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VISION All youth and their families living in Health, Safety and Harmony

HomeBridge Youth Society


Fiscal Year April 1, 2017 - March 31, 2018


Message from the Board Chair

O n behalf of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to provide the following report of our work this year. It is not uncommon for a volunteer Board of Directors to be perceived as symbols of power in an organization. This is understandable but not at all how we see our roles. While the Directors come from diverse backgrounds and professions what unites us as a passionate and driven Board is the vision of helping youth and families in Nova Scotia.

Navigating what can be the troublesome waters with respect to effectively governing a not-for profit service like HomeBridge is not without its complexities. The essential elements that make up the cornerstones of wise Board governance must be embraced and adhered to much like one needs to with for-profit service models. This is an obligation and privilege, we on the Board, take very seriously. The role of the Board and its accountability to excellence and ethical operations is far more rigorous than ever before. This is an important shift and commitment to ensure only the best services exist to help youth and their families. It is essential that we build and leave a legacy for new HomeBridge Directors who come after us so they are able to pick up where we leave off in order to sustain the best practices that we endeavor to make permanent. Our strategies to arrive at this place of excellence have included extensive Board education ranging from learning about how young people come into care and trauma informed theory, through to competent governance practices. We also make it a priority to have passionate individuals with a range of competencies and diverse professions represented on the Board. Every Director is on a committee that ensures the efficacy of our strategic goals are monitored and realized. Some of the important tenets we espouse include; inspiring commitment, listening and responding with respect, challenging thinking and action and providing resources. All our hard work and diligence will not get us the entire way to excellence. To arrive at that place includes the help of our many supporters within the HBYS community. The Department of Community Services makes it possible for HomeBridge to complete its essential work. Historical support from St. Paul’s Home Board helps us ensure that we have places for the young men and women to stay. The Department of Education has supported our efforts to meet the unique learning needs of the young people we serve. All of our therapeutic programs and recreational opportunities would not exist without the support of professionals and our donors in the broader community. Finally, I continue to be honored and amazed to be a part of the exceptional professionals at HomeBridge who are in charge of the operations and care that the young people receive. Together I truly believe we are making a difference. Respectfully, Deanna Severeyns, CPA, CA Board Chair


Message from the Executive director


t continues to remain my privilege and honour to address you in this report. While HomeBridge stays its course on the journey leading to excellence we are often asked to be positive, solution-focused and optimistic for the sake of others. I am not convinced these positions and attitudes lead to wise decisions and actions. We all understand that having hope is essential but are we all as certain on how we get there? I worry sometimes that I forget, because of my privileges, that having optimism and being positive may be nothing more than another expectation placed on others that can lead ironically to resentment. Have we ever wondered how easy it is for most of us to be positive and optimistic as we go home every night to our families? How easy it is to be positive when we know someone will be worried if we don’t come home? How easy it is to be optimistic when we are surrounded by those we love and feel what should be an inalienable right and that is to belong, to be accepted, to be loved. It may be as important to step down off the mount of being optimistic, solution-focused and positive and with courage step into a reality that plagues many families and young people in Nova Scotia; that place where hope is elusive. Maybe there, in that space without hope, where many Nova Scotian youth spend their lives, we too will find the irony in asking someone to be positive. We may learn being positive is a place of privilege and often an unhelpful stance to ask of others. Maybe it is a mantra for those who are frightened to be without hope themselves and try to make it simple to avoid the reality of the the dire lived experiences of some. For sure, it is far more complex than just having a positive attitude. What if we all took a deep breath and stepped into that space of hopelessness and allowed ourselves for only a moment to be where many really live their lives, to be once again grounded to better understand what we need to do to create hope? There are those who, for now, need our certainty. Our certainty can come in the form of competency, high quality care and deep understanding. These are tangible elements we can manifest along with a positive attitude. Employees at HomeBridge understand within their own professions that striving for excellence and competency is essential to serve those who depend on us. The Board of Directors have incorporated their own scheduled training events from governance to understanding trauma informed theory to ensure they are strongly equipped to lead and oversee the work. We continue to practice effectively with the collaborative support of the province of Nova Scotia though the Department of Community Services funding operations and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal permitting the use of two buildings providing temporary homes. We are grateful to be able to offer respectful living environments provided in three buildings owned and maintained by St. Paul’s Home Board. We are thankful the Department of Education and the Halifax Regional School Board recognize the youth with whom we work need an unconventional classroom environment to meet their unique learning needs while they receive an accredited education. The IWK partnership ensures youth have addictions support and learn more healthy ways to find hope. Without our corporate and community donors the therapeutic programs and recreational activities would cease and with it hope and experiences of success. All I have just listed do not only come with positive attitudes and optimism, they also bring manifested desires to achieve excellence, so the young people we get to know can find the hope that can be so elusive. I understand that no harm will be done by being positive and optimistic. At HomeBridge we also understand it takes real activities, real effort, and an active community to create hope; we get there together. And nothing you do goes unnoticed. Ernie Hilton MSc. CYCA. Executive Director


Board of Directors

Deanna Severeyns, CPA, CA Chair Chief Administrative Officer, Stewart McKelvey

Peter Wong, CPA, CA Vice-Chair Chief Financial Officer, Hercules SLR Inc. & Stellar Industrial Sales Ltd.

Carissa Bordeleau, CPA, CA Treasurer Manager, Deloitte

Members At Large

Johneen Kelly Social Worker, IWK Youth Forensic Services

Peter Mancini, Q.C. Past Service Delivery Director, Nova Scotia Legal Aid

Michelle McCann Director of Risk & Legal Services, QEII Foundation

Tanya Ozard Broker/Realtor, Oceancrest Realty Inc.

