Journey of Hope
The Journey of Hope is designed to teach a broad set of social and behavioural skills that will enable participants to reach their individual potential. Participants will learn new strategies and coping mechanisms that will have a positive impact on their lives and allow individuals to move from ‘crisis living to planning for their future’.
As with existing services provided through the Salvation Army Community and Family Services, the Journey of Hope has been designed to promote resiliency and empower participants. The values of client determination, dignity and respect are central to all services offered. The Journey of Hope will enhance the agency’s ability to serve those who live in close proximity and those presently accessing services.
The Journey of Hope program is designed to empower and guide learners through a series of workshops, training, hands-on participation and community involvement including:
- Life skills training
- Financial and Nutritional literacy
- Community Garden
- Community Kitchen
The life skills workshops will incorporate the elements of decision-making, personal awareness and management, personal health and community living. All workshops will work to enhance participants’ capacity to handle challenges and improve their emotional, social and physical health. Each program will incorporate best practices to positively impact social determinants of health, promoting recovery and hope.
Participants of the community garden will include adults as well as youth from our After School Program. Youth will have an opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of where their food comes from, which increases their ability to make healthy food choices. The garden will help to increase community involvement, physical activity and provide fresh food to be used in the various programs offered.
The Community Kitchen will be closely connected with the Community Garden and will be designed to decrease social isolation through group participation, and promote healthy living through the provision of nutritional information following Canada’s food guide, menu planning, sharing of ideas, recipes, group cooking and proper food storage.
This program is intended to improve health equity and reduce avoidable health disparities in the population served. The common factor in this diverse population is living in poverty and a lack of hope for ending the cycle of poverty.
The expected outcomes of the Journey of Hope program will include the following:
- Increase decision-making skills (critical and creative thinking, problem solving)
- Personal awareness and management (self-awareness, self-esteem, assertiveness)
- Increase emotional intelligence (empathy)
- Expand positive coping strategies (managing emotions, stress management)
- Personal Health ( nutrition and food literacy, prevention, self-care, financial literacy)
- Community living (effective communication, building healthy relationships, conflict resolution)
- Increase personal resiliency factors (ability to cope with change)