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.
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.
SCI is supporting programming for the Kashechewan First Nation. This community of 1,900 residents located on the Albany River in Northern Ontario has required frequent evacuation support during emergencies such as flooding. Under the ‘Creating Safe Environments’ Program, the Canadian Red Cross will work together with the community to create a safer place, rooted in Indigenous culture and practices.
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.