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Moving Forward: Anna's Story

We share this wonderful story to let our friends and supporters know the difference they are making in people's lives.

Anna* came to CSC as a referral from the Waterloo Region Hoarding Project. At the time, Anna was struggling with severe hoarding tendencies - a battle that began soon after her marriage dissolved five years earlier. Not only was Anna facing some very difficult personal issues, her place of employment closed its doors leaving Anna without a job. Bills continued to pile up and so did her level of worry as she had limited means of providing for her two children. Anna knew she needed to make some changes to improve her family's quality of life.

Following a series of intensive purges and cleanings through the Hoarding Project, CSC's Crisis Intervention worker met with Anna and noticed the positive difference the cleanings had made. She immediately wanted to help Anna maintain progress. One of the ways she did this was by taking donations to shelters on Anna's behalf.

Anna was happy that the cleaning went well but she was still feeling tremendous stress from losing her job. She didn't know what to do or where to turn. Soon after, the Crisis Intervention worker connected her with Lutherwood Employment Services and Anna provided regular updates on the resumes she had sent out to local businesses. As the job search continued, Anna expressed she was sliding back into depression so the worker decided to visit Anna every two weeks to help set cleaning and job goals. With scheduled times keeping her accountable, Anna felt motivated to obtain the goals they set out together. 
The worker also encouraged Anna to attend counselling and Canadian Mental Health Association support groups. Anna was so grateful for the help she received and the connections she made. Six months later, she finally found a job.

“The Crisis Intervention worker helped get me out of a rut to take the steps forward to get a job. Without this help I wouldn’t have gotten a job.”

Today, Anna is a cashier at a local grocery store and couldn't be happier. She is proud to have met her goals and she is better able to care for her family with the help of various supports and services in the community. 

CSC's Crisis Intervention Assistance Service (CIAS) offers short term crisis intervention services to older adults who may be vulnerable and at risk of homelessness, abuse, isolation, lack of motivation, alienation, grief and trauma from losses. If you have concerns about an older adult in your life, please call our office at (519) 772-8787 for advice or for more information.
(*name changed for client confidentiality.)

Need a New Year's Resolution?

CSC could not exist without the everyday acts of kindness from our truly incredible volunteers. They are the very heart and soul of the organization.

If you are looking for a way to give back or for a self improvement opportunity to hone a new skill, CSC offers a variety of opportunities to suit your needs. For students, CSC provides an opportunity for youth to gain experience in an office environment and learn a variety of administrative skills. For those looking to gain experience in the fitness sector, we offer free training for our WALC (Wellness Active Living Club) group exercise classes and Fab-Fit (Functional Ability, Functional Independence Training) one-on-one exercise programs. Looking to improve your culinary skills and make new friends? Our Meals on Wheels Kitchen offers the opportunity to work alongside a professional chef and staff.

We are always looking for caring people to help us fulfill our mission. Whether you have a wide open schedule or only a lunch hour to commit to, we have an opportunity for you. Please call (519) 772-8787 for more information on these or any other opportunities. You may also choose to apply online at http://communitysupportconnections.org/volunteer/.

Seeking Bilingual Gentle Exercise Facilitators

Vous parlez français, êtes en bonne forme physique et aimez interchanger avec nos aînés? Nous sommes à la recherche de personnes francophones ou francophiles afin de faciliter des classes de conditionnement physique, exercices en douceur, pour nos aînés de Cambridge, trois fois semaine. Ceci est un emploi occasionnel à temps partiel. Nous assurons la formation. Cela vous intéresse? Veuillez envoyer votre C.V. ainsi qu'une courte note d’introduction nous indiquant le poste Facilitateur d'exercice en douceur- langue française à hr@cscmow.org.

Join our Board of Directors

Are you dynamic, innovative, and like working with a team? Do you have experience in fundraising, legal, food industry, integration, or strategic and collaborative governance and would like to share your strengths? If this sounds like you, CSC is looking for volunteer Board Directors.

The Board functions under the Policy Governance model which focuses on the establishment and monitoring of value-based policies to further the mission and strategic planning of our organization. For a full job prospectus, click here. You may email the Board directly at board@cscmow.org or call (519) 772-8787 and ask for Dale Howatt at ext. 203.

Thank You!

Thank you so much for your support and donations for the 2015 Annual Holiday Campaign! So far you have helped us raise over $29,000 which will go towards a variety of our programs and services in Waterloo Region.

We are so grateful for the support we have received from individuals, local companies like Brick & Co. Restorations and Challenger Motor Freight, proceeds from Olivet United Church congregation, and so many more. Your help means even more clients will have access to the services they need to live at home with independence and dignity. There is still time to contribute with an online donation at http://communitysupportconnections.org/donate/ or by calling our office at (519) 772-8787.

We also want to thank Shoppers Drug Mart on Bridgeport and Weber for hosting our Stuff-A-Stocking campaign once again this year, ensuring some of our most vulnerable neighbours received a present during the holiday season. And a huge thank you to students at Suddaby School and the Kitchener Brownies who made gifts and cards for our clients. Thank you!

Upcoming Volunteer Training

All volunteers are invited to our offices to attend agency-wide training focusing on Mental Health. Please feel free to bring a friend. Snacks and light refreshments will be provided. *Please note that the date has changed from the previous enews. 
In Cambridge:
Thursday, February 11, 2016
12:30pm-2:30pm in the Cambridge Boardroom
In Breslau: 
Thursday, February 11, 2016
6:00pm-8:00pm, location TBD
If you have any questions or to RSVP, please call 519-772-8787 and ask for Ann at ext. 205 or email annr@cscmow.org. You can also ask for Mike at ext. 253 or email michaelt@cscmow.org. The Breslau location will be in the following enews or you can check for updates online at http://communitysupportconnections.org/volunteer-training/.

Thanks 91.5 The Beat and Carstar!

We were delighted to be nominated by a listener of 91.5 The Beat for their 12 Days of Giving and to receive a donation of $500 from Carstar! On December 18th, 2015 we welcomed Carlos, Dave and Laura of 91.5 The Beat Breakfast, and Carstar representatives into our kitchen to give them a tour of the space "where the magic happens" - or at least where 350 Meals on Wheels are made each week day...and we think that's pretty magical! Thanks to these wonderful community partners who envision a community where everyone feels at home - valued, connected and empowered.
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