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News and Updates:

December 2016:

What's new?  The YMCA Durham Employment Services is now an off-site partner of DRIVEN.  Women who attend DRIVEN can access the employment services available through the YMCA Durham Employment Services such as employment counselling, programming, and workshops. The YMCA will also be offering employment workshops on-site at DRIVEN on designated Mondays. Women who attend DRIVEN will be able to register for these workshops.

September 2016:

Transportation Funding: DRIVEN has funding from the Canadian Women’s Foundation to cover the costs of transportation for eligible women. The funding has been extended until September, 2017.  These funds can be used for women to get to and from the DRIVEN clinic as well as to community agencies who are providing related support. We can arrange for women to travel to and from our video chat partners by taxi as well. Travel by taxi will be arranged for women who qualify. For more details or to inquire on eligibility please call 905-432-7233 or 1-877-723-3905 on a Monday.

June 2016:

New video chat partner in North Durham:  Beginning on June 20, 2016 DRIVEN will be running a video chat connection with North House in Cannington. Women living in North Durham will be able to connect to the services available at DRIVEN via video chat.  This is a pilot which will run from June 20, 2016 until September  26, 2016. Women can call DRIVEN directly to book a video chat appointment at North House. Click here to find out where North House is located.

 

April 2016:

Visits from MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes and MP Mark Holland:  Thank you MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes and MP Mark Holland for attending DRIVEN. Great conversation was had. We value your assistance in raising awareness amongst constituents.

MP C.C-C MP M.H  

 

What's new?  The AIDS Committee of Durham Region is now an off-site partner of DRIVEN. Women living with or affected by HIV/AIDS can access support as well women who would like support and/or information for drug use and sexual health.

 

February 2016:

Legal Support Now Available at DRIVEN:  Women in need of multiple services can access on-site legal support through our partnerships with both Luke's Place and Taafe Law Professional Corporation (please see below for a description of each partnership's services available).  Women needing legal support only can continue to access Luke's Place directly.

 

New On-site Partner:  Luke's Place is now an on-site partner of DRIVEN. A Legal Support Worker will be on-site every Monday from 9am-4:30pm. Women who attend DRIVEN can meet with the Legal Support Worker who will provide information on family law and arrange for ongoing support through Luke's Place. The Legal Support Worker will also accompany women who attend a pro-bono appointment with a family lawyer at DRIVEN to assist with any follow up support that is needed.

 

December 2015:

New On-site Partner:  Taafe Law Professional Corporation is now an on-site partner of DRIVEN. Taafe Law Professional Corporation will provide 2 pro-bono family law appointments per Monday.  This service is by appointment only. When booking the appointment, women will be asked to provide some background information which will be provided to the lawyer before the appointment.

 

October 2015:

DRIVEN Forum:  On October 6th, 2015 DRIVEN hosted a Forum at the Durham Children's Aid Society.  Regional Councillor Lorne Coe provided the opening remarks and the Hon. Tracy MacCharles spoke about the Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment.  DRIVEN would like thank everyone who participated in the DRIVEN Forum.

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Hon. Tracy MacCharles with the DRIVEN Executive Steering Committee and DRIVEN On-Site Staff

Councillor Coe
Regional Councillor Lorne Coe (Whitby) with the DRIVEN Executive Steering Committee

Mayor Henry and Councillor Kerr
Mