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:
~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.
Happy New Year everyone...most groups are back and running after the Christmas break: Please contact the groups directly to confirm.
~ Womens' Drop-in - held at the "Little House" at 398 Rossland Ave (beside Star Grocery) from 1pm to 3pm on most Tuesdays.
~ Monday Morning Playgroup - held at the Trail United Church on Pine Ave on Mondays through the School year.
~ Pregnancy Outreach (Building Beautiful Babies) groups - previously held at the Trail United Church on Pine Ave on Thursdays, but has now MOVED to Tuesdays at the PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (behind 7-11) as of January 2014. The group topics for of Jan-Mar 2014 found as a list on our Important Dates page here , or as a download PDF here.
~ Fruitvale StrongStart - held at Fruitvale Elementary School each weekday following the school calendar.
~ Bright Beginnings Preschool - held at the Trail United Church on Pine Ave on Wednesdays (ne wday as of Nov 2013) from October to May .
~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.
~The Building Beautiful Babies (Pregnancy Outreach) program is working on an exciting list of guest speakers for the Fall term. Check out our Important Dates page for details
~ 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.
We've moved: Programs which have previously run in the former Trail Middle School site have moved to the Trail United Church as of the fall of 2012:
~Monday Morning CCRR Playgroup which runs 9:30-11am on Mondays
~Building Beautiful Babies (Pregnancy Outreach) which runs 10am-2pm on Thursdays
~Bright Beginnings Preschool (formerly called the CORE program) which runs Tuesdays from 9:00-11:00am and 12:30-2:30pm
~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.