Our mission is to support families with young children in building healthy relationships and community networks, by providing services and programs in a welcoming, nurturing and respectful environment.
The Spirit of Giving
Photo: Graham brought lots of goodies....little Hanna already picked up her toy! Thank you.
The Spirit of Giving
During this season, our organization receives an overwhelming request for donations in the mail from a lot of bigger charitable organizations to support their Christmas causes. Our organization is a much smaller non-profit and we typically do some collections of clothing and food items for our family participants at this time of year.
This year we got a lovely surprise from a young man, Graham, who wanted to " pay it forward and give back". He felt that most people want to volunteer and contribute to a cause but the challenge is following through. He said it is often hard to know which organization to help, what process it is to get involved and also to know where your donations are actually going to. So Graham decided to help us,with the help of ten of his friends which quickly grew into 20, by making baskets for our families. He felt this was a way to help people directly and make a difference in their lives.
Graham was inspired by a worldwide movement called International Basket Brigade founded by Anthony Robbins. This Brigade is built on a simple notion - one small act of generosity on the part of one caring person can transform the lives of hundreds. Graham's favorite quote from Anthony Robbins is "I'm proud of human beings because they get excited to contribute once they have had the chance to experience it, not just talk about it.
Graham believes it is in all of us to help people who are less fortunate. All he has to do is put himself in someone else's shoes for a second and he's immediately motivated to help that person. It lets people know that others care.
We selected some families who we felt needed these baskets. Well, Graham and friends outdid themselves and we were overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness and generosity of their donations. Our families were so overjoyed as this was their first experience receiving this type of generosity.
I too, am inspired by Graham and his friends and I like the of simplicity in all of this and that "just a group of friends" decided to give and it made a difference to a number of our families this year.
So a big Thank You to them. This is another lovely Christmas story of people caring and acting on it.
SVFP will reopen January 6th .
Trudeau Family Drop-In,
Regular program restarts Jan 2014 until March 2014.
Wonder of Learning Program at Trudeau
(second session TBA)
Wonder of Learning Program at Moberly Elem. School.
Second session starts Jan 21- Apr 15th 2014 . There will be no program every second Tuesday for staff meetings.
New Site at Tecumseh Elementary School!
Wonder of Learning program at Tecumseh , Jan 15 - Apr 16,2014 - second session
Oct 4 - Dec 20th - PIRS will run a Friday morning program at Tecumseh from 9:15 to 11:15 . No programs of Pro-D Days
Stay tuned for updates on new programming and our renovations.