MEMBER AGENCIES

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 40 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 13 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.

Contact:  1-306-721-1600

CNIB Foundation is a non-profit organization that is driven to change what it is to be blind today. We deliver innovative programs and powerful advocacy that empower people impacted by blindness to live their dreams and tear down barriers to inclusion. Our work as a blind foundation is powered by a network of volunteers, donors, and partners from coast to coast to coast. Our Mission is to change what it is to be blind through innovative programs and powerful advocacy that enables Canadians impacted by blindness to live the lives they choose.

CNIB Foundation programs are developed to help combat the negative effects that vision loss has on an individuals' quality of life and mental health as these contribute to both loss of function and social isolation. Our quality of life programs fall under the following five categories:

Live – programs that provide support and services that enhance daily living skills, help realize goals, and live life with confidence.

Play – programs under this category foster an active and healthy lifestyle and give participants the opportunity to connect with others while getting active. From yoga to art these programs provide something for everyone.

Work - CNIB's "Work" programs are designed to provide the skills and resources to help participants attain their career ambitions, thrive academically at every stage, and hone their abilities as an entrepreneur or mentor.

Learn - "Learn" programs focus on education, skills training, and literacy to empower participants to achieve their goals by fostering social skills and independence.

Tech - Unleashing the power of technology lets participants lead an independent life. Our "Technology" programs level the playing field, providing skills and training that focus on the accessible, available, and affordable technology.

For people who are blind or partially sighted, connecting with others who have experienced the same thing can make a world of difference toward rebuilding confidence, independence, and a sense of hope. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic we are currently running all programs virtually via teleconference or zoom meetings. We are hopeful that we will be able to start in-person programming in the near future.

For more information on CNIB Foundation's programs visit cnib.ca/SK or call 306-525-2571.

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, 18 Enriched Living Suites and 2 Bachelor suites.

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 15 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 provides therapeutic counselling and support, crisis intervention, in-home services, groups, workshops, and education that helps individuals, families, and couples to feel empowered and content.

Envision believes in client-centered counselling, with an emphasis on engaging clients’ strengths. This means our clients decide what issues they will work on. Envision counsellors won’t force clients to do something they’re not ready for.

Counselling is available for:

  • Survivors and secondary survivors of abuse, violence and sexual assault.
  • Children (aged 5 – 18) who have witnessed violence.
  • Families experiencing an event or situation that is overwhelming or traumatic.
  • Stalking and harassment victims.
  • Individuals exposed to human trafficking or sexual exploitation.

Anyone may access the new Rapid Access Counselling program through the website www.envisioncounsellingcentre.com. RAC is a FREE, immediate, accessible form of brief counselling that also helps people connect to the community and health services they might need.

Those interested in accessing any Envision Counselling services may call one of our four offices. Counselling referrals go through the Intake Counsellor and are contacted within 24 business hours or as soon as possible. The position of Intake Counsellor is shared between Estevan and Weyburn and is the first contact for any counselling referrals relating to any of Envision Counselling’s four office locations.

United Way Estevan and Weyburn share the responsibility of supporting this full-time position.  With over 1500 counselling referrals annually, this position has increased capacity and enhanced Envision Counselling’s Trauma Informed Care.

Other Programming:

Family Support Program

Funded by the Ministry of Social Services, this program provides intensive support to families and individuals. These services are typically provided in client homes or in the community.

Community Outreach

The goals of this program are to provide education, build knowledge and raise awareness surrounding the issues of violence and abuse through school and community presentations. This is also done by coordinating and participating in community events, health fairs, awareness campaigns and anti-violence initiatives.

Our Mission: We will encourage and support healthy choices in individuals, families and communities by offering innovative programming, diverse counselling and support.

Our Vision: We envision being an inclusive leader, providing professional facilities and staff that deliver innovative and diverse programming to all individuals in the communities in Southeast Saskatchewan.

Serving Southeast Saskatchewan with offices in Estevan, Weyburn, Carlyle and Oxbow, Envision Counselling has more than 40 employees, and serves a population of more than 56,000 people.

Contact Envision Counselling at 1-306-637-4004. All calls are confidential and we do not subscribe to call display. Collect calls to the offices are accepted.

