MNP partners help Envision help others

Envision Counselling and Support Centre has always been one of the vital community organizations in the area. The need for their services became even more pronounced over the past year, which resulted in more organizations stepping forward to make sure that Envision has the means to keep operating and helping the communities they serve.

Wednesday morning southeast Saskatchewan MNP partners donated $10,000 to the Envision Counselling and Support centre.

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One of the MNP partners David Hammermeister said that providing some help for Envision Counselling and Support Centre was aligned with their latest community initiatives.

"In this past year, one of our focuses has been on mental health and addictions. And Envision, when we looked at their geographical overlap, they primarily (work in) southeast Saskatchewan and that's where most of the partners from our group that have contributed to it are from as well," said Hammersmeister.

Envision does their best to ensure that people in the southeast corner of the province always have a place to come to and someone to lean on if they feel down.  Executive director Christa Daku said last year they expanded their programs, but with the constant support from the community, they were able to get to the end of the year in a good shape.

"We are at the end of our fiscal year, so I'm actually going to get board approval to move it into next year because we are in a healthy financial position right now," Daku said.

"The money will help us maintain the programs that we expanded on like Bridging the Distance … and there are other costs that have come up with COVID, so it will help us to maintain the virtual services that we are now able to offer, even the business Zoom membership is almost $4,000 a year. So, to be able to meet the needs of our people these types of expansions are really, really important to carry forward."

Daku added that the calls for service for them went up about 30 per cent over the last year, but they also experienced a lot of support from the community. The help from MNP came in as a surprise and the organization is really grateful for it, as it will help them moving forward serving their goals.

Daku added that they will be announcing the programming plans for 2021 in April. Follow the Mercury for the latest updates.

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