Angela Kelly Account Manager, C100 & 101.3 VIRGIN Radio

Jennifer Palov Director, Executive Services, Bell

Steve Foran President, Gratitude at Work

Jim Perrin Superintendent, Halifax Regional Police

Jenny-Kate Hadley Principal, Bedford and Forsyth Education Centres

Dr. Herb Orlik Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, IWK Health Centre, Department of Psychiatry

I learned that I am worth it! -HomeBridge Youth


HomeBridge Youth Society Vision

All youth and their families living in health, safety and harmony.


Using an inter-disciplinary approach to youth care HomeBridge provides youth with experiences of stabilization, emergency placement, therapeutic programming, educational opportunities and longer-term residential interventions. This mandate is achieved through a collaboration with stakeholders, a community orientation, a commitment to youth education, continued professional development, implementation of current evidence based interventions and therapeutic programming.

Individual Youth per Department of Community Services Region or Child Welfare Agency Residing in Facilities - 111 Total


Mi'Kmaw Family and Children Services (12 Individuals) Central Region (60 Individuals) Western Region (21 Individuals) Eastern Region (5 Individuals) Northern Region (13 Individuals)

12% 11%



Average Length of Stay Requiring Emergency Stabilization at the Reigh Allen Centre

Reigh Allen Centre Females


Reigh Allen Centre Males


Individual Youth Served 2017/2018 -111 Total





Total Female (53) Total Male (58)

111 individual youth were served during 2017/2018, however there were 203 total youth admissions to all facilities, which includes a number of youth who had multiple admissions and were served by more than one HomeBridge facility.

Facility Placements of Youth from Outside the Central Region - 39 total individuals

20 51%






Reigh Allen Centre (19) Long Term Facilities (20)

Average Length of Stay in Residential Care - Long Term Homes 250

205 200








Sullivan (Females) Johnson (Females) Hawthorne (Males) Jubien (Co-ed) Cogswell (Males)

Since I’ve been here I learned that people care about me. -HomeBridge Youth




Our Facilities Hawthorne House Part of the HomeBridge Community since 1979 Owned by HomeBridge Youth Society Operating Costs Covered by the Department of Community Services Mandate: Hawthorne House is located in Dartmouth and serves six youth over 12 years of age.

Hawthorne House Team

Johnson House Part of the HomeBridge Community since 1981 Owned by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Operating Costs Covered by the Department of Community Services Mandate: Johnson House is located in Dartmouth and serves four youth over 12 years of age.

Johnson House Team

Jubien House Part of the HomeBridge Community since 1982 Owned by St. Paul’s Home Board Operating Costs Covered by the Department of Community Services Mandate: Jubien House is located in Halifax and serves six youth over 12 years of age.

Jubien House Team


Sullivan House Part of the HomeBridge Community since 1993 Owned by St. Paul’s Home Board Operating Costs Covered by the Department of Community Services Mandate: Sullivan House is located in Halifax and serves six youth over 12 years of age.

Sullivan House Team

Reigh Allen Centre Part of the HomeBridge Community since 1999 Owned by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Operating Costs Covered by the Department of Community Services Mandate: The Reigh Allen Centre is located in Dartmouth and is licensed as an emergency placement and crisis stabilization center. It provides service to male and female youth over 12 years of age who are in need of a stabilization, respite, or short-term placement. The center utilizes an inter-disciplinary approach to create opportunities for behavioral changes within a safe environment allowing young people to experience themselves differently.

Reigh Allen Centre Team

Specialist Beds Program Part of the HomeBridge Community since 2009 Located in the Reigh Allen Centre Operating Costs Covered by the Department of Community Services Mandate: A separate two-bed programming unit designed to serve youth 18-years-old and younger living under exceptional circumstances.

Cogswell House Part of the HomeBridge Community since 2003 Owned by St. Paul’s Home Board Operating Costs Covered by the Department of Community Services Mandate: Cogswell House is located in Middle Sackville and serves four youth over 12 years of age.

Cogswell House Team


Bridges For Learning


he Bridges for Learning program (BFL) opened its doors to the very first student in 2005 and has helped over 500 youth-in-care with their education in the years since. The program focuses on the unique educational needs of each student and uses a strength based and relational approach in the hopes of attaining optimal success with the students. In the 2017- 2018 academic year we received 32 applications, which has been the consistent number of applications for the past two years. The program continually operated at full capacity, with additional applicants placed on a waitlist to be triaged for admission into the classroom. The high school students complete their studies through correspondence courses. Since many of them move at least once during the school year this allows their scholastic program to transition with them wherever they go. The junior high school students receive work packages from their respective community schools. The BFL Team work closely with the community schools to ensure the students’ educational plans are meeting the provincial curricular outcomes needed in each course. The Teacher and Youth Care Specialist in the classroom work closely with each student providing support and guidance with a shared vision for the students to attain academic success. The BFL outcome-monitored and evidence-based reporting system continues to effectively assess the student's progress on a daily basis. Beyond the daily assessment, this tracking system measures academic work completion which assists in determining whether the student has reached the necessary outcomes for credit attainment. This system has become an excellent communication tool used to streamline information to the students’ caregiver. This past year, the BFL Team continued their partnership with the Youth Employability Project (YEP). This valuable addition has offered the students sessions in resume writing, interview skills, and exploring educational and vocational interests. The youth are provided with opportunities to meet with potential employers and practice entrepreneurial skills. Several students have been successful in securing employment as a result. The YEP program lends itself well to the social and emotional learning curriculum which is already a part of their education in BFL. This is an integral part of learning for students as it provides them with the tools to manage their emotions, acquire good decision making skills, and assist in resolving conflict. BFL students also have the opportunity to participate in the Expressions Program of the Arts. Music Therapy and Art Classes are offered in the classroom on alternating weeks as part of their learning experience. This year they also took part in African drumming lessons in celebration of Black History Month. The students have come to enjoy and rely on the Expressions program as an opportunity to freely express themselves in a safe, creative, and supportive environment that has a focus on success. A new partnership with the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and Dr. Shane Theunnesin from Mount Saint Vincent University has created the opportunity for some hands on learning of a different kind. The students were invited to participate in a dory boat building program called “Safe Spaces and Relationships”. Together they built and launched two 12 foot, Bevin Skiffs. This exciting opportunity allowed the students to gain experience in construction and building, planning and design, teamwork, and workplace safety; all important employability skills that will help them in their future endeavours. The Bridges for Learning program continues to be funded through both the Departments of Education and Community Services. Their support has allowed HomeBridge to provide an essential service to an underserviced population that have often struggled in the mainstream education system. The students are resilient and brave. Despite the many roadblocks in their educational path, our students see the value in education and embrace BridgesforLearning the power of learning.


Age and Gender of BFL Applicants September 2017 - June 2018

Child Welfare Agency Referrals September 2017 - June 2018





























Number of Referrals

7 6



5 4 3

2 1 0

1 0

2 2 1


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BFL Applicants from Junior High and Senior High School September 2017 - June 2018


DCS Agencies

32 Students 59%

Junior High (13) Senior High (19)


Referrals/ Accepted/ Admitted September 2017 - May 2018 Total Admitted (23) Accepted (29) Total Referrals (32) 0








Community Schools connected to Bridges for Learning 2017- 2018 Bicentennial School Cunard Junior High Dartmouth High School Fanning Education Centre/Canso Academy Hants East Rural High School

JL Ilsley High School Lockview High School Millwood High School Rockingstone Heights School Sackville High School


The Expressions Program of the Arts


ince the first session in 2004 this therapeutic program has offered over one thousand young people the opportunity to express themselves through the arts and discover talents they weren’t even aware they had. Over the years participants have had opportunity to engage in art, music, yoga, photography, dance, parkour, circus circle and videography. This year the focus was on music therapy, art, and photography. The youth embraced the theme Heart and Soul and engaged in activities that allowed them to express themselves in a safe, creative space. Music Therapists offered both group and individual sessions centered around self-expression and enriching connection to others. During group sessions youth were invited to participate in a variety of musical activities such as song writing and sharing, re-creation of music, music listening and discussion, “jamming”, and musical games. These activities fostered group cohesion and relationship building with the facilitators. Music provides a universally loved subject for sharing, discussion, and creation. The connections created through group sessions foster a safe environment for meaningful and emotional conversation. Many youth worked on learning instruments such as keyboard, drums, guitar, and bass. Some even participated in song writing and recorded original compositions. The participants’ passion for music often acts as a catalyst for success. When youth work toward a musical goal or create something original it increases their belief in their ability to succeed. These participants become empowered by sharing their unique skills, emotions, and abilities through the medium of music. The Art Instructor also provided a variety of mediums for the youth to express themselves through. They explored everything from printmaking and wire sculpture, to pixel and rope art. They even experimented with different surfaces for painting, such as rocks, acetate, vinyl, wood, rope and t-shirts. Participants also learned about different artists throughout the year as they created their own interpretations of Leonardo da Vinci with radial symmetry printmaking, Piet Mondrian modernism with cube grids and pop art paper mache inspired by Keith Haring. Through these types of varied art activities, the youth are asked to try something new, which can be intimidating or daunting. The success they experience when expressing themselves however results in an increase in selfesteem and confidence. The chance to have a positive, rewarding experience through art enriches the lives of the youth, helping to develop persistence, creative thinking, problem solving and motivation. These positive skills go beyond the art classroom to help them evolve into successful adults. The Expressions Program of the Arts provides opportunities for the youth to experience fresh perspectives, feel success, and develop skills in areas which they have never explored. Together with the facilitators and our Youth Care Teams, the young people build relationships and trust, and also have fun. Creativity is an important outlet for feelings and emotions. It can also be an escape from the reality in which these young people live, even if just for a moment. When they are exploring lyrics of their favourite song, contemplating their next colour choice for a painting, or viewing the world through the lens of a camera they are present in that moment and everything else melts away. We would like to thank our generous donors for making this possible. The Expressions program would not exist without their belief in it and their financial support.


Recreation Program

B oth the summer and March Break were filled with fun and meaningful experiences for the young people thanks to our recreations programs. There was swimming and skiing, trips to parks and events, and even some go karting and lazer tag to fill the rainy days.

These recreation and leisure programs were supported by The Home Depot Foundation Canada through their Orange Door Project, Raising the Roof, and the Department of Health and Wellness, Mental Health and Addictions. Their funding supports an experienced Youth Care Worker in the role of Recreation Programmer. The focus of this position is to work with Youth Care Teams to plan and execute outings that engage the young people, keep them active and involved in positive, age-appropriate activities. The program’s budget also covers the rental of a van for transportation and the cost of registration and / or admission for the activities. These recreation programs continue to be a successful means to engage youth in activities that promote physical and emotional well-being and build resilience. Studies have shown that vulnerable youth who are engaged in leisure and recreation based programs decrease their involvement in risk taking behaviours. The youth are offered opportunities to participate in activities that are age appropriate, fun, healthy and foster play, spirit and character; important elements in adolescent development. Current research suggests that people who do not have opportunities to “play” demonstrate a lack of resilience and have a difficult time regulating their behaviours. Play is also often the place where the youth find what they are passionate about which has prompted life altering moments for some youth. We are committed to providing best services possible for the youth served in the HomeBridge Community and a key component of this is creating opportunities where the youth can experience themselves differently. Taking a young person outside of the facility and providing opportunities for them to connect with Youth Care Workers in meaningful ways allows them to build positive relationships that can be very helpful as we guide them through a challenging time in their life. To effectively measure the outcomes of these program data was gathered to inform the future direction of our therapeutic programs. The notable outcomes included: youth from all HomeBridge facilities participated, Youth Care workers noticed a decrease in substance use and other high risk behaviours, and youth self-reported that they enjoyed the outings and wanted to participate in more. These programs added 250 hours of structured activities for the young people and in total 110 youth took part. Some of the most exciting outings included Tidal Bore Rafting, surfing and Upper Clements Park, but the participants also enjoyed mini putt, sporting events and many local parks and beaches. It is evident that these therapeutic programs contribute to the overall well-being of the youth we serve. We would like to once again thank the generous donors who have supported our recreation programs over the past four years. We will continue to seek funding to ensure we can provide these meaningful opportunities and experiences to the youth for years to come.