We are extremely grateful for the partnership between United Way and Envision Counselling. Thank You United Way.

Estevan Area Literacy Group Inc.

Providing literacy and essential skills programs

Estevan Area Literacy Group is a non-profit organization who helps build literacy skills in our community, working with children, families, and newcomers to Canada and offering all programs at no cost.

Many programs in recent years have been sponsored by the United Way Estevan, including Battle of the Books, Book Clubs, Little Language learners, Summer English Fun, Nature Smarts, Wild about Reading, Family Games Night and Talk time, Virtual winter break programs.

Nature Smarts -  A Summer program for kids to learn about science, stay active and read.

Programs and Events-  Partnering with other groups, programs are held related to literacy for the children, newcomers, and for people who speak English as a second language.  Virtual book clubs for children and virtual school break events are also held

Family Literacy Events- Partnering with the South East Regional College, a program called Family Circle on Saturdays allows families and children to come together.

United Way Estevan is the primary sponsor providing 25% of the total budget.

"We would like to thank everyone in our community who supports United Way Estevan.  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.

VOCATIONAL PROGRAMS:

  • EDS as a Service Provider
  • EDS as an Employer
  • The Day Program
  • Resource Center
  • Vocational Center
  • Supported Employment Services

RESIDENTIAL PROGRAMS:

  • Group Homes
  • Supportive Apartment Program
  • Supportive Independent Living

Contact 1-306-634-5575

Vision Statement

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.

About Us

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

Parenting Education

  • Formal parenting and early childhood development seminars
  • Family literacy and numeracy programs
  • Informal drop-in opportunities
  • A comfortable space for parents

Early Learning

  • 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.

www.estevanfamilycentre.com

Contact 1-306-634-7233

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.

Contact: 306-634-2689

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. Our vision is to find a cure for neuromuscular disorders in our lifetime.

MDC has three pillars to guide our work in meeting the needs of the neuromuscular community: research, advocacy, and our programs and services. Through these priorities, we fund innovative research for new treatments, medical advances, and clinical trials; and advocate for enhanced accessibility-minded public policy at all levels of government to improve availability of medications, treatments, and clinical trials. MDC’s programs and services provide access and resources for financial support to fund equipment and assistive devices; support with navigating complex systems; physical and emotional well-being supports including networks and retreats, and deliver education and up-to-date information.

Muscular Dystrophy Canada is a national organization and has staff dedicated to serving persons affected by neuromuscular disorders in Saskatchewan.

Social Handles:

Our website is www.muscle.ca

Twitter is @MD_Canada

Facebook is MuscularDystrophyCA 

Instagram: md_canada

Linked In: Muscular Dystrophy Canada

Families affected by neuromuscular disorders in Estevan and area 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 to support persons affected and share vital information about our programs and services. This includes healthcare professionals, community partners, DISC, SAID, REALM and other like-minded organizations who support persons with disabilities.

Contact 1-800-567-2873

SaskAbilities supports people experiencing disability with programs and services to enhance their lives. 

Each year approximately 20 individuals from Estevan and area visit Camp Easter Seal.  Camp Easter Seal is Saskatchewan’s only fully-accessible camp of its kind, offering a true summer camping experience for individuals experiencing disability.  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! 

While at camp, campers build confidence and self-esteem, 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.   

Although camp has been held virtually for the 2020 and 2021 season, attendance has remained the same for Estevan and surrounding area.  Camp Easter Seal staff have worked hard to keep campers connected through developing a robust virtual experience for all to attend. It costs approximately $1955 to send an individual to camp, which is provided free of charge to the individuals attending and made possible through the generous support of individuals and organizations such as United Way Estevan.  The annual cost for individuals attending Camp Easter Seal from Estevan and surrounding area is approximately $39,000. SaskAbilities is grateful for the support it receives from United Way Estevan.

For more information please email communications@saskabilities.ca or call the Yorkton Branch directly at 1-833-444-4126

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.

Rehabilitation Services

PEER SUPPORT
PEER MENTORING
SERVICE COORDINATION
SYSTEM NAVIGATION

Education and Employment Services

SCHOLARSHIPS
DISABILITY
ACCOMMODATION
WAGE SUBSIDIES

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

Contact 1-306-637-2451

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