Why We Exist
“Your staff have helped me with so much. Every time I have contact with you I feel like I am confiding in a friend. But you provide more than a listening ear, you provide suggestions and encouragement. I’m now trying to pay it forward by helping new people in my community.” – Client testimonial from the SWCRC Client Satisfaction Survey, 2013
We exist to improve the quality of life for local residents in 28 communities south of Glenmore Drive. Each year we help over a thousand vulnerable individuals and families find the resources they require, provide them with information, and support community opportunities that connect people to each other. We believe that children, youth and adults of every age and background deserve to live decent and fulfilling lives in a community that cares about their neighbours. This means we concern ourselves with the individual, the family and the community connections.
The SWCRC opened our doors in 2003 in an attempt to offer wayfinding support closer to where people lived, where individuals could find welcoming and responsive service navigation, access to basic needs, resident led initiatives and we began to learn and understand the local needs. For fourteen years we have supported thousands of vulnerable individuals and families develop the skills and reslilience to provide a positive, stable and supportive home and connected them to resources and social supports closer to where they live.
Our work is never done in isolation and we know that to have the greatest impact, we must work closely with other community partners to create a warm and welcoming environment, build trusting relationships and reduce the barriers to access. We engage many local volunteers to provide extra hands and hearts and be the voice of the community. Together we can build resilient individuals, create healthy families and supportive south west communities.