ACF15450

Dreamcatcher's Loft " A stepping stone for good mental health"

  • Submitted by:

    Karli Albert, Penny Black

    Organization:

    Muskoka Parry Sound Community Mental Health Service

    Location:

    Sundridge, Ontario

  • Idea Created:

    October 16, 2012

    Budget:

    Small (up to $50K)

Overview:

What would put you into a crisis: no bed, no food, no support system and no where to turn? 
Our Vision: It’s simple, be able to provide individuals that access Muskoka- Parry Sound Community Mental Health Service a safe emergency bed (72hours) in our own community. This bed is to be run by MPSCMHS peers that will be able to support the individual during their time of need. A safe bed, a warm meal and support right down the street to help this person get back on their feet. Don’t we all deserve that?
 Summary: The District of Parry Sound consists of 3,599.55 sq miles. Within this geographic area there is a population of 42,162 persons. Muskoka- Parry Sound Community Mental Health Service is a non- for- profit agency with a branch office located in Sundridge since December 1991. Our doors have been open to anyone and everyone in need of help. We have been serving individuals suffering from a mental illness, addictions, and crisis. Often times those individuals in crisis find themselves homeless with nowhere else to turn, scared and anxious of the unknown. In order for someone to access a shelter or safe housing for the night, they must first overcome even more barriers, including transportation, that they were originally faced with that placed them in crisis to begin with. These individuals must travel anywhere from 60 KM to 150KM to an open bed at a shelter. Once they are there, they face the overwhelming anxiety and fear of being in an unfamiliar place, in an unfamiliar town with unfamiliar people.  If granted, this will allow us to secure a location open 24/7 to Muskoka- Parry Sound Community Mental Health Service clients, and to be able to provide them with meals and support during their crisis stay in our emergency accommodations.   
 The mission of the Muskoka-Parry Sound Community Mental Health Service is good mental health for all the people of Muskoka-Parry Sound.
Muskoka- Parry Sound Community Mental Health Service is funded by the North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network.
 “The views expressed in this publication are the views of the HSP and do not necessarily reflect those of the LHIN or the Government of Ontario”