Multiple organizations are banding together to develop an outreach project in the RMWB.
Care Wood Buffalo is comprised of people from Alberta Health Services, Athabasca Tribal Council, Canadian Red Cross, Centre of Hope, CISM for Community, Fuse Social, the RMWB and YMCA of Northern Alberta.
Their goal is to meet face to face with every adult in the municipality and connect them with psychosocial supports that are available in the region to make sure everyone feels supported following the wildfire disaster.
“And the other piece, too, is really relying on our neighbors. Maybe knowing that Bob hasn’t been out in a couple days and helping identify those folks that maybe in a little bit more isolation. So we can go knock on the door, engage with them and provide those services,” says Jennifer Best Senior Director of Community Programs at YMCA.
Speaking on Fort McMurray Matters, Health Promotions Facilitator for AHS Rebecca Thompson says their focus is to not only reach out but also engage the community to promote recovery.
“We are all just living here now trying to move forward with our lives, put the pieces together and find a sense of normalcy. We’re made to be a community with each other and sometimes we forget that when we’re busy.”
In addition to meeting face to face with residents, Care Wood Buffalo will also be holding block parties and attend community events.
The group will launch in the new year.
For more information, you can call 211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org