The RBC Foundation, through their Children’s Mental Health Program, donated $25,000 to the Children’s Treatment Centre’s Life Links program.
The Children’s Treatment Centre’s Life Links program supports children and youth with special needs, transitioning into adulthood, with discovering and pursuing their unique interests of becoming active and contributing adult members of their community. Life Links staff assist clients with exploring employment, continued education, volunteerism, independent living and planning life after high school.
Currently, the Centre’s Life Links program is the only provider of one-on-one transition facilitation in Chatham-Kent for children and youth with special needs, and there is very limited advocacy and resources for connecting and transitioning children and youth with special needs to appropriate community resources.
Since 2009, the RBC Foundation has donated over $100,000 in support of the Centre’s Social Work program and fundraising campaigns.
“The Children’s Treatment Centre and Foundation are incredibly excited about the RBC Foundation’s continued partnership and support of our Social Work program.” States Donna Litwin-Makey, Executive Director of the Children’s Treatment Centre. Litwin-Makey continued, “Grants from organizations like the RBC Foundation are significant to the Centre in that they help support the our enhanced programs- such as Social Work, Recreation and Music Therapy- that are not covered by core government funding.”
This year’s funding from the RBC Foundation will help ensure that the Children’s Treatment Centre and Foundation can continue providing quality transition facilitation services to children and youth with special needs, throughout the community, helping to create a more inclusive Chatham-Kent.