Every year for several decades the United Way Estevan has conducted successful fundraising and distributed those funds to community organizations. The United Way is a very significant movement worldwide, with nearly 1,800 organizations in 45 countries.
With support provided by numerous volunteers and staff, United Way Estevan creates opportunities for a better life for citizens in our communities.
Learn more about our 15 current Member Agencies:
Canadian Red Cross mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.
The Canadian Red Cross Society is a volunteer-based humanitarian organization active in Saskatchewan since the 1900s.
The society is known for providing emergency relief and humanitarian service to the public through its international, emergency, first aid, water safety and community-based health and social services.
Locally, Red Cross assists people affected by “personal disasters”, (such as a house fire), in the first 72 hours after the incident, providing emergency food, shelter and clothing, as well as referrals and a listening ear.
Estevan area youth and community are great participants in Red Cross Day of Pink – working to end bullying in our communities.
And of course Red Cross is there to help in the event of major disasters such as floods and wildfires.
CNIB is a registered charity, passionately providing community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life.
To do that, our dedicated specialists work with people of all ages in their own homes, communities or local CNIB offices – providing the personalized rehabilitation support they need to see beyond vision loss, build their independence and lead the lives they want.
CNIB Organization provides post vision loss rehabilitation in communities across Saskatchewan. Services may be provided at home or in community settings.
Vision loss rehabilitation therapy helps a person with vision loss regain their safety, mobility and independence. Ophthalmologists, optometrists, and other health care professionals refer people for this therapy as a next step after treatment.
In addition to our community-based services, we also work hand-in-hand with Canadians who are blind or partially sighted to advocate for a barrier-free society, and we strive to eliminate avoidable sight loss with world-class research and by promoting the importance of vision health through public education.
Creighton Lodge is a Level 1 and Level 2 Enriched Living Building; operated by 5 R.M.’s. The R.M.’s of Estevan, Cymri, Coalfields, Benson and Cambria. The Lodge consists of 22 one-bedroom suites, 5 suites with one bedroom plus den, 17 Enriched Living Suites, 2 Bachelor suites and a guest suite for family visits.
Creighton Lodge provides 24 hour staffing in the building to ensure the residents live in a safe and secure environment. The Lodge has a fully operational kitchen and serves approximately 80 meals a day. The Lodge has 17 staff members, who all have the same mind set; putting the seniors first.
The Creighton Lodge Trust is a committee comprised of representatives from the 5 RM’s and one member at large. The Trust committee is always looking for new members to assist them in their fundraising goal of ensuring Creighton Lodge continues to be maintained in the years to come.
Since the RM’s took over the building in 2010 they have ensured that the lodge has been brought up to standards and the waiting list has continued to grow. The Lodge is the type of building where seniors can come to live independently while still accessing some services, such as freshly cooked meals, access to a whirlpool bath, hairdressing services, weekly bingo games, planned entertainment and exercise programs.
In 2015 the Creighton Lodge added a 2000 sq. foot expansion that allows for the residents to socialize, enjoy their entertainment groups, host family gatherings and participate in daily exercise programs. This expansion was made possible by the generous donations from business owners, the residents of South East Saskatchewan and the United Way of Estevan. This expansion has allowed the residents of Creighton Lodge to come together like never before. Thank you to everyone for their dedication to the Creighton Lodge and their residents.
Contact (306) 634-4154
Envision Counselling and Support Centre was created in 1994 under the name Violence Intervention Program (VIP). It was the collaboration of the Estevan Society Against Family Violence and the Weyburn Community Against Family Violence. Both groups had been in existence for more than 10 years. These groups approached the provincial government for specialized services for victims of abuse and violence in Estevan and Weyburn. Funding was obtained for individual and group counselling services.
Once established, VIP started the 24-Hour Abuse/Sexual Assault Support Line to provide support after office hours. The line received 10,000 calls from Saskatchewan callers in its first 10 years. In 2008, VIP went in a new direction. The name was changed to Envision Counselling and Support Centre Inc. and new programs were introduced to enhance the services already offered: Outreach Program, Children Exposed to Violence Program and the Family Support Program, and the Children Exposed to Violence Program.
