“As parents we strive to give our children roots and wings; a sense of who they are and where they come from and the skills and confidence to move forward when the time comes. Our Journey to Life Program aims to do the same for our participants.”
Cathy Oleschuk, Program Services Director
We moved into the new building in October 2020, including the first participants in the new Journey to Life Program. Joe, one of the first Journey to Life Program participants, is excited, “It is so good to walk into my apartment, close the door, and make a coffee whenever I want. This is new to me to have my own space.” Now, in the new Journey to Life Centre, he has a chance for more.
As we have continued our programming, success stories have started to emerge. All have a journey and we respect that journey. For some, success means a job, responsibilities and an apartment call their own. For others, it's a stepping stone to receiving treatments or education to continue bettering themselves. All journeys are valid and matter.
The Salvation Army Journey to Life Centre stands as beacon of hope for a new way of living life. Here, those who cycle in and out of shelters will be able to make lasting changes. These changes will take time. It will involve finding new interests and social circles; learning to care for themselves and respecting those around them; developing job skills and finding a home. It will lead to a new perspective on life.
The journey to a better life starts here.
Cooking and kitchen skills are basic life skills for all to have when living independently. The Journey to Life participants all have a mini-fridge and freeze, microwave and access to food hampers. Learning to create a meal plan based on sales, batch cooking and budgeting are covered during programing
Connecting with nature is a wonderful to recharge and escape. And since we are surround by such beautiful scenery, it only makes sense to use it in our programming for mental health.