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RDCF supports CASASC Help Line

The Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre (CASASC) recently received funding from the Red Deer & District Community Foundation (RDCF).

CASASC Executive Director Patricia Arango (middle right) and CASASC Crisis Support and SART Manager Erin Willmer (middle left) accepted the $10,000 spring grant funding from RDCF Executive Director Erin Peden (right) and RDCF Community Engagement Coordinator Danielle Stewart on May 31.

The grant awarded to CASASC supports the ongoing operation of the 24 Hour Sexual Violence Phone, Text and Webchat Help Line.

The help line is a community-driven support line available to anyone within the community, anytime of the day, who is affected by sexual violence. Anonymous, confidential support, information and referrals are provided through this volunteer-driven help line.

Whether you’ve recently experienced sexual violence, you are a friend of someone who has in the past, or you are a support person who has a question, trained volunteers are there to listen and support. They are here to connect with you where you are and empower you to your next steps towards healing. This line is available to anyone in need across Alberta 24 hours a day.

The help line provides around the clock support in real-time, assisting with immediate issues of stress, distress or triggers. Throughout the pandemic the help line saw a substantial increase – in December 2021 the help line saw a 45 per cent increase in demand for service compared to December 2020. Over the past year, the line responded to 1,654 unique calls for help.

The funds from the RDCF were generously given from the Spring grant cycle. RDCF we received a total of 31 applications, which is nearly double the amount of applications they typically receive. The total requested in grant applications was spread across various areas of focus for a total of $444,780 given out to the community.

F12.net supports CASASC

CASASC recently received a donation from F12.net.

CASASC Executive Director Patricia Arango (right) accepted the donation of $3,535 from Wade Bayntun (left) of F12.net Red Deer.

F12.net provides IT support and productivity solutions to help organizations be their best.

The donation to CASASC will be used towards counselling services.

Scotiabank Supports CASASC

The Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre (CASASC) recently received a donation from Scotiabank.

CASASC Executive Director Patricia Arango (right) accepted the donation of $451 and comfort items from Scotiabank Business Advisor Jennifer Forrest (left) on January 19.

The generous donation, including items like blankets, journals and fuzzy socks, will be used for the CASASC SART program.

CASASC offers a 24-hour Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). This team is a collaborative partnership between CASASC and the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre. Together support and treatment is provided to those who have experienced recent sexual assault.

The Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre completes sexual assault exams for anyone within the Central Alberta Region and is the main regional artery and contact for towns and cities between Edmonton and Calgary. If a survivor decides to seek medical support at the hospital, it is reassuring to know a trained team is there to meet them and provide the best patient care and support.

When in the hospital, the survivor may also choose to speak with a CASASC trained SART member, who provide information and support. SART members offer each individual a care package that includes comfort items like a blanket, slippers or socks, a journal or a stress ball.

These comfort items provide individuals with a small piece of solace during a trying time. Each pair of slippers or blanket provided show compassion, care and love from the community.

SART members are there not only to support the survivor, but also their family members or anyone who may have come with them to the hospital.

The Central Alberta SART team provides in-hospital support to over 130 individuals each year.

The donations were collected during the month of December 2021. Two Scotiabank locations in Red Deer (Scotiabank – Gaetz Avenue + 45 Street and Scotiabank – Gaetz + 67 Street) chose CASASC as their charity of choice. Throughout the month the two teams collected donations, both cash and items, from staff and customers.

Thank you so much for your support.

Mastermind Toys Red Deer Supports CASASC

The Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre (CASASC) recently received a donation from Mastermind Toys Red Deer.

CASASC staff accepted the 32 Creatable World dolls from Mastermind Toys Store Manager Breanna Gilbertson on July 20.

The generous donation of dolls to CASASC will be used in the play therapy program. Play therapy is generally used with children ages four to 12. It provides a way for them to express their experiences and feelings through a natural, self-guided, self-healing process. Children’s experiences and knowledge are often communicated through play. In 2020, 38 per cent of CASASC’s counselling clients received play therapy.

Servus Credit Union supports No Secrets

The Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre (CASASC) recently received a donation from Servus Credit Union.

CASASC Community Support Services Coordinator Carlia Schwab (left) accepted the $3,000 donation from Servus Credit Union North Hill Branch Manager Vangi Willington on Nov. 6.

The donation to CASASC will be used towards program materials for the new No Secrets classroom activity box.

No Secrets is a personal safety program for children ages 5 to 9 (Kindergarten to Grade 4) with a focus on child sexual abuse prevention. No Secrets provides a forum from which children can discuss safe and unsafe touching, body parts including private areas, feelings and who you can tell. In 2019, No Secrets was presented to over 13,000 students in Central Alberta.

Soroptimist International of Central Alberta supports CASASC

The Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre (CASASC) recently received a donation from Soroptimist International of Central Alberta.

CASASC Communications Specialist Sarah Maetche (left) accepted the $2,150 donation from a Soroptimist representative along with other receiving organizations on Thursday, June 25.

The funds were generated from the Vagina Monologues event held in February. The Soroptimists raised a total of $17,200 and channeled the funds to seven organizations that support women and girls in the central Alberta region.

TELUS supports No Secrets education program

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The Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre (CASASC) recently received a donation from the TELUS Payday Lottery Committee for the No Secrets education program.

CASASC Executive Director Patricia Arango (left) accepted the $5,000 donation from TELUS Representative Marlene Duce (right) on April 13.

No Secrets is a personal safety program for children ages 5 to 9 with a focus on child sexual abuse prevention. No Secrets provides a forum from which children can discuss safe and unsafe touching, body parts including private areas, feelings and who you can tell.

The donation to the Kindergarten to Grade 4 sexual violence prevention program will be used towards program materials.