- In 2010, Envision received funding for the Family Intervention Program, which operates out of Carlyle as well as the Estevan and Weyburn offices.
- In 2013, the Interpersonal Violence and Abuse Program was expanded to operate out of our Carlyle office.
- In 2015, the Family Intervention Program and Interpersonal Violence and Abuse Program also expanded to Oxbow, when a part time office was established.
- Envision now has more than 40 employees, four office locations, and serves a population of more than 56,000 people.
Providing literacy and essential skills programs
Estevan Area Literacy Group is a non-profit organization who helps build literacy skills in our community. We work with children, families and Newcomers to Canada. We offer all of our programming at no cost.
We have offered many programs in recent years that have been sponsored by United Way Estevan including Battle of the Books, Little Language Learners, Book Clubs, Summer English Fun, Wild About Reading, Family Games Night and Talk Time.
Nature Smarts-Summer program for kids to learn about science, stay active and read
Guest Readings-Our literacy Coordinator attends at local classrooms and reads with a group of students
Family Literacy Events-Reading events held the last week in Jan to celebrate Family Literacy Day
The United way is our primary sponsor providing 25% of our total budget. We would like to thank everyone in our community who supports the United Way. Together we are improving literacy in our community!
In 1973, the Kinsmen Club of Estevan established the Estevan Work-Kin Corporation to provide programs as a sheltered workshop for moderately handicapped adults. In 1991, due to government pressures, the Estevan Work-Kin Corporation was amalgamated with Estevan Group Home Services under the name of Estevan Diversified Services Inc.
Estevan Diversified Services Incorporated or EDS for short is a community-based organization that exists to provide a diverse range of vocational and residential services to adults with intellectual disabilities. Estevan Diversified Services Inc. was founded on the belief that persons with intellectual disabilities have the same rights as all Canadians, to live, work, and enjoy recreational activities within their community. To that end, EDS offers programs aimed at achieving a safe, healthy, and productive environment intended to promote and enhance social interaction, personal development, and self-sufficiency.
- EDS as a Service Provider
- EDS as an Employer
- The Day Program
- Resource Center
- Vocational Center
- Supported Employment Services
- Group Homes
- Supportive Apartment Program
- Supportive Independent Living
Estevan Family and Friends is a local advocacy group interested in supporting those with intellectual disabilities in and around Estevan. We believe that everyone should have a choice as to where they want to live and work and what role they would like to play in their community. We encourage those with intellectual disabilities to get involved in their community through leisure, employment and recreational opportunities. Whether people choose to live in group homes, assisted living or independent living, Family and Friends provides the supports necessary for them to be included and accepted in their community.
To provide a warm friendly meeting place for families which will support children and parents in their role and offer information needed to help them through the challenges of parenting and family life.
The Estevan Family Resource Centre is a prevention model of service delivery. We offer a comprehensive range of programs aimed at enhancing child and family wellbeing by reducing family isolation, supporting healthy child development and providing information to support positive parenting. We act as a visible, inclusive and welcoming access point for ALL families in the community and surrounding area.
We provide services in four core areas: Parenting Education; Early Learning: Family Wellness and Support and Information and Referrals along with our Drop-In and play area.
Family Wellness & Support
- Crisis counseling
- Emergency infant supplies
- Prenatal support
- Breastfeeding supports
- Kitchen space & Nutrition programs
- Mental health & wellness
- Life skills
- Formal parenting and early childhood development seminars
- Family literacy and numeracy programs
- Informal drop-in opportunities
- A comfortable space for parents
- Programs starting at birth
- Play based learning opportunities and programs where families interact
- Programs where children can explore art, music, physical recreation and other activities
- Play based early childhood programs that enhance language, literacy, numeracy and social development.
Information & Referrals
- On site developmental screening
- Information about parent & child development
- Registries of early childhood programs
- Referrals to other service providers
The Estevan Family Resource Centre was a project of The Estevan Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse and opened its doors in February of 2002. We are a proud Estevan United Way Member Agency, whom is our major funder. We are not government funded and rely solely on grants, fundraisers, Corporate and Community donations as well as Estevan’s United Way to keep the doors open and programs running at no cost.
