Canadian Red Cross

Introducing our new community support partner – the Canadian Red Cross.

SCI is proud of its Canadian heritage, and we’re committed to helping Canadians when they need it most. SCI supports the Canadian Red Cross with its community health and wellness, Indigenous communities and disaster preparedness and response programming.

Together, we can continue to build strong, healthy, and resilient communities.

Community Health and Wellness

The Canadian Red Cross is a leader in supporting Canadians who choose to remain living in their homes safely and with dignity through innovative and compassionate community health services. Canadian Red Cross Community Health Services are focused on non-acute interventions that are proactive and solution-based to meet the changing needs of Canadians who wish to stay at home as long as possible. Their services are focused on promoting wellness and social inclusion, and they strive to look holistically at not only the needs of the people they serve, but also their family and caregivers.

A wide range of community support services are offered by the Red Cross throughout Canada to provide daily supports to older adults, people living in vulnerable situations, and their caregivers. They support people as they strive to maintain their quality of life and independence, and when possible, their active participation in society. Many of the Canadian Red Cross Community Support Services are delivered by their team of dedicated staff and volunteers who are highly skilled in the delivery of services such as adult day programs, attendant services for persons with physical disabilities, Meals on Wheels, supportive housing, transportation, and many others.

Indigenous Communities

In partnership with Indigenous peoples across Canada, the Red Cross supports culturally appropriate programming in disaster prevention, response and recovery, as well as education and training to promote safety, health and well-being.

By invitation from communities, the Red Cross supports local programs to help create stronger, safer, empowered communities. Through initiatives like swimming and water safety training and respectful relationship courses, the Red Cross helps communities build capacity and resiliency.

The Red Cross works with local leadership to provide assistance to families and communities before, during, and after a disaster. The key to staying safe is to prepare and to have an emergency plan in place. The Red Cross is honoured to work with Indigenous people, co-creating opportunities to address priorities, and building a strong relationship of community collaboration.

Disaster Preparedness & Response

Through a network of trained volunteers across the country, the Canadian Red Cross can respond to disasters quickly wherever and whenever they strike, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. On average, specially trained volunteers respond to people facing disaster every three hours.

Before a disaster happens, the Canadian Red Cross is hard at work in your local community, planning for the unexpected. Thousands of volunteers across Canada undergo rigorous training to be able to provide assistance during times of disaster.

The moment the call goes out, Red Cross teams head out to help. Red Cross personnel provide care and comfort and ensure that people impacted by an emergency have a warm and safe place to stay. Meals, clothes, and other essential items are provided. After the initial event, the Red Cross works with individuals and families to help address their needs by providing well-being support and referrals to help them recover.