Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” At the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime, we honestly feel so fortunate to do this work. We are inspired every day by our clients’ resilience and overcoming. Despite the violence and trauma they have endured, survivors can and do find healing and wellness.
Summertime is usually a little quieter around the office. The federal and provincial governments are on summer recess and people across the country are getting outside to enjoy the weather while they can. Many service providers are on holidays and taking a reprieve from their busy schedules, which is a good thing. Rest is important.
As we gear up for the fall and the buzz that comes with back to school, we are always thinking about improving our services. Ensuring that we offer trauma- and violence-informed services is so key. Part of this work has been to start a peer support group for family members of homicide victims in the Ottawa area. Partnering with the Ottawa Police Victim Crisis Unit, we are now offering a monthly drop-in group where families can connect with others who truly understand their feelings and experiences. Seeing the support these survivors offer each other has been inspiring.
We also continue to search for ways to reach and serve victims using technology. In late 2017, we added live chat capability to our website and hope to eventually add texting support as well. Offering live chat support online during the evenings has allowed us to reach more victims and those who may hesitate to call a helpline for various reasons. As always our goal is to help victims’ access support and provide information to assist them to navigate the criminal justice system.
Every dollar donated in June is a chance to win! As a tiny charity, we rely greatly on financial support from citizens across Canada to deliver our programs, like our Toll Free Information and Support Line (1-877-232-2610), our live chat service and our monthly drop-in support group for families of homicide victims. We cannot say thank you enough to our donors for the difference you make in the lives of survivors, many who contact us for emotional support, information resources and advocacy in their case. In June, if you donate to CRCVC as part of the Great Canadian Giving Challenge, we will have a chance to win $10,000 from Canada Helps. Click here to donate. All donations above $20 will be issued a tax receipt. THANK YOU!