The financial support that has been received by Estevan Regional Nursing Home Auxiliary, from the United Way, has made a vital difference in quality of life to the 70 residents in our Home, each and every day.
The ERNH Recreation Department uses the funds from the United Way, to organize, plan and support day to day programming, for our residents. The money donated enables the Recreation department to provide quality programs. Programs that enhance lives, provide entertainment, laughter and creativity. Programs that are centered around wellness and therapeutic. Programs that provide social interaction and so much more. Recreation staff are in place every day, with the exception of statutory holidays.
Throughout the year the Auxiliary provides the transportation fees necessary, for the SMILE VAN to deliver residents to many destinations. These outings include trips such as; Walmart (lunch and shopping), Woodlawn Golf (lunch and socializing) Black Beard’s Restaurant (breakfast), Affinity Place (lunch, then time spent walking around the track or using the library), Dairy Queen (afternoon coffee and ice cream treat), the annual parade in September, Orpheum Theatre (movie & popcorn), Christmas Twinkle Tours.
INTERNET. We have residents of all ages from 50 – 100 and each one has family and loved ones. A lot of times the loved ones live far away. The Auxiliary pays for the monthly internet fee, so that residents can communicate with family using SKYPE. Some residents have email accounts and receive correspondence etc.
BINGO. This is one of the resident’s favorite programs. Our Auxiliary generously supports this program, which happens twice a week.
BIRTHDAY PARTIES. Each month, an afternoon of musical entertainment is planned, followed by coffee and a special treat being served to all. The residents celebrating a birthday in that month are recognized and made to feel special, all courtesy of the Auxiliary.
There are so many other day to day simple, but important programs for residents, for example; Manicures, Crafts and scrapbooking, Root Beer floats on the patio, baking programs. We have a Seniors Auction Hour, where the residents come and bid on various items. Programs change as levels of care change.
ERNH Auxiliary and Recreation Staff, are able to make the simple things special, the ordinary into something more memorable, because we have the ongoing generous support from the United Way Estevan. The time, the talents and the gifts people share, make a difference in our residents’ lives. This is only possible because we have so many people who care, day after day, & year after year.
Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s mission is to enhance the lives of those affected by neuromuscular disorders by continually working to provide ongoing support and resources while relentlessly searching for a cure through well-funded research.
Muscular Dystrophy Canada currently has Mission Staff as well as a Revenue Development Staff for Saskatchewan.
Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s three mission pillars are the Systems Navigation, Research and Advocacy
- Systems Navigation
- Helps our clients facilitate equipment requests, navigate complex healthcare and education systems, access emotional support and networking opportunities and improve their overall quality of daily life. This includes
- Facilitating equipment referrals and funding equipment to improve daily life;
- Family and Caregiver Retreats;
- Emotional and educational outreach - we offer opportunities to build a community of support through presentations like MuscleFacts, conferences & symposiums, network meetings, educational sessions, and community activities like the Walk for Muscular Dystrophy.
- Providing access to vital resources and support systems including raising awareness of neuromuscular disorders, providing information on best practices to improve quality of life and prevent complications.
- Service Specialists function as members of the clinical team at the pediatric and adult neuromuscular clinics across Canada where we work collaboratively with health care providers.
- Our advocacy efforts focus on enhancing public policy at all levels of government.
- Including Letters of support, attendance at meetings and collaboration with community supports.
- Government agencies: federal, municipal and provincial
- We have been funding promising research and searching for new treatments and clinical trials that help Canadians affected live longer, more enriched lives.
- Includes disseminating knowledge on new treatments, the latest research and current clinical trials.
Our website is www.muscle.ca
Twitter is @MD_Canada
Facebook is MuscularDystrophyCA
Families in Estevan have been served by the organization in the past with families still active members.
Muscular Dystrophy Canada works in collaboration with a variety of local organizations. These organizations are but not limited to: DISC, SAID, ALS Society of Saskatchewan, MS Society, Spinal Cord Injury Saskatchewan, and REALM.
