Rspace was introduced in 2012 as a multi-ministry program to provide services to persons with developmental disabilities in conjunction with facing additional challenges within their lives. This has defined the program to provide complex type services as these persons can present high risk lifestyles and require the assistance of multiple community resources. This program runs on an ‘Outreach Model’ of support services.
Individuals receiving services in our program have experienced frequent homelessness; have addictions and mental health disorders. Historically, many have had difficulty accessing the community because of their state of intoxication &/or history of criminal or socially unacceptable behaviours.
Peak assists with various types of support strategies:
Harm Reduction: Peak has been utilizing and adapting various harm reduction models to deliver services. While still experimenting to identify Best Practises, Peak has been successful in achieving improvements in the quality of life for individuals.
Medical & Dental: Peak provides access to healthcare while promoting consistency such as visiting the same doctor which can increase physical oral and mental health. Individuals in R Space are supported to access mental health and/or addiction services.
Health & Hygiene: When homeless, people may not have daily access to bathing facilities and storing personal items. Securing access to a shower, having hygiene products and having clean clothes available makes a big difference in people’s lives! Opportunities for a meal or a snack that you’ve made yourself are important skills to acquire or maintain. Peak supports these types’ activities through R Space.
Community Access: Social inclusion is an optimal goal of this program. Supports are provided to help get identification, bus passes, access government services, access to the community including healthy activities.
Interpersonal Relationships: Healthy relationships are described and modeled to encourage positive experiences; replacing unhealthy relationships with positive supports is a key to success. R Space has done this by attempting to build positive relationships amongst the individuals receiving supports and encouraging opportunities to connect with friends and family members in a positive environment.
Housing & Home: The Peak R Space Program has the opportunity to provide independent living supports to individuals who are experiencing homelessness challenges. Fostering a desire to have and maintain adequate housing is of equal if not higher precedence to providing various supports such as housekeeping, grocery shopping, etc.
Cultural Programs: R Space Program puts significant emphasis on culture in their programming as the majority of the individuals receiving supports are aboriginal. The Seven Grandfather Teachings have been incorporated into service delivery. Having an Aboriginal Elder involved adds dimension, especially with helping re-establish lost identities and build self-esteem. Incorporating cultural into activities such as Blackfoot class, Art Class, playing aboriginal music and movies, visiting historical sites and attending Pow Wows has provided an added richness in service delivery. Peak has a respectful relationship with a group of aboriginal people wanting to establish a Traditional Drum group.