About Portage

07-01-2011

Thanks to the efforts of Portage Atlantic’s annual campaign committee and the generosity of our donors and volunteers, we have reached our 2010-2011 annual campaign goal of $150,000, which will have a very meaningful and tangible impact on the youth seeking treatment at Portage Atlantic’s rehabilitation centre at Cassidy Lake.

Funds were raised for three basic areas of need; aftercare services, extracurricular activities for residents, and continuing education opportunities for staff members.

As the Portage saying goes, “only you can do it, but you can’t do it alone”. On behalf of the youth at Portage, Cassidy Lake staff members, and the Portage Atlantic regional board, thank you for your support.

Read on for more details on how the money has been spent at Cassidy Lake:

Aftercare Services
Social reintegration groups for youth who have been at the residential treatment centre at Cassidy Lake are held on a regular basis in Moncton, Fredericton, Saint John, and Charlottetown, PEI, as are family support groups. Portage Atlantic will soon be welcoming a new Aftercare staff member who will bolster the reintegration services provided to help these youth maintain the competencies and attitudes they acquired during the residential phase of their treatment.

Aftercare Services also include the Continuum of Care Program, through which Portage maintains contact with youth who have left Cassidy Lake before completing the residential treatment program. Now following over 130 people, the Continuum of Care Program, like the Aftercare Program, provides ongoing support to these youth in need for a period of two years through phone calls and support groups.

Extracurricular Activities for Residents
The Portage Atlantic Annual Campaign has helped fund new extracurricular activities for the boys’ and girls’ communities at Cassidy Lake. These activities are an important release for residents and an opportunity to put into practice the competencies that they learn in therapy.

Among the new activities:

  • The girls’ community has now incorporated music and journaling therapy into their program
  • New yoga mats and DVD’s have been purchased
  • The residents have been learning about landscaping through a ‘youth at risk’ and volunteer project
  • The boys’ community is still attending the ever-popular judo classes
  • A new project where youth achievements are formally recognised before their peers and staff
  • A recent art therapy class had youth transform a canvas using the “Naïve Art” technique, into a painting named “Speechless”
  • Both communities enjoyed a ski trip to Poley, horseback riding, canoeing and rock climbing at Broadleaf Ranch
  • Cassidy Lake received a donation of new snowshoes, which residents enjoyed this past winter

Educational Opportunities for Staff Members
Learning transfer from staff members to residents is an important part of the treatment program at Portage. This campaign year, Cassidy Lake staff members had access to the following training courses and presentations, among others:

  • Basic Principles of the Therapeutic Community
  • Treatment Planning and Goal Setting a Therapeutic Recreation course presented by Thomas Legl
  • Fetal and Alchohol Syndrome training offered by the Federal Department of Health
  • Presentation on date violence by NB Public Legal Aid (PLEIS)

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