The Foundation is committed to building healthier communities through the generosity of our caring supporters. Each donation helps strengthen our ability to meet the current and growing health care needs in our region and touch the lives of those in need. Below are some of the ways the resources have made a difference through grants recently awarded.
Aberdeen Supports Individuals with Mental Illness
The Foundation recently provided a $6,500 grant to True Experience, an organization in Dunnville, ON that provides supportive housing, a community work program as well as social and recreational supports to individuals living with mental illness. The grant is funding the PHINN (Promoting Health, Introducing New Networks) program for recreational and cultural outings for the clients.
"Robert" was diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 22 and has been participating in the community work program for the last 27 years, providing lawn maintenance to local customers, including many seniors.
Robert states "It's not just sitting home collecting money. I get to get out into the community" and "it provides a decent income to supplement my ODSP".
He also takes part in the weekly walking program funded by Aberdeen which has helped him maintain mobility for the physical requirements of the work program.
With no immediate family, True Experience plays a large role in his life.
Recently, Robert took advantage of a recreational outing to the Ripley's Aquarium in Toronto, which was a once in a lifetime opportunity for him. He loves animals and thoroughly enjoyed the experience and is looking forward to the next outing to a Blue Jays game in Toronto, as he is an avid fan.
Robert gratefully acknowledges "The Aberdeen funding has given us opportunity to experience recreational activities that we wouldn't be able to otherwise".
"Kyle" is another client who has benefited from the Aberdeen funding.
Recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Kyle has been involved with True Experience for just over a year. He took part in the RACE (Relaxation And Creative Expression) program which ran for 8 weeks and focused on different forms of art in conjunction with meditation exercises for relaxation.
Kyle has an arts background and enjoyed the various activities including painting and clay work. He also found the meditation techniques helpful and still uses them at home to counteract the jitteriness caused by his medication.
Kyle also took part in the Ripley's Aquarium outing and was blown away by the exhibits. "I was actually flabbergasted by the Aquarium. I really, really enjoyed it."
For further info on True Experience please call (905) 774-6165.