Clients have access to nutritious homemade meals, childcare, counselling, support groups, safety planning, music therapy, yoga therapy, meditation, gardening, and educational sessions (How to Manage Stress, Fostering Self-esteem, Positive Parenting).
True North aspires to provide compassionate, trauma-informed programming with the goal of fostering client resiliency, mastery, independence, and a sense of peace and community.
Child and Youth Care
Family Enjoyment Program
Thanks to the continued generosity of our community, True North is grateful to continue our Family Enjoyment Program for families in the shelter.
This program allows us to offer parents and children opportunities to create new, positive family memories free from violence while helping strengthen healthy relationships. Some of our favourite family events have included movie nights, family baking nights, birthday celebrations, and ice-cream feasts!
Early Intervention Program
The Early Intervention Program is an integrative program between the Residential Shelter and the Child & Youth program that provides parents and children who have witnessed or experienced family abuse with supportive counseling, education, safety planning, and other tools to help foster healthy attachment strategies in children.
Early Intervention programming aims to reduce risk factors (such as exposure to domestic abuse) and increase protective factors (such as positive self-esteem and strong social supports) in a child’s life; these protective factors help mitigate risk and promote the healthy development and well-being of children throughout their lives.
The Family Residential Early Invention Worker provides families with:
- crisis support through group and individual counseling,
- parent coaching,
- personal and family safety planning,
- educational sessions:
- the effects of trauma on child development (with a focus on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs))
- positive parenting (role modeling, healthy communication strategies)
- expressing emotions
- fostering self-esteem
- resources and referrals to ongoing community support, so families can continue to thrive even after they have left the shelter.
Our Early Intervention workers work to ensure that the psychological and emotional needs of all family members are met!