Trail Family and Individual Resource Centre (Trail F.A.I.R. Society) has been offering free, confidential, professional services for members of the community since 1977. We are a non-profit agency, a fully registered CRA Charity and fully accredited through the Council on Accreditation. We are proud to offer 18 different programs from 5 separate service locations.
Here's what's new:
~We're Hiring! The very popular Fruitvale Elementary StrongStart Program is seeking two licenced Early Childhood Educators beginning in September. There are two positions, one for 2 days per week, and one for 3 days per week. Click either of the links for more info on these postings which close at 5pm on Friday August 15th (note new closing date).
~Many of our Family Groups are winding down for summer. Pregnancy Outreach, StrongStart, Monday Morning Playgroup and BrighBeginnings Preschool have all wound down for the year, but will be back again in September for more fun and learning opportunties. Check out our tables at the Trail Teddy Bear Picnic Wednesday June 25th!
~Thanks to everyone for making McHappy Day 2014 on Wed May 7th such a success! Extra special apreciation goes out t McDonald's in Trail for choosing FAIR to be their designated charity for this year's community fundraising event.
~Thank you to everyone who joined us for a great lunch and thoughtful conversation on April 22 for our annual ClothesLine project event. Thank you also to Ferraro Foods for being such gracious host and community donors.
~Thank you to all the caring individuals, families, companies and groups who continue to donate funds to keep our programs running. We are now able to securely accept financial donations on-line and through the KSCU "Change It!" program, as well as through the United Way and or our Main Office locations. Check out our Donations page for more info. FAIR is a registered charity in full compliance with Canada Revenue Agency's Charities Directorate. Click here to be taken to a CRA page where you can view our current and recent "charities return" information.
~They're Back! Just in time for gift-giving, our popular "Passport to the Kootenays" coupon books are back. These are a fabulous buy - plenty of awesome "2-for1 coupons", a deep discounts & useful freebies! These are also an important fundraiser for our Agency, helping us provide practical necessities for families in the community. Passport books are available at a variety of retailers in the region, as well as the FAIR main office.
~Now in its third year, The Woman's Drop-in at the "Little House" is getting bigger and better. Drop in to the little house beside Star Grocery on Rossland Ave any Tuesday between 1pm and 3pm for: coffee... conversation... clothing swap...and more!
~We've painted! We recently scraped and re-painting the beige panels on the front of our Columbia Ave building and hope to refresh the brown wooden sections soon. A huge thank you goes out to the generous local retailers and contractor who made this project possible. Even our resident roses are pleased with the refreshed surroundings!
~ We are thrilled to announce that our "Enhancing Learning Enviornments Project" has received funding through the Columbia Basin Trust. The communities of Beaver Vallley, Trail, Rossland and Warfield approved a total of $4,167.00 to purchase much-needed educational and furniture items for our Building Beautiful Babies program. Check back soon for photos of these items in use.
~ A huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped out with the purchase and installation of the new flooring in the Trail United Church. Koodos to: Maglio's Building Centre, Trail Area Health and Environment Program, Trail United Church and all the volunteers and workers at the Food Bank who worked with our CCRR and Bright Beginnings programs to help provide a clean, refreshed space for the community to share.
~DID YOU KNOW... that FAIR produces a number of Service Directories for various communities in the West Kootenay/Boundary region?? The information in these directories is FREE to the public. And our Senior's Directories have just been updated! and now include specific versions for 6 different communities! Click the links in the top menu bar to check out these resources.
~Many people have emergency Medical first aid training (CPR) but would you know what to do in a Mental Health emergency? Our MHAPS program is once again offering Mental Health First Aid Training in January 2014. The link to the left will take you to a WORD document about our January event, or you can check out the Mental Health Commission of Canada's website for more info.
~The West Kootenay Boundary Crisis Line is pleased to roll out their new Suicide Prevention Website which can be found at westkootenaysuicideprevention.org/. Check it out for tips, resources and other great information.
~ New Crisis Line Service and number: 1-888-353-CARE (2273) - There is a new network of 5 Crisis Lines - Including FAIR's West Kootenay Boundary Crisis Line - which are now working together to better serve the entire Interior Health Region. Most local callers will still talk with a local crisis line worker, but if the line is already busy, calls will be routed to another crisis line which will have all the training and information necessary to properly serve the caller.
~Many thanks to the West Kootenay Toy Run committee for inviting us to set up an information table at their 2012 event in September:
~ "Reaching Out" workshops are now booking 2013 dates in area schools. Click here for more details.
~ Many thanks to all the sponsors and community volunteers who made our 1-year "Helping Boys Become Health Men" project such a success! Activities included the Feb 17th Movie Night, April 28 Family Fun Day, and on-going connections with the Trail Smokies. Check back later in the fall of 2012 for a wind-up report on this project
~Our Clothesline Project Lunches continue to be a great success. Many, many people from all walks of life came out to grab lunch and view the powerful display of hand-painted T-Shirts created by local women to reflect their experience of violence & their desire for an abuse free community. Many, Many thanks to Ferraro Foods for their gracious assistance.
~FAIR was recently presented the Trail 2011 Family Friendly Employer award by the Success by 6 Committee! Thanks to all our employees to nominated our agency!
~News Flash - March 17 2011- FAIR is now a fully accredited agency! Click here to find out more about the Council on Accreditation
We strive to provide the best service possible. You are welcome to view our Global Ends (Mission) statement here.