I’ve done a lot of interesting things I’ve never been able to before coming to HomeBridge such as go karting and skiing. -HomeBridge Youth


Service Delivery Report


omeBridge has always been committed to achieving the best outcomes for the youth in our care by ensuring our service delivery is integrated, transparent, youth-focused, and collaborative. We are focused on ensuring a high quality of service and take pride in what we deliver. Over the past year we have enhanced our services through our partnership with the IWK and collaborative work with the Department of Community Services and other service providers. Mental health and substance use concerns amongst the youth create challenges for their overall well-being and development. Our partnership with the IWK allows us the opportunity to work together with the young people to match the most appropriate level of intervention dependent on their motivation for personal change. While this is a great support, the needed resources available for youth and their families with regards to accessing mental health services remains a concern for the youth in our care and the community at large. Case management teams from both the Department of Community Services and HomeBridge continue to work collaboratively building a high level of trust and commitment to deliver the best possible services for the youth and families we have the privilege of serving together. The complex issues we experience together require our cooperation to provide the young people with the tools they need to make positive changes. Halifax Regional Police and the Sackville Detachment of the RCMP have also been a great support for our Youth Care Teams and the youth over the past year. We appreciate their hard work, dedication, and commitment. We continued to build important connections with service providers and other members of the continuum that influence and inform the youth’s care plan. Many of these professionals were welcomed into our team meetings to speak on their area of expertise so we can continue to learn from each other. Some of our guests included: Tyra Denny - Aboriginal Outreach Colin English - Restorative Options for Youth in Care Karen Daho - Halifax Regional Library Cst. Chad Morrison - Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Drug Recognition Karen Harman - Open Door Centre Melissa Kemp - IWK Eating Disorder Clinic Robert Bartlett - IWK Transgender Youth Consultant Sarah Wickwire & Shelley McGuire - Initiative for Sexually Aggressive Youth (ISAY)

HomeBridge Youth Care Teams continue to build on their skills in order to deliver quality care that supports our vision of All Youth and Their Families Living in Health, Safety and Harmony. Over the past year there have been many educational opportunities for Youth Care Workers. Trainings have included: Non Violent Crisis Intervention, Safety Oriented First Aid, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills, Medication Distribution, Food Handling, Parent Resources for Information Development and Education, The Purposeful Use of Daily Life Events, Mental Health First Aid, Naloxone/Narcan (a drug administered to temporarily reverse an opioid overdose), and Student Advisor training. The Supervisor Team also took part in training facilitated by Jack Phelan from Grant MacEwan University on Developmental Supervision. We continue to have the privilege of ongoing guidance and training from Dr. Thom Garfat of TransformAction International on Relational Practice as well. In short, HomeBridge employees, with the support of our community partners, will continue to build on the foundation that has guided our best practice in providing high quality care for the young people who are part of the HomeBridge Community. Lynn Parsons, Service Delivery Manager


Interdisciplinary Support Team

Supervisor Team

Bridges for Learning Team

Expressions Program of the Arts Team

I got recognized for how good I was doing by getting an Outstanding Youth Award on October 23, 2017. -HomeBridge Youth

Maintenance and Housekeeping Team

HomeBridge gave me a place to stay where I feel comfortable and can be successful. -HomeBridge Youth

Kitchen Team


Therapeutic Programming

T he purpose of this programming is to enhance the daily living skills of the youth we serve. Our objective is for the youth to be able to adapt these learned skills in a variety of life settings. Skill development is implemented

through a unique blend of Activity Based Therapeutic Life Skill Development enriched with Service Learning opportunities. Program planning remains deeply rooted in our Care Planning Framework, which includes Mastery, Generosity, Belonging, and Independence.

