs for clients who qualify, there are a number of clients who do not qualify and are left without resources. Food banks are not open on a Friday night or weekend when a crisis situation occurs and a client has not eaten in 24 hours. Some clients cannot get to much needed medical or counselling appointments due to a lock of funds for transportation so they don't get the help they need. A domestic violence victim whose spouse had her vehicle impounded can no longer go and get her children at school until she pays the fee in which she does not have the funds. A senior walking to the mall had her purse robbed containing all of her money that month for food and personal needs does not know how she is going to eat for the rest of the month. These situations are things Victim Services encounters on an ongoing basis. We would like to start a pilot project to set up a special Victim Support Fund to assist clients by purchasing and having on hand various gift cards (groceries, Tim Horton's, gas), bus passes, personal needs items and funds for emergency expenses to assist victims with their immediate needs (on a last resort basis). We do not have these fund in Ministry funded budgets (other than our VQRP program) but feel that there is a great need when clients are faced with a crisis situation. If we can alleviate one of their immedaite concerns (having food for the weekend), then they can focus on their other tasks as hand with our support.
What is the estimated cost of this project? $2,000
What is the estimated date of completion of this project: 06/30/2020
We will be able to to better assist our most vulnerable clients by taking care of their basic needs quickly in more urgent situations until we can connect them with the proper resources. The pilot project will determine if this is a project worth implementing on a more permanent basis based on the number of urgent needs met. It will determine whether or not we decide to make this initiative a permanent program that should be incorporated into our ongoing fundraising efforts.
Victim Services of SDG&A assists over 2000 victims of crime and tragic circumstances per year working in a partnership with police and other emergency services. Anyone can become a victim at any time. Your contribution can make a difference in easing a victim's worries about a need or urgent situation requiring immediate attention. Although there are no magic bags of money to tend to everyone's needs all of the time, we'd like to at least be able to make an impact in someone's life during a difficult moment by being able to address a basic need when it counts the most.