Dear Crisis Nursery Supporters!


Nothing is more important than the safety of the children and families we serve, as well as our hardworking staff. COVID-19 has meant some big changes to our programs in a short period of time.

The Crisis Nursery remains open with some changes to our service, as it would be unsafe to admit children with cold or flu symptoms. We are doing our best to keep our service open to families in crisis throughout the pandemic.

With that in mind, we want to reduce the number of kids coming through our doors in order to comply with social distancing, which means we are turning down non-emergency requests for support.

We are not allowing visitors in the building at this time, and we have stopped taking used donations for at least a month.

Staff off on quarantine has increased our costs to continue to operate safely. You can help us by donating to the Crisis Nursery here.

The only items we are accepting as donations right now are bleach, disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer. You can leave these items beside our building if you have any to donate. We have enough for now!

I know that by reading this, you have taken the time to think about the impact of COVID-19 on folks in our community who are at greater risk. Thank you.

That is the love we need to share right now to get through this challenging time. Thank you for being our village.

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Help us with a charitable donation today!

GIVE

The Parent Aide Program is fully funded through the Ministry of Social Services. Alternatively, the Crisis Nursery is only partially funded by the Ministry of Social Services.

As such, the Crisis Nursery relies on community donations and fundraising activities to help fund the 24/7, 365 day Crisis Nursery Program.

The SSPC (Saskatoon Society for the Protection of Children) provides services to children and families that will allow for safety of children and healthy development of families. We do this under our two programs: the Crisis Nursery and Parent Aide.
Who We Are

Crisis Nursery

The Crisis Nursery is a home away from home for children whose families encounter crises of varying degrees. If there is no alternate care available, parents may leave their children at the Nursery while the problem is being resolved.

The Crisis Nursery provides a free service to all Saskatoon and area families in crisis.

What We Do

Parent Aide

The Parent Aide Program focuses on maintaining the family unit and the well-being of children through enhancing family wellness and reuniting children in care with their families.

Parent Aides go directly into homes and assist families with child development, parenting skills, communication skills, and becoming aware of community resources.

In 2019, thanks to the Community Initiatives Fund and a private donor, Parent Aide was able to add two additional staff to work with voluntary families to increase their knowledge and success in parenting. This expansion targeted the waitlist for voluntary support, with a goal of ensuring that all families asking for help would be able to access a Parent Aide. Expanding Parent Aide was seen as the highest priority for the SSPC board, as families who could not access service would sometimes end up with involvement from child protective services. Families belong together and this tangible support ensures that more families are supported for success!
 
Mission

Through preventative respite and active intervention, we work together to strengthen and preserve families.

Families belong together.

Mission

Through preventative respite and active intervention, we work together to strengthen and preserve families.

Families belong together.

 
Vision
Families are actively supported to stay together, keeping children safe, and reducing the need for child- protective services and crisis intervention in their lives and in our community.
 
Vision
Families are actively supported to stay together, keeping children safe, and reducing the need for child- protective services and crisis intervention in their lives and in our community.
 
Philosophy of Care
  • We offer family and child-centred care. We value anti-oppressive and trauma-informed care that respects autonomy and harm reduction. Culture is an important part of the healing journey.
  • We are compassionate allies in the lives of families and children. We are a piece in the circle of care: linking with other agencies will strengthen our support of families and children dealing with systemic disadvantages, discrimination, multi-generational trauma, and barriers to living well.
  • The recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission need to be foundational to what we do. We recognise that the journey of reconciliation is a process, and we wish to create and maintain respectful, resilient relationships.
  • The families and children that we serve have intrinsic rights: to skilled support, confidentiality, safety, information, self-determination and respect.
  • Core Beliefs
  • We prioritise the family relationship as a primary need; families should and can stay together, and if support is needed, we offer it.
  • We strive for a future when the long term separation of children from their extended families and cultures is no longer a common solution to address the lives of families at risk in our city.
  • We respect that we have been invited into the lives of families; families are experts on their own needs. A relationship built on trust is fundamental.
  • We acknowledge, recognise and honour that we operate on the traditional lands, referred to as Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis.
  • The Parent Aide Program is fully funded through the Ministry of Social Services. Alternatively, the Crisis Nursery is only partially funded by the Ministry of Social Services. As such, the Nursery relies on community donations and fundraising activities to help fund the 24/7, 365 day Crisis Nursery Program.

    Please help us continue to assist those children in need here in Saskatoon.

    Find out how you can support us by going to our Give page and making a contribution today.


    Are you interested in applying your skills, knowledge, time, and/or heart to a non-profit agency in Saskatoon? Do you believe in assisting families by keeping children safe and teaching parenting skills?

    Would you like to learn more about joining the Board of Directors?

    Please contact Dionne Miazdyck-Shield, the SSPC Executive Director for more information.

    P.S. We were kids once, too.

    Dionne Miazdyck-Shield

    Executive Director
    Saskatoon Society For The Protection Of Children
    306.242.1082
    director@sspc.ca

    Board Members

    Have we mentioned that we used to be kids?

    Gregg Bamford

    Chairperson

    Trevor Armstrong

    Vice Chairperson

    Alice Kuipers

    Fundraising Chair
    Board Member

    Lorri Arcand

    Board Member

    Gary Beaudin

    Policy and Governance Chair

    John Dosman

    Board Member

    Tamara Pearl

    Board Member

    Lisa Prange

    Board Member

    Lisa Prange

    Finance Chair

    Derek Barss

    Human Resources Chair

    Lauren Willey

    Secretary

    Dorthea Swiftwolfe

    Board Member