The Service Learning programs this year included our 6th Annual Farmer’s Market, the development of natural products to sell and our ongoing Discovering Food program that gives back to the community. The Farmers Market continues to be a successful program thanks to support from the Youth Development Initiative, Dempsey Corner Orchards and the Dartmouth Seniors Service Centre. The youth, who travel to the Annapolis Valley to harvest produce, prepare their goods for sale and operate two public markets, gain valuable employability skills through this program. They also get the opportunity to give back to the community as they sell their produce at a reduced cost for the seniors market. We were very excited to move the public market from the Reigh Allen Centre to Alderney Landing this year. This professional venue really elevated things for the young people who took part as their customer service skills were tested with high volumes of foot traffic. During the Farmer’s Market the youth launched “Teen Spirit” a line of natural pet products. This initiative was developed through an entrepreneurial program in partnership with the Youth Employability Program (YEP). Weekly sessions with the facilitators from YEP taught them entrepreneurial skills including product development, marketing and customer service. The group’s signature product was a tick repellent spray for both dogs and people coupled with a plastic tick removal tool. They chose a pet-friendly essential oil mixture for the spray and 3D printing for the tick tool. They also made a variety of specialized, grain free dog treats which were included in both the Farmers Market and a pop up stand in front of the YEP offices. “Food Fridays” continue to be everyone’s favorite day at the Reigh Allen Centre as well. The youth learn basic cooking and food handling skills through this program as they plan and prepare a meal for everyone to enjoy. They have experimented with all kinds of cultural dishes and some of their favorite comfort food as well. The life skills learned through this program are excellent, but the youth also love that the loonies and toonies collected from those who come to enjoy their culinary delights are theirs to donate to the charity of their choice. This year they chose Supportive Housing for Young Mothers (SHYM) as the beneficiary of their donation and decided to fill Christmas stockings for the young mothers and children who reside there. Therapeutic programming is not always about employability skill development, service learning and life skills. Sometimes it’s just about taking a break from their current situation and having fun. Anyone who has attended our Annual Holiday Coffee House can confirm that this event is definitely all about fun. This year the youth created their own reality show called Santa’s Den as part of the event. Modeled after the popular television show, Dragon’s Den, their version had inventors present their holiday creations to a panel of judges that included Scrooge and Santa. Some of the inventions were serious and some were down right hilarious, but in the end a young man who presented “Anxiety Snowman” as a way to manage stress over the holidays won the hearts of everyone in attendance as well as the title of winner. This festive event also included performances and a craft sale that was supported by the Expressions Program of the Arts. When the weather is warmer we also like to take programming outside and include some local attractions. Last summer the youth explored McNab’s Island, visited parks and beaches and even braved the waves at Tidal Bore Rafting. During these activities they develop healthy interests, make connections and create memories and experiences that may help shape their future.


We strive to create as many therapeutic experiences and positive opportunities as possible for the youth. This includes a long time partnership with ALATEEN. This program provides the young people with education and coping strategies when having to deal with alcohol misuse in their home environments. The youth appreciate the dedication of those who facilitate this program and look forward to attending on a biweekly basis. Daily programming also includes Tai Chi, Meditation, Aromatherapy and HeartMath as methods to help the young people enhance their overall health and well-being. Our goal continues to be providing youth with healthy alternatives as a way to cope and enhance their lives in hopes that they will continue to make healthy living choices in the future. Please see below for a more complete list of structured programs offered. Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens The Anxiety Workbook for Teens The Anger Workbook for Teens Entrepreneurial and Service Learning YWCA Discovering Life Skills What Have I Done? A Victim Empathy Program for Young People ART Aggression Replacement Training MAPSTARS Conflict Resolution – Bully Prevention Program The Six Pillars of Character Development (trustworthiness, responsibility, respect, fairness, caring and citizenship) Drug and Alcohol Awareness Smoking Cessation Healthy Relationships Sexual Health Cultural Awareness Caring for Your Body (hygiene/puberty) Discovering Food (Nutrition and Culinary Skills) Self-esteem Recreation and Leisure Development

Skiing was the best part of March Break because I’ve never been able to go. My family never had enough money to go so it was nice to be able to try. -HomeBridge Youth

Communication Skills Assertiveness Peer Pressure Understanding Your Emotions Visual Arts Music Circus Skills Development (unicycling, juggling, tight rope, flower sticks etc) Yoga Gardening Aromatherapy Tai Chi HeartMath Respectfully Submitted Shelley Teal Program Coordinator Dr. T.C.M., Dr. A.C., R. AC


Advanced Training for Best Practice


t HomeBridge we strive for best practice in all areas of our work. This involves researching the latest practices for therapeutic interventions and programming and a constant commitment to professional development for all employees. This year employees have been involved in the following educational opportunities to keep our knowledge current and to be the best professionals we can be:

External training: Association of Fundraising Professionals The Door to Maintaining Strong Donor Relations Seeking Approval, Successful Grant Writing Canadian Society of Association Executives The Best defence is a good offence - How to Boost Your Cyber Confidence Carla Anglehart, Governance and Leadership Consultant Board of Directors Governance Review and Training Presentations with pizazz Chartered Professional Accountants of Nova Scotia Effective Communication Skills for the Workplace Behind Board Room Doors How to Research and Document the Conclusion of an Accounting Issue Ethical Decision Making Build Your Rational Thinking Skills Chartered Professionals in Human Resources Provincial HRANS Conference Building Strong Union and Management Relations Marijuana in the Workplace 2017 Law Seminar Compass Pharmacies / Moffat’s PharmaChoice Medication Awareness Training Naloxone Training Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute Diversity and Culture, Strategies for Working with Differences Department of Community Services Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence Dr. Marion Brown Critical Incident Response Planning Dr. Thom Garfat Relational Supervision Coaching Department of Community Services Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education (PRIDE)


External training: continued HR Atlantic Mental Health and Employees Matter IWK Health Centre Working with Adolescents Around Internet Use – Cyberbullying Jack Phelan Developmental Supervisor Training Mind's Eye Introduction to Visual Facilitation Mount Saint Vincent University Writing Theory and Practice Web Design and Development Nova Scotia Child & Youth Care Worker’s Association Provincial Conference 101 Ways To Change The World Nova Scotia Teachers Union Understanding and Intervening with Trauma-Impacted youth in the School Setting TransformAction International The Purposeful Use of Daily Life Events Facilitation and Training Traincan – the Source for Food Safety Basic Food Safety in Canada Tri County Women's Centre Training Forum on Sexualized Human Trafficking and Exploitation

Internal training Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Basic fire safety WHMIS Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety for new employees Responsibilities of the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee Mental Health First Aid for Adults who Interact with Youth Non Violent Crisis Intervention - Trauma Informed Care Non Violent Crisis Intervention, Enhanced Verbal Skills: Applications of Life Space Crisis, and Advanced Physical Techniques Safety Oriented First Aid Student Advisor Training HomeBridge continues to use Skype to make consultation, mentoring and learning opportunities possible with out of region experts at minimal cost. Whether it is individual consults with experts in the field of Child and Youth Care from around the globe or group training that would typically require flights and accommodations for the facilitator, this technology has had a very positive impact on our growth and development.