Contact 1-800-366-8166 Ext 5401
SaskAbilities’ mission is to work with people of varying abilities to enhance their independence and participation in the community through vocational, rehabilitation, and recreational services.
The Council believes that all people deserve the opportunity to live to their fullest potential.
In Estevan, the Council offers Camp Easter Seal to individuals with disabilities. Camp Easter Seal is the province’s only fully-accessible residential camp, offering a full summer camping experience for children and youth with disabilities, ages 6 to 22. The camp is located near Watrous on the shores of Little Manitou Lake. There is a craft centre, a recreation centre, an accessible playground, an indoor pool, an amphitheatre - all linked by ramps for maximum accessibility. There is an accessible pontoon boat, para water skiing, horseback riding, campfires, singsongs and lifelong friendships!
The average attendance from the Estevan area is 20 campers.
While at camp, campers build confidence and self-esteem, they increase their independence, develop social skills, and experience a sense of inclusion. Families and caregivers benefit from a week of respite; for many families, the only break they have in providing day-to-day care, year-round, is the week their family member attends Camp Easter Seal.
It costs approximately $1,500 to send an individual to camp. The annual cost for individuals attending Camp Easter Seal from Estevan is approximately $30,000. The Saskatchewan Abilities Council is grateful for the support it receives from United Way of Estevan.
Spinal Cord Injury Saskatchewan Inc., established over fifty years ago in SK, continues to assist individuals with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities to achieve independence, self-reliance and full community participation.
Our priority is to reach people living with physical disabilities throughout Saskatchewan, including rural and remote locations, to respond to their needs, along with their families and their community.
SCI Sask partners with leaders in the Aboriginal Communities, municipal, provincial and federal government, as well as other key stakeholders, to facilitate awareness and understanding about accessibility to further community integration in many facets of life.
Our goal is to provide a full spectrum of services throughout the life-long journey of individuals living with physical disabilities by ongoing support, assistance navigating the systems, and creating community links that will empower people to take initiative to be active, independent and self-reliant.
Education and Employment Services
Community Inclusion and Awareness
Contact our Regina Regional Office at 1.877.582.4483; or the Provincial Office in Saskatoon at 1.888.282.0186
Programming for clients in the Adult Day Program and residents of St. Joseph’s Long Term Care facility is multi-faceted. They strive to honour the dignity of each person by embracing a philosophy of care that is based on the individual’s needs, strengths, interests and abilities. Client and family testimonials confirm that with access to the Adult Day Program many individuals are able to remain in their homes for a longer period of time than if this program was not available. On many occasion events and activities are shared by clients of the Adult Day Program and residents of Long Term Care. St. Joseph’s is committed to providing qualified staff who strive to maintain the highest quality of holistic care for all patients, clients and residents.
Adult day programs which include:
- recreation and leisure activities
- family teaching and support
- basic personal care
- meals and snacks
- physical therapy and occupational therapy (if available)
- health monitoring (if available)
To access the program, people must:
- be living in the community and are being discharged from a facility
- not have any other regular social outings
- have a family doctor in the community
- want to take part in the program
- be able to work in a group
- not need more than moderate help with personal care needs at the program
- still need physical and occupational therapy if going to the program for these services
St. Joseph's Health Care auxiliary was formed Oct. 15th. 1938
Our mission is to support the hospital with volunteer services, assist with the quality of care for the whole person, body, mind, and spirit. We also support financially by buying equipment as needed.
The auxiliary operates the gift shop and canteen cart for the convenience of the patients, visitors and staff. We also have used books available 24/7 for a small donation.
Long term care gets a donation from the auxiliary for the patients for Christmas. Toques are given out to all babies born here.
Favors are given to the patients on special occasions. Patients are visited once a month.
The Auxiliary has been a member agency of the United Way Estevan since the United Way started.
Marlene Shurygalo, President 306-421-0794
Elaine Meckler, Vice President 306-634-9560
Darla Wilhelm, Treasurer 306-634-3929