Thank you to everyone who supported our efforts to win $10,000 through this year’s Great Canadian Giving Challenge. Unfortunately, we did not win (Congratulations to Little Trinity in Toronto!), but your donations will be used to support our many programs and services and/or our efforts to expand our existing parking lot (depending on your wishes).
Why do we need to expand our parking lot?
Parking is one of the bigger practical issues here at FTP. There are simply not enough parking spaces at this facility in comparison to the number of women, children and men that we serve; not to mention, the staff needed to provide those services. We know how much it will cost and what it will take to make it happen. The problem is the lack of funding. Our available parking lot spaces would increase from 29 spots to 46. Our accessible parking spots would be closer to the entrance, making it much easier for those with accessibility concerns to enter the building. Clients and staff would no longer have to find alternative parking locations for their appointments.
This may not seem like a big issue considering the sensitive work that we do here, but please consider this:
- 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men experience sexual abuse in their lifetime. Any one you know could be in need of our services and we want to make sure that they can see our counsellors without any additional stress.
- There are up to 12 women and their children living here at our facility at one time who are potentially in high-risk situations. Providing them with safe and accessible parking to make coming and going as easy as possible is important to us.
- As our community grows, the needs of our community grow as well. We are continually increasing the services offered to support the ever-changing and expanding needs of those who access our services. With that comes an increased number of staff. Things have changed a lot since this facility was built in 1997.
If you would like to make a general donation, or contribute to our parking lot expansion fund, please click HERE or contact Kelly at 519-942-4122, ext. 243, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please indicate where you would like your funds to be directed in the dedication option.