Sharing Our Skills and Knowledge

W e know it is only with the support of the community that we are able to do the important work we do with vulnerable youth in this province; therefore, it is very important to us give back. Sharing our knowledge and expertise and helping to shape the professionals of tomorrow is one of the many ways that we at HomeBridge try to give back to a community that has given us so much.

HomeBridge offered placements to 12 students looking to gain some front line experience in human services this year. Each student was matched with a HomeBridge Student Field Advisor to guide them on their educational journey and ensure that their individual learning objectives were met. We are very happy to be part of this professional development process as we gain just as much as the students who are with us. The students came from the following educational institutions and programs: Nova Scotia Community College, Ivany Campus Nova Scotia Community College, Truro Campus Mount Saint Vincent University, Child and Youth Study Holland College, Child and Youth Care Worker Program HomeBridge employees also contributed their time and talents by sitting on the following Boards and Committees outside of the organization: Relational Child and Youth Care Practice Journal Board NSCC Child and Youth Care Practice Provincial Advisory Committee (CYCP-PAC) Curriculum Advisory Board: Holland College Child & Youth Care Worker Program International Child & Youth Care Network Board (CYC-Net) Nova Scotia Council for the Family Board Gordon Foundation for Children and Youth Board Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights (JUST)

Memberships: Project Management Institute, Nova Scotia Chapter Association of Fundraising Professionals, Nova Scotia Chapter CPA Canada (Chartered Professional Accountants) CPANS (Chartered Professional Accountants of Nova Scotia) Nova Scotia Child and Youth Care Workers Association

Don’t assume what my behaviors are based on where I live. -HomeBridge Youth

The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) Chartered Professionals of Human Resources Association of Nova Scotia (CPHR Nova Scotia) Nova Scotia Trafficking Elimination Partnership (NSTEP) Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia (APNS)


Meaningful Change


hen the Reigh Allen Centre opened in 1999 as HomeBridge’s emergency receiving and crisis stabilization centre we labelled the living spaces the Male Unit and Female Unit in an effort to recognize the uniqueness of both genders. As culture has evolved and gender-identity is explored they, as labels, are no longer inclusive. The young people have spoken and we listened. With gender neutrality and non-binary inclusiveness in mind, we felt it necessary to change the unit names to better reflect the needs of the youth-in-care to help them feel welcomed, safe and understood. Where better to search for labels that embrace inclusion and speak to a higher purpose of belonging and healing than in nature; where everything exists with a purpose and is welcome. The names of the units were changed this year and unveiled at a ceremony to celebrate this meaningful change. The units are now known as Birches and Cedars. The essence of Birch helps you find your inner support and strength. It roots you in our own centre and helps you to seek and receive support in new ways. It brings healing to relations and breaks generational patterns. It also encourages flexibility while being sturdy and grounded and encourages connections. The essence of Cedar spiritually brings people together and creates a sense of belonging and community. It maintains healthy relationship boundaries and provides strength to examine struggles with others. It opens the heart and creates a calming effect on the nervous system. It also encourages confidence and independence while still reaching out for connection and support for others. HomeBridge was recognized in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly for this meaningful change and for “listening to the youth they (we) serve first�.

I like all the neat stuff we learn about (during programming), like how to calm myself down and deal with my anger. -HomeBridge Youth


Community Partnerships


e believe very strongly in the old proverb “it takes a village to raise a child”. Since the opening of our first facility in 1979, this organization has never stopped evolving, expanding and looking for ways to better serve the young people we have the privilege of working with. This commitment to providing the best service also means that we understand we can’t do it alone. Our “village” includes community partners who bring with them supports and services we could not otherwise offer.

Support and expertise from CHOICES, the IWK’s Community Mental Health and Addictions Services Program continues to benefit our clients in a big way. This partnership has been in place since 2013 as part of the IWK Health Centre’s outreach strategy. A Clinical Social Worker is seconded to HomeBridge 50% of the time. Acting in the role of Mental Health and Addictions Counselor, they provide guidance to both the youth and our Youth Care Teams as they develop intervention strategies together to decrease the severity of substance misuse. The Clinical Social Worker also chairs a Concurrent Disorder Committee which is comprised of representatives from all areas of the HomeBridge Community. The work done through this committee has helped members gain a greater understanding of the issues relating to youth substance use, mental health, and concurrent disorders. Dental Hygienist, Olu Brown, also continues to be a resource to the youth. She has a mobile practice called Smart Smiles Dental Hygiene and is therefore able to provide dental cleanings for the young people where they are at in the HomeBridge Community. This removes some of the barriers, including transportation and lack of confidence to go to a dental clinic, that prevent them from having regular cleanings. Dental hygiene is very important for overall health so this is a great resource that we are very thankful to be able to offer to the young people. We are also very fortunate to have partners in the community that work with us to raise funds to support programs that we couldn’t otherwise offer. For the past four years HomeBridge has been included in The Home Depot Canada Foundation’s “Orange Door Project”. This campaign has the goal of providing vulnerable youth with the housing, support and hope they need to live safe, healthy and productive lives. The in-store portion of this campaign allows customers to purchase “paper doors” at the check-out. The team at The Home Depot Dartmouth Crossing worked with us during the campaign and were incredible champions for both the campaign and HomeBridge. Raising the Roof also added HomeBridge as a partner agency this year for their famous toque selling campaign. Since 1997, Raising the Roof has raised over $8 million to fight homelessness simply by selling toques. Our employees join in on those toques sales this year and were very happy with the results as 50% of all money collected came straight back to the organization to support therapeutic and life-skill building programs. Chapters Mic Mac Mall location also invited us to join their sales team for a night. They hosted a FUNdraiser where they donated 20% of all regular priced, in-store purchases to HomeBridge. They say their goal is simple “we want to help you raise money for causes that matter to your community!” Like all of our community partners, they were incredible to work with and we are very grateful for their support.


