What existed in 2003 • Family Resource Centre • Summer Camp • Teen Drop In • Transitional Youth Program
Where we are now…. • In 2010, 22% of Wesley’s Annual budget was used for expenditures for the Child, Youth and Family Programs.
Early Years Programs • Wesley operates neighbourhood based play and learn programs • One stop shop for parents to access services and supports related to their child’s development • Early Years staff provide parents with the tools to help their child reach their full potential • Serve as a gateway to other community supports
Impact This past year alone, over 4,030 adults and 4,070 children registered to attend these FREE programs. • In 2010 Wesley staff facilitated interactions with over 57,790 visits made by families with their children to our respective programs. • Wesley has been facilitating outreach programs since 2008 through United Way funding in an attempt to bridge gaps where programs are most needed in the community in the “From Here to the Bay” catchment area. Over the past year, this program has enhanced the lives of families at over 12 locations.
Early Years Program Locations The SourceYoung Parent Resource Centre138 Herkimer Street St. Martin’s ManorYoung Parent Resource Centre500 Mohawk Road West Angela’s Place Young Parent Resource Centre320 Tragina Avenue North CATCH 350 Quigley Road CATCH-Riverdale 40 Grandville Main Site 155 Queen Street North Beasley Child and Family Centre 145 Wilson Street Church of the Resurrection Neighbourhood Site 435 Mohawk Road West Maplecroft Apartments Neighbourhood Site 1900 Main Street West St. Cuthbert’s Church Neighbourhood Site 2 Bond Street North Ryerson Recreation Centre Neighbourhood Site 251 Duke Street
CATCH Programs350 Quigley Road • CATCH is an east-end Hamilton community development/community driven project. • CATCH aims to improve health and safety inside and outside the home by engaging children, youth and families with children from birth to 18 years through programming and connections with community resources. • Over 11,449 visits were made during 2010 for programs offering services to ages birth to eighteen years of age with 273 new parents and 285 new children and youth.
Wesley Child Care Centre340 York Boulevard • Provides bilingual (English and French)licensed child care spaces for children 2 ½ to 5 years old. • Fee subsidy is available through the City of Hamilton for those who qualify. • Enriched play activities include school readiness programs, daily outdoor/gross motor activities, nutritious snacks and meals. • Wesley staff has contributed to enhancing and supporting the healthy development of children and families of 24 children on a daily basis.
Healthy Babies, Healthy ChildrenFamily Home Visitor Program151 Queen Street North • Identifies and supports families in achieving their goals in order to promote the healthy growth and development of children. • Connects over 4,000 families annually with community resources and supports, through family home visitors who work in partnership with a public health nurse. • This past year 221 families registered with the program. • Referrals, support, goal-setting, and home visits.
School Age Programs: • Summer Day Camp • After School Programs
After School Programs • Wesley School Age Programs give children age 6-12, a safe, supervised environment which encourages learning, including help with homework and recreational activities. • Homework time, nutritious snacks, a variety of activities to choose from, including lounge activities such a board games, interactive games, crafts, reading, cooking and gym activities. • Programs are located in the inner city • 317 children registered this past year
After School Programs: Betty Brooks Community Centre 155 Queen Street North Beasley Community Centre 145 Wilson Street King George Elementary School 77 Gage Avenue North Queen Victoria Elementary School 166 Forest Ave Hess Street Elementary School 107 Hess Street North Summer Camp Programs: Betty Brooks Community Centre 155 Queen Street North Beasley Community Centre 145 Wilson Street CATCH Program: 350 Quigley Road School Age Program Locations
Summer Camp • Provides children, age 6-12, with opportunities to learn, play and grow in a camp environment. • Wesley Summer Camp gives caregivers the assurance that their children are stimulated and supervised with recreational activities, educational sessions, sports, and field trips. • Last summer Wesley enriched the lives of 180 children where 50 attended camp on a weekly basis.
Youth Programs • Teen Drop In • Youth Housing • YOW-Hamilton (Youth Outreach Workers)
Youth Program Locations Teen Drop in Centres: Betty Brooks Community Centre 155 Queen Street North Wesley Neighbourhood Centre 93 Delena Avenue North Youth Housing: 191 Main Street West Youth Outreach Workers Hamilton Mobile program CATCH Program: 350 Quigley Road
Teen Drop-Ins • Our staff provide a fun, welcoming, safe environment for adolescents. • We offer social and recreational programming that engages youth in positive activities. • Team sports, snack, lounge, crafts, and movie nights are some of the few programs that are offered. • Staff working at the teen drop in program interact with an average of 40 youth per evening between the two locations.
Youth Housing191 Main Street West • The Wesley Youth Housing Program aids in addressing the issues of youth age 16-21 years who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. • Wesley staff assist with housing, safety, skill development, education, employment and building a new life through a two-year program that develops the necessary skills for youth to move to independence in the community. • Wesley Youth Housing is Hamilton's only transitional housing program for youth with a capacity to house 19 youth at a time with 24-hour support and crisis intervention, and an emphasis on learning skills to live independently. • This past year Wesley assisted 32 youth with this program.
Youth Outreach Workers-Hamilton(YOW-H) • Through the Street Youth Planning Collaborative, YOW-H serves 12-21 year old youth and their families in three underserved, at-risk communities in Hamilton. • This mobile team focuses on community development, engagement and referrals to existing services. • This past year, YOW staff touched the lives of 9,000 youth. More than 800 families were served and more than 4,000 referrals made.
Decreasing Barriers… Increasing Opportunities