Minister Sarkaria and Councillor Santos Join MPPs Kusendova and Sandhu to announce Hope 24/7 is awarded 750K in funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Published on July 17, 2020

Minister Sarkaria and Councillor Santos Join MPPs Kusendova and Sandhu to announce Hope 24/7 is awarded 750K in funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

BRAMPTON, ONTARIO, July 16, 2020

• Hon. Minster Prabmeet Sarkaria, Small Business and Red Tape Reduction
• Councillor Rowena Santos
• MPP Amarjot Sandhu, Brampton West
• MPP Natalia Kusendova, Mississauga Centre
• Lisa McDonald, Crisis Therapist- Hope 24/7

Hope 24/7, a community-based clinical mental health support centre, is the recipient of a
$750,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Fund.

This grant is an extension of the Promising Young People action area of the OTF investment strategy, prioritizing the empowerment and support of youth, particularly those who may be vulnerable or at-risk, to make a positive change in their communities' broader society.

This funding will allow the centre to add an additional four full-time employees to scale up a violence prevention and resiliency building program targeting patriarchal attitudes and behaviours among at-risk youth in Peel Region.

The Ontario Trillium Fund supports each year, over 1,300 charities and not-for-profit organizations across their six action areas, which compose their investment strategy.

Hope 24/7 provides readily available clinical mental health supports for youth in their community, particularly being able to help at-risk and marginalized youth. Their ability to help such youth means that those who come to experience trauma, yet may not have the resources to access other care options open to those who do have the resources to do so, are able to be looked after and cared for.

Moreover, Hope 24/7 provides a safe-space as a provincially designated Sexual Assault Centre for the Region of Peel. This important work means that youth who have experienced trauma

from a recent assault – sexual or otherwise – are able to overcome these obstacles, being able to live a life where their trauma does not define them.

The availability of this safe-space, and the needed funding to help support it, will mean less youth in the community will fall at risk in experiencing harm and suffering from the after-effects of trauma.

“Strong communities are essential for a strong Ontario”, said Minister Sakaria. “By supporting health and wellness programs in our community, we’re fostering new opportunities, building hope and strengthening the social fabric of our city and province.”

“We are thrilled that the Ontario Trillium Foundation funding will allow us to continue Hope 24/7's Our Youth Our Future Program, which is an outreach initiative that provides psychoeducational groups and other services to youth ages 12 to 17, teaching them about healthy relationship with self, peers, family and community. Our goal is to make a positive impact in our community and through programs like Our Youth Our Future we work toward fulfilling Hope 24/7's vision, which is a community without relationship and sexual Violence,” said Lisa McDonald, Crisis Therapist.

“Thank you to the provincial government for this much needed support for youth coping with the aftermath of sexual violence. The mental health services provided by Hope 24/7 are critical to
the wrap around services needed in our community” said Councillor Santos.

“The difference that Hope 24/7 makes in the lives of vulnerable persons in our community is immeasurable. As the designated Sexual Assault Center for Peel Region, this funding is will be crucial in ensuring persons who need trauma and mental health care will be able to access it,” said MPP Kusendova.

"I am thrilled that Hope 24/7 will be receiving this well-deserved funding. Their organization protects and supports vulnerable women in our community. This funding will enable them to continue this vital work," said MPP Sandhu.