150 Years of Belief and Blessings


t. Paul’s Home Board celebrated their 150th Birthday this year. That is a century and a half of supporting vulnerable children and youth in Nova Scotia. It is hard to even begin to imagine how many lives they have touched and what an incredible impact they have had on our province during this time. The Board has certainly impacted many lives in the HomeBridge Community and offered a profound support to our organization. HomeBridge has been connected to St. Paul’s Home Board for the past 36 years and we can say, with complete certainty, that we could not provide the services and support we offer to vulnerable youth without them. Out of the 40 young people that can be living in the HomeBridge Community at any time, 16 youth live in facilities owned and maintained by St. Paul’s Home Board. These three houses, Jubien House, Sullivan House and Cogswell House, are provided to the organization for a dollar a year and the Board works with HomeBridge every step of the way to ensure that they are properly maintained and adapted to the ever changing needs of the youth who live there.

St. Paul’s Home Board was formed in 1867 when nine parishioners from St. Paul’s Anglican Church each donated 10 pounds of silver. Their hope was to provide housing for orphaned children in Nova Scotia. Over the years, this group has planned and invested wisely and accumulated land and funds that have allowed them to fulfil the wishes of the original Board members and so much more. On top of providing HomeBridge with facilities, they have also been generous supporters of our Expressions Program of the Arts and our Holidays of Hope Campaign. In 2012, when HomeBridge embarked on a huge renovation project to completely redesign our original facility, Hawthorne House, St. Paul’s Home Board was once again there to lend a hand. The group offered HomeBridge an interest free loan that allowed construction and fundraising to take place simultaneously. This resulted in the project being completed very efficiently so the young people could enjoy the benefits of a therapeutic environment. HomeBridge is just one of the organizations that have been forever changed as a result of this Board’s generous support. On behalf of our Board of Directors, employees and youth (past, present and future), we would like to congratulate St. Paul’s Home Board on this milestone, celebrate with them and express our sincere gratitude to the dedicated individuals who make up the current Board. We wish the organization another 150 years of belief and blessings.

In the Community


eography makes people neighbours, but open communication, mutual understanding and connectedness create a community. The youth served in the HomeBridge Community have all experienced significant trauma. Nothing about their currently living situation is normal; therefore, it is important for them to live in a typical looking home, in a typical neighbourhood. This helps to create some normalcy in their lives and also helps them experience the sense of belonging and connectedness that comes with being part of a community. We work hard to help them build their self-worth and teach them to be generous, responsible community members. This, however, this does not happen overnight and we take our responsibility to be good neighbours very seriously. Every year we produce a Report to the Community and hand deliver it to the neighbours who surround our facilities to keep them informed about the happenings in and around the HomeBridge Community. This is an important part of our neighbourhood relations strategy as we truly value the opportunity to connect with members of the community and to hear their feedback. We also do a Community Clean Up every year in one of the neighbourhoods that surround our long-term facilities. This year was the tenth such event. We focused on the area of Dartmouth surrounding Hawthorne. This initiative allows us to help the young people give back and show their appreciation for the acceptance and support shown by community members. Our employees and youth spend the day making the community cleaner and greener and building positive relationships with those in the neighbourhood then we celebrate our efforts with a barbeque at the hosting facility. This program is supported by the Youth Development Initiative.


Our Benefactors and Supporters Cornerstone Partners Department of Community Services, St. Paul’s Home Board, Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal and Department of Education

Government Agency Support Department of Justice, Youth Development Initiative, and Youth Employability Project

Expressions Program of the Arts Donors Clearwater Ltd, Canadian Progress Club Halifax-Citadel, 100 Men Who Give a Damn! Halifax, Domus Realty, Kiwanis Club of Dartmouth and Gratitude at Work

Summer Recreation Program Donors The Home Depot Foundation Canada through the Orange Door Project, Raising the Roof, and the Department of Health and Wellness, Mental Health and Addictions.

Team Depot

Georges P Vanier Junior High School ME to WE Committee

Donations/Fundraising – Fiscal 2017/2018 Youth Development Initiative (YDI) Farmer’s Market & Community Clean Up Grants . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,164 General Donations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,296 Holidays of Hope (Including St. Paul’s Christmas for Youth) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $8,212 Online Auction 2017 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10,398 Recreation Program (Orange Door Campaign, Peeler Golf cards, individual donors) . . . . . . . . . . . $10,739 Expressions Program of the Arts (Corporate and individual donors) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $18,000 Bridges For Learning (Department of Education grant & individual donor) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $70,024 HomeBridge received/fundraised over $121,000 in fiscal 2017/2018


HomeBridge Youth Society Operating Income Statement UNAUDITED - For the year ended March 31, 2018









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For a copy of HomeBridge Youth Society's audited financial statements please contact Colleen Clark, CPA, CA HomeBridge Director of Finance at 902.466.1439 x 224 or

Thank you to those who contributed to the Annual Report: Deanna Severeyns, Ernie Hilton, Lynn Parsons, Renee Stevens, Jackie Woodford, Colleen Clark, Tanya Shaw, Shelley Teal, and Margaret Lawton.


