Community Living Brant’s Pathways team supports people who identify as being homeless, are couch surfing, precariously housed, or at risk of losing their housing in the near future to secure stable housing. Some who are looking for housing struggle with addictions and concurrent disorders. Some are seeking mental health services and support within the community.
Director of Supports and Services, Kaitlynn Gard, feels the current housing situation is in crisis. Her team provides unique navigation supports, community partnerships, and relationships. The Pathways team meets people where they are at and uses a harm-reduction approach.
Pathways takes a community-based approach, rooted in partnership and dialogue.
Pathways builds partnerships with other service providers in the area. Connecting and having conversations with partners broadens the network of resources available.
Gard says we have to ask how to build the network around the person. We need to figure out how to work together so that a person who is accessing different types of services and supports has access to everything they need in a way that is not disjointed, she says.
Gard and the Pathways team are inspired by the stories of people who were once homeless who now have secure, stable housing. They see that having basic needs met allows folks to take strides forward.
Watching people achieve positive outcomes and seeing incremental successes has been inspiring for Gard, she says.
If we could provide opportunities for stable and secure housing, help people to clear pathways towards wellness and have collaborative space between service providers that are offering those supports, that would be the best thing that could happen, says Gard.
Golf for a Great Cause to Support Pathways
Community Living Brant is holding their Annual Circle of Friends Golf Tournament in support of Pathways on Friday, August 12/22 at the Oaks of St. George.
Registration is $120 per golfer and includes a BBQ lunch, 18 holes of golf, golf cart, golfer’s gift, take home dinner and chances to win door prizes. Enjoy competition holes, 50/50 draws, online silent auction and more.
To inquire about sponsoring our tournament, please contact Kevin at 519-756-2662 ext. 208 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to receive supports from the Pathways Services
If you or someone you know would benefit from the Pathways services, please contact Developmental Services Ontario (DSO) to learn more about programs and eligibility criteria.
Telephone: 1-877-376-4674 – Office hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm