In fall 2018, the City of Dauphin —with Randy Daley as the chair— started the Dauphin Crisis Prevention Task Force comprised of various programs, services and partners to discuss, identify and plan for some of the needs that were being seen in the community. Some of the concerns identified were increases in food bank usage, homelessness (including couch surfing), poverty and unemployment. Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) staff in various programs (i.e. Health Promotion, Mental Health Services, Social Worker, Public Health) has been participating in the task force. One of the various projects completed was the Dauphin Service Directory for not only community members but also community partners.
In September 2019, the Dauphin Crisis Prevention Task Force (CPTS) committee hosted an Interactive Poverty Simulation that was held in Dauphin and facilitated by the Brandon United Way. The simulation was well attended with various community agencies represented. The experience challenged perceptions, changed perspectives, and strengthened understanding and empathy for individuals faced with limited or less than adequate resources and supports. As a result of the simulation, the committee applied for funding through the Dauphin and District Community Foundation to run a pilot project called "Under One Roof". This program will run on Monday evenings from 5-9 p.m. for eight weeks beginning November 4th, 2019 at the Dauphin United Church Auditorium. It will provide a warm, safe, non-judgemental space with a hot meal and access to a listening ear, which includes information from various community services and programs.
The goal isn’t to duplicate the functions of any other organizations or agencies but to provide an after hour drop in service, supports, collaborate, create relationships, and help individuals find stability in their lives regardless of where they are at on their journey. Services may include health care, housing information, hygiene supplies, community referrals, Sexual Transmission Infection (STI) testing, and harm reduction supplies. At this time, there has been commitment from Canadian Mental Health Association, Housing First, Dauphin Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation, Parkland Crossing, and Addictions Foundation of Manitoba.
PMH will provide outreach services that include vaccinations, Sexually Transmitted and Blood Borne Infections (STBBI) testing and treatment, provision of harm reduction supplies, and other Public Health program services.
The committee knows that there are no simple solutions or easy answers but will work towards meeting people where they are at. They are also reaching out to the community to gather items such as toques, mitts, travel mugs, cards, board games, hygiene products, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and blankets for individuals that attend. For more information, please contact Randy at 204-622-3226.