HomeBridge Donor List - Fiscal 2017/2018 18 Dartmouth Air Cadets Squadron 1st Bedford Rangers, Girl Guides of Canada 311 Customer Contact Centre Advent Gift Bag Program (St. Peter's Parish church groups) Alderney Landing Valerie Allard Allure Hair Lounge Ambassatours Gray Line & Murphy's the Cable Wharf Deanna Archibald Arthur J. Gallagher Canada Association of Fundraising Professionals, NS Chapter Atlantic Playland Balance Fitness Health and Wellness Centre Ltd. Pat Bannerman Joel Barbarush Bellamila Jewelry Trish Bennett Sarah Biddulph Ashley Blissett Jody & Harper Blissett Boston Pizza Robert & Patricia Boulton Dana Bowden Andrea Bowers Majelline Bowes Jennifer Brayton Bev Budden Ian Burgess Lauren Campbell Tammy Campbell Canadian Coast Guard Cascades Day Spa Casey Rodgers Chisholm Penny CBI Health Group Michelle Chalupa Chapters Dartmouth Chatters Hair Salon Colleen Clark Clearwater Seafoods Limited Partnership Coast Tire Cole Harbour Woodside United Youth Group Kari Colledge Amber Collins-Grimmer Compass Pharmacies/Moffat's Pharmachoice Congregation of Notre Dame Visitation Province Centre Colleen Connors Pete Coole Serge Cournoyer Melissa Crooks CUPE Local 4471 Discount Car & Truck Rentals Domus Realty Dulux Paints Eastern Passage Education Centre Eastlink Flower Trends Florists Lynda Foran Mike Foran & Cathy Keating Steve Foran Stephen Fowler Melanie Frost-Goyetche Leon Fulcher Debbie George Carolyn Gerrior Shirley Graham Nicholas Graham & Wanda McDonald Gratitude at Work Wanda Graves Bill & Mary Greatorex Green Diamond Equipment Gerrie Grevatt Halifax Cornwallis Canadian Progress Club Halifax Mooseheads Hockey Club Halifax Radio and CTV Atlantic Halifax Region Children's Aid Foundation Halifax Shopping Centre Halifax Transit

Halifax VR Hampton Inn & Suites Halifax/Dartmouth Head Shoppe (Dutch Village Road) Hercules SLR Inc. Heritage Gas Limited Ernie Hilton Brea Hindy Home Depot (Dartmouth Crossing) Home Depot Canada Foundation Rose Hopkins Mary Ann & Trevor Hughes Geoff Hurley IMP Solutions Intact Insurance Casualty Team Investors Group Invigorate Professional Development IODE Mary Lawson Chapter Anita Jesso Jessy's Pizza Alice Jordan Jotam Virtual Administration Inc. Kartbahn Keller Williams Select Realty Jill Kelly Cabrini Kelly Brian Kelly Shane Kirk Karen Kirk Kiwanis Club of Dartmouth Charitable Foundation La Mission Sainte Familie Michelle LaFosse Cindy Landry Shelby Landry Kelly Lawrence Darlene Laybolt Andrew Leger Roger Leger Carol Lethbridge Lynn Lethbridge Long & McQuade Bill MacFarlane & Susan Hume-MacFarlane Olive MacPhee June MacRae Steve Mallett Gordon Marshall Massage Addict - Cole Harbour Courtney Matheson Mathica Benefits Consulting Michelle McCann Leanne McCarron Chris McDermott Carol McGregor Sue McWilliam Nickerson Ruth Meade Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia Metro Pet Crematory MHCSI (Managed Health Care Services Inc.) Jason Mitchell Caroline Moore Brian Moores Bruce & Lillian Moores Brad Moores Lisa Morin Nicole Mosher Thomas Munro Sara & Rob Napier (and family) Nena Nauss Nan Nichols Kim Nicolaou Karen Noble Noelle's Custom Cookies Virginia Nogler Darrell Nogler & Kate White Jillian Nordin Susan Nordin Northbridge Insurance Nova Scotia Council for the Family

NSCC Ivany Campus Public Relations Students Ron Nugent & Christopher Dawson Trish O'Brien Ocean Park Dental Off The Grill Darren O'Handley OK Tire Open Door Centre O'Regan's Hyundai Dartmouth Tanya Ozard Palladium Family Restaurant Parkland Fuel Corporation/Ultramar Energy Lynn Parsons Anna Plaskett Portland Street Honda Province House Credit Union RBC Royal Bank RBC Royal Bank Lacewood Drive RBC Tacoma Dora Reade Claire Richardson Rick My Trainer Roach Chiropractic Lisa Ross S&C Electric Canada Ltd. Saint Mary's University Alumni Association Saint Mary's University Athletics & Recreation Saint Mary's University Football Blake Sampson Lesley Saunders SBS Computer Repair Ashley Sellon Kelly Shaw Douglas Shields Shoebox Project Shubenacadie Provincial WildLife Park Shubenacadie River Adventure Tours Amy Shurs Jennifer Smith Bonita Smith Smitty's St Paul's Home Stars of Tomorrow Dance Academy Steele Mazda Renee Stevens Graham Swan Meg Taylor Jennifer Taylor Carla Taylor The Big Yes The Bin Doctor The Calendar Club The Orb Factory The Parish of St. Thomas Church at Fall River The Printing House, Branch #054 The Westin Nova Scotia Monica Thibault Patsy Thompson Tidal Impact Touch of Gold Michele Trider Upper Clements Park Patricia Vardy Karen Vissers Brenda Watt Weldon McInnis Barristers & Solicitors Wheaton's Amber White Linda Wilson Salyne Wilson Jackie Woodford Linda Woodford David Woodford Helen Wright Yeah Yeahs Pizza You Rock Art Kelley Zinck

Homebridge Annual Report 2018  
Homebridge Annual Report 2018