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 and a fully registered CRA Charity. We are proud to offer 18 different programs from 5 separate service locations.
Here's what's new:
Nov 23rd - We have several cases of PediaSure at our Columbia Ave office to give to families in need. Come by anytime during regular office hours & pick some up if you can use it. Click here for a photo of the label for more details.
Curious about activities at Fruitvale StrongStart? Check out their handy monthly schedule here. This is a FREE drop-in early learning environment for parents and caregivers with children aged 0-6.
They're Back! The 2015-2016 edition of the popular Passport to the Kootenays coupon books are here! Thousands of dollars in savings for: golfing, skiing, eating, repairs, groceries, etc...all for $45. PLUS you get the satisfaction of knowing that all proceeds support low-income families in the Greater Trail area. Stop by the Main Office Monday through Thursday, or contact Sherri B directly at 250-364-2326 ext 234 to purchase a copy. They can also be picked up at the following wonderfully supportive businesses around Trail: The Doorway; JJ's; Luca; L'Bear's; ComfortWalk, BCLC - Downtown, CBAL, Canacord Investments; Brent Allen Optical; Guillevin International; Totem Travel; Sound West; The Brew Shop; Woody's Auto & JBS office. Cash or cheques welcome.
Thank you to the anonymous person(s) who recently donated substantial funds to our Trail Ferraro Foods grocery account. Wholesome, nutritious foods are an essential component of several of our programs, and can be a substantial cost. We appreciate Ferraro Foods' long-standing and continuous support of FAIR programs and others in the community!
Thank you to Shopper's Drug Mart in Trail for choosing FAIR's Building Beautiful Babies Program as the focus of the 2015 Grow Women's Health (formerly Tree of Life) fundraising and awareness campaign. The funds raised during this fall campaign will go directly into program supplies and services which help local Moms & Babies be healthy, happy and strong.
As a fully registered Charitable Non-Profit organization, FAIR is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. We are fortunate to have a vibrant mix of long-standing and new members. Many thanks to Wake, Rob, Rae, Giselle, Eleanor & Karen for dedicating themselves to the organization. If you would like more information on what the Board does, feel free to ask any of these folks, or contact our Executive Director, Gail Lavery.
Thanks to the Trail FAIR Crisis Line's collaboration with the Kootenay Boundary Division of Family Practice, a skilled webmaster and additional funding from the Columbia Basin Trust, our Community Resources Directory now has a brand new website - Kootenay Boundary FETCH - offering a much improved search capacity and containing all the listings previously found in the old Community Services Directory. At KB FETCH, we are in the process of updating the information from the old Directory, as well as additional services and resources of interest to residents of the region. Here's the link to KB FETCH: kb.fetchbc.ca . Have a look and let us know what you think: firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know that....the Advocacy Centre is in our Columbia Ave location in Trail on alternate Mondays? An advocate is generally in the office on alternate Mondays and can provide information on:
~ Welfare & Poverty Advocacy
~ Landlord/Tenant advocacy
~ Family Law & Child Protection information
Calling ahead to their main office in Nelson for an appointment - 1-877-352-5777 - is highly recommended, as they cannot always accommodate drop-ins. They are also in Castlegar on alternate Thursdays. Click here to see a full schedule for both locations.
~Thanks to everyone who everyone who made the Vagina Monologues such a success again this year. Hats off to the Columbia Peonix Players for engaging the community in this important issue and choosing FAIR as the recipient of the Proceeds.
~Many thanks to all our many donors - Three cheers to our local Guillevin International retailer for recently helping us ensure safe spaces for FAIR employees and visitors.
~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 fourth 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 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.
~ 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.
~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 2015. Check out the Mental Health Commission of Canada's website for more info about the MHFAT.
~ 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.
~ "Reaching Out" workshops are now booking 2015 dates in area schools. Click here for more details.
~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!
We strive to provide the best service possible. You are welcome to view our Global Ends (Mission) statement here.