Date: May 3, 2018
The Deker Bauer Foundation for Suicide Prevention Resource Centre, located at 385 London Road, Sarnia, ON., will be temporarily halting services as of today. Despite generous support from the community, grants and fundraising efforts, sustainable funding has not yet been secured to pay staff and management. Since the centre’s opening in October 2017, resource and support services have been provided solely by dedicated volunteers. This model has contributed to high staff turnover, supervisory changes, potential for care worker burnout and lesser service.
The Board of Directors recognizes that strong leadership, consistency, and exemplary practice are key to providing the quality of care our community expects and deserves. The temporary halt in service is necessary to review areas for growth as a team before moving forward. Presently, the Board is refining a 3- month strategic plan to contract a Fundraising Specialist, with the intent to secure a grant to hire a Chief Operating Officer (COO) to oversee the resource centre’s daily operations, and an Advisory Lead.
Co-founder and CEO, Teresa Ingles, has been relieved from her position. Her passion, dedication and resilience has been instrumental and inspirational in the development and progress of The Deker Bauer Foundation since its formation in 2014. A succession to the CEO position has not yet been decided.
To those in crisis or seeking immediate support, we encourage you to call the Sarnia Lambton Distress Line at 1 888 DISTRESS (347 8737), or the Lambton Mental Health Crisis Service at 1 800 307 4319. For those seeking resources on suicide awareness and other community agencies, please visit our website at www.dekerbauerfoundation.com.
We would like to thank the community for it’s patience and support during this transitional phase, as we strive to strengthen our team and improve care for you and your loved ones.
**RESOURCE CENTRE SERVICES ARE CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE**
The Deker Bauer Foundation for Suicide Prevention drop in resource centre is a charity organization with a corporate office in Sarnia, Ontario. Our goal is to create a safe space; a place where members of our community can feel comfortable about talking to someone who is there to help.
The foundation has been gifted a home-like environment that will enable us to provide FREE advisory and referral services to those in need.
The services offered at our centre :
- FREE advising for anyone who needs to talk
- Crisis assessments by supportive trained staff
- Helping clients create a safety plan
- Supporting those who have safety plans in place with other agencies
- Follow up with client
- Supporting the clients between appointments
- Advocating on behalf of our clients and helping them with resources within community
- No appointment necessary
With our doors open during the weekends when no other agencies within the community are open, allows us to fill the gap and provide services that are not otherwise available to these individuals.
Fundraising efforts are ongoing to help bring this to fruition. If you would like to help us get there by making a monetary donation, please click on the green “Donate” button to the right.
Our Mission is to strive to understand and help prevent suicide through research, education, and advocacy.
Our Vision is to be the recognized leader in our community providing access to immediate services and resources in our goal to help prevent suicide.
“WE’RE ‘HEAR’ FOR YOU”
The Deker Bauer Foundation
385 London Road
Corporate Phone Number: 519-491-6118