Around the Mission Blog
Welcome to Around the Mission, a blog that focuses on different areas of Community Missions, the work that is being done here and the people being served. Please bookmark this page and follow us on Twitter @cminiagara to find out more about what's going on at the Mission and to see when new entries are posted to the blog.
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REACH (Residential Environments Allowing Children Hope)
Division of Community Missions provides a safe haven for neglected, abused and
troubled youth, ages 7-17.
Project Connect Niagara, an event designed to connect those in need with critical services in a "one-stop" venue, will take place on Wednesday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Heart, Love, and Soul Inc. in Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Twenty-five years ago, the National Association of Letter Carriers launched an idea, of collecting food for the needy as part of their community service effort. What began as a humble drive in 10 cities has now grown to a nationwide force of giving back!
Individuals and groups from all over the Niagara region enjoyed spending a beautiful spring day outdoors while also supporting a great cause! This year's Walk for Niagara was held on April 25 at Whirlpool State Park. Over 100 participants, along with approximately 15-20 four-legged friends, supported Community Missions by collecting sponsorships and donations.
To mark Earth Day this year (April 22, 2015), clients from Community Missions' Mental Health programs participating as gardeners in the Gardens of Compassion project visited the greenhouses at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County (CCE) in Lockport, N.Y.
Earlier this week, members of the Juvenile Re-Entry Taskforce attended a training session hosted by Community Missions.
As spring approaches, a sense of renewal has been established here at Community Missions. A past program for children in the local community has been re-established. Kids Café, now offered to children up to age 12 and their families, is a program providing entertainment for families in the Niagara region, free of charge.
There are many services planned for the Niagara area around Holy Week.
Please see the list below for many (though likely not all), of the
services being offered around the area.
StickersBanners.com recently joined the efforts for Community Missions' 18th Annual Sweetheart Dinner, coming on board as the Step & Repeat Backdrop Sponsor for the agency's event, to be held on Friday, Feb. 6 in Niagara Falls, N.Y.
A youth care worker's experiences as an intern at Aurora House, our community residence for severely emotionally disturbed youth.
In 1996, Residential Environments Allowing Children Hope (REACH) was officially adopted as the Youth Division's title. Among REACH's programs is a Youth Community Residence named Aurora House. Youth in the program have mental health diagnoses and Severely Emotionally Disturbed classification.
For the past three years, Community Missions has partnered with Niagara County Community College to offer a weekly non-credit course for those in the Parole Re-Entry program. The course, called Basics for Vocational Preparation, is instructed by volunteers and primarily covers skills necessary for obtaining and maintaining employment.
Our sincere appreciation is given to the following individuals and groups for their generosity for and the participation in the Tidings of Joy Campaign of 2014.
Through the generosity of Bob and Jan Inwards, Community Missions again provided family and individual portraits during the Christmas season. This is the third year the Inwards gave of their time and talent to present the opportunity for this special gift to 33 of those who use the mission's services.
Beginning in October 2014, the Juvenile Intensive Case Management (JICM) program at Community Missions will expand to include a new branch, Females Offering Resiliency, Confidence and Empowerment (FORCE).
On average, the Furniture Giveaway services more than 20 families each month. The program provides home furnishings and mobility equipment on an appointment basis only.
So often we are asked, "What can I do to help the Mission?" So we came up with 20 ways that anyone can help the agency:
The popular Sunday Cabaret will return this September, and will once again
run throughout the next several months, concluding in April 2015.
On May 29, 2014, Community Missions held its 22nd Annual Awards Brunch at the LaSalle Yacht Club.
The Community Soup Kitchen, hosted by Community Missions, is open to the public six days a week.
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By The Numbers...
In 2016, Community Missions provided:
• 11,104 nights of shelter
• 89,366 meals
• 6,744 individuals with clothing
• 2,295 care days in Youth Services
• 46,888 care days in Recovery Services
• 73,994 care days in Housing Services
• 182 opportunities for Faith Development