August- 2020

Health Update

The fightflightfreeze response is your body’s natural reaction to danger. It’s a stress response that helps you react to perceived threats, like an oncoming car or growling dog. The response instantly causes hormonal and physiological changes. Our clients often feel this way, which is why they come to the centre. COVID has reminded us all what that loss of control feels like.

We are very thankful for Island Health and for Work Safe BC who have assisted us in making a safety plan for the Pregnancy Centre.

What to expect when you visit us. The front door is always locked, please knock. You will be greeted with a masked smile. Next you will be asked some health screening questions. If all is well you will be escorted to the hand sanitizer and one of our support meeting rooms. In these rooms we can be mask free and 6 ft apart.

It’s important to call ahead and make appointments during this time 250-334-0058.

Grief Support Groups are running daily for the loss of a loved one, options counselling, post abortion care, miscarriage support, relationship support and trauma care. These groups run for 8 weeks, 1 hour per week. Registration is required.

20 clients have completed grief recovery since May. Currently 11 clients are participating in a grief recovery group.

We are very pleased with the quality and response to this new program.

Service Delivery Change. The Resource Room was moved to the large storage area and the vacant room has been renovated. We now have 2 Support Meeting rooms. Although, the resource room doesn’t look as big we still have 12 baskets of girls and 12 baskets of boys clothing. Formula, diapers, baby baskets, car seats, breat pumps and strollers. We didn’t lose any of the most needed items for our clients. This process has made our supplies very organized!

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In closing, I often wish I could tell you about the beautiful moments we have with clients. Confidentiality makes that difficult, but I want to share something that happened to me today. I was pulling into the centre parking lot and a young man was waiting to cross the street in front of me, so I stopped to let him go first.  He looked unhappy and he yelled at me, “just go, I’m not worth your time.” I responded out of my window, “yes you are.” He carried on walking and I was left with this lump in my throat and a hope that my words may have a small impact. Oh how those low in spirit need to know that they are worth every second of our time and care.

Thank you all for caring.

Special thanks to CVCF and VCGS for stocking our Resource Room. We are so grateful!

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