Your gift delivers #GratefulRecovery to 18 Men

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Your gift delivers #GratefulRecovery to 18 Men
Your gift delivers #GratefulRecovery to 18 Men
Your gift delivers #GratefulRecovery to 18 Men
Your gift delivers #GratefulRecovery to 18 Men
Your gift delivers #GratefulRecovery to 18 Men
Your gift delivers #GratefulRecovery to 18 Men
Your gift delivers #GratefulRecovery to 18 Men
Your gift delivers #GratefulRecovery to 18 Men
Your gift delivers #GratefulRecovery to 18 Men
Your gift delivers #GratefulRecovery to 18 Men
Your gift delivers #GratefulRecovery to 18 Men
Your gift delivers #GratefulRecovery to 18 Men
Your gift delivers #GratefulRecovery to 18 Men

For people affected by addiction, recovery means the promise of a better life and is something to celebrate. In this photo Executive Director Bruce Holstead (left) presents a jersey to Director of Communications and Events Robby Sidhu (right) in celebration of his 5 year “birthday”, the anniversary of his clean date. Many of the staff at Fresh Start Recovery Centre are in recovery themselves (Bruce has been clean 25 years). This lived experience gives them the ability to relate to clients from a place of deep personal experience and empathy. It is also part of the reason our staff has such passion for our work of housing, treating and supporting people affected by addiction.

Since our last report in March of 2022, we have achieved the following:  

  • 166 people actively participated in the intensive 90-day Phase 1 recovery program.   
  • 87 people participated in Phase 2 of our program. Phase 2 is a 100-day transitional phase that builds on the work done in the initial 90-day program. 
  • 63 people participated in Phase 3 which includes living in transitional housing units or returning to community with continued access to Outreach support and involvement with Fresh Start Alumni.
  • 31 people participated in Phase 4, living in Fresh Start’s post-treatment housing.
  • Note that the Phase 2, 3 and 4 numbers include clients living in community, in the main Fresh Start facilities or in our post-treatment housing.

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Executive Director Bruce Holstead, and Addiction Counsellor Ian McGregor join 8 clients at a recent Gratitude ceremony. We celebrate the successful completion of the first chapter of their recovery journey. Each of these men have worked incredibly hard on their own recovery, have supported each other, and now proudly join the Fresh Start Alumni. After completion of their intensive 16-week recovery program many choose to move into our second phase housing to continue their supported recovery. Most continue the connection with the Fresh Start Family and come back weekly to show the next group coming in that the program works, to trust the process and have faith. The path ahead may not always be easy, but it is full of promise and possibility.

Since our last report we have achieved the following:  

  • 120 people actively participated in the intensive 14–16-week Phase 1 recovery program.   
  • 88 people participated in Phase 2 of our program. Phase 2 is a 100-day transitional phase that builds on the work done in the initial 14–16-week program.  
  • 78 people participated in Phase 3 which includes living in transitional housing units or returning to community with continued access to Outreach support and involvement with Fresh Start Alumni.  
  • 47 people participated in our Family Healing Program
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Hello,

Here is our report for Fresh Start Recovery Centre's project: "Your Gift Delivers #GratefulRecovery to 18 Men":

Resilience is defined as the ability to recover from setbacks, adapt well to change and keep going in the face of adversity. Learning to become more resilient can offer individuals the opportunity to improve their life, maximize potential and success. 


The same applies to organizations. Fresh Start has shown tremendous resilience over the last few months, maintaining our award-winning recovery program while ensuring client and staff safety through a 4th wave of COVID-19. Since our last report we have achieved the following: 

  • 139 people actively participated in the intensive 14–16-week Phase 1 recovery program.  
  • 88 people participated in Phase 2 of our program. Phase 2 is a 100-day transitional phase that builds on the work done in the initial 14–16-week program. 
  • 94 people participated in Phase 3 which includes living in transitional housing units or returning to community with continued access to Outreach support and involvement with Fresh Start Alumni. 

The stresses resulting from the pandemic on individuals and society at large continue to have a significant impact on people dealing with addiction. It has been challenging for people to maintain contact with the support systems that are a crucial part of sustaining recovery. Nevertheless, our clients, staff, volunteers, and donors have exhibited resiliency that is truly inspirational. 

On behalf of those whose lives are being saved and recovered – thank you for your continued support! 

Photo caption: Celebrating Recovery with Clients

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Rod

Rod Garossino
Director of Fund Development
Fresh Start Recovery Centre
Office: (403) 387-6266
Cell: (587) 777-8332
Fax: (403) 235-1532

411 41 Ave NE
Calgary, AB  T2E 2N4

NOTE: We acknowledge that the process of Recovery from addiction and mental health is greatly enhanced when we respect and understand the land on which we stand, the true history of this land and the teachings of its original inhabitants. Fresh Start is committed to building strong relationships with all original peoples of this land, actively promoting anti-racism and continuing to work towards the equity of all people. Fresh Start acknowledges that our Calgary and Lethbridge Centers are located on the traditional and ancestral land of the Treaty 7 peoples. The Blackfoot Confederacy which is comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai and South of the border, Amskapi Piikani, Nations. This land is also home to the Tsuu T’ina, Wesley, Bearspaw, Chiniki and Stoney Nakoda Nations. It is also home to the Metis Nation of Alberta Region 3.


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2020 Numbers Amid Pandemic
2020 Numbers Amid Pandemic

Your support has helped Fresh Start maintain a high standard of care throughout the Pandemic over the past 16 months.

In 2019, Fresh Start served 167 people in our award-winning, 12 Step drug and alcohol addiction treatment program and in 2020, we were able to help 149 people - only 18 fewer people.

 This number is astounding considering that Covid-19 protocol on entry and detox had to be completely revamped to a system whereby detox was extended from a period of fewer than 5 days to a 14 day wait as detox was effectively converted to a quarantine period to ensure that new people entering Fresh Start would not expose the existing clients to Covid-19.

At the same time, the demand for services has increased dramatically. At the time of the printing of the 2020 Annual Report (April of 2021), the wait list had grown by almost 36% to 163 people and that number was dramatically lower than the Covid high of over 200 people on the wait list.

A February 2021 study by Ipsos highlighted how Canadians were struggling with addiction as follows:

The study says “Sixteen per cent (16%) of Canadians report they find themselves struggling with addiction issues such as alcohol or drugs, more than they did before the pandemic. That number is most acute among younger Canadians aged 18-34, where close to a quarter (24%) say they are struggling with addiction issues. Middle aged Canadians (35-54) also report challenges as two in ten (20%) say they are struggling with addiction issues. There are no significant variations by region, gender or by those who have kids at home.

The national number for those who report struggling with addiction is relatively unchanged since November (19% in November compared to 16% in February), but men (24% in November compared to 18% in February) and those with kids at home (25% in November compared to 19% in February) appear to be faring better now than they were before. Nonetheless, a significant portion of the population in certain groups appear to be facing down not only COVID-19 and the anxieties and mental health challenges that come with it, but also issues around dependency that may persist after the pandemic.”

Thanks to you and your support, GlobalGiving recently entrusted $20,000 USD to Fresh Start to continue to help people struggling with alcohol and drug addiction in the shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic with our 46% greater capacity as a result of acquiring a second treatment facility in Souhern Alberta in November of 2020.

Fresh Start and the people we serve are truly grateful for the direct and indirect support that you have helped to make possible.

Regards,

 

Wayne Steer

Director of Fund development

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Fort McMurray Flooding in 2020
Fort McMurray Flooding in 2020

2020 was a tough year for most of us with respect to COVID-19 pandemic, social isolation and elements of social unrest in many parts of the world and with your help, Fresh Start Recovery Centre was able to help.

For some places like a small city in Northern Alberta, an extra layer of trauma was added and your support as well as the $2,413.26 USD of support from the GlobalGiving Funding Opportunity: Flooding in Fort McMurray and Fort Vermilion, Alberta, Canada helped some of the most severely traumatized.

Between April 28th and 29th of 2020 an ice jam that formed on the Athabasca River caused massive flooding causing over 11.6% of the population to flee their saturated homes. Costs from the flooding were estimated to be $522 million CDN ($383M US) in insured damages, according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada.

You and the GlobalGiving family were able to help 7 men from the Fort McMurray area who reached out to us and specifically help 3 men access Fresh Start’s national award-winning program for addiction treatment for the first week of their treatment and, for two of them, to continue on and complete their 16 weeks of intensive self discovery to change their lives in a COVID-19 compliant environment.

As someone who has been directly impacted by flooding (June 2013 Calgary Floods), I know firsthand the devastating impact that floods and fires have on individuals and families. I also know that the true realization of this traumatic event does not sink in until after the “busy work” of dealing with insurance companies, government and social agencies as well as contractors subsides.

We know from the work that we have done for the past 28 years that we will see greater need from this area of Alberta arising in the days and weeks to come and we are grateful for the support from people like you who make it possible for us to be here when that need arises.

Thanks for your continued support!!!

Wayne Steer, Director of Fund Development

Outcomes of people impacted by Fort McMurray Flood
Outcomes of people impacted by Fort McMurray Flood
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Location: Calgary, AB - Canada
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Rod Garossino
Calgary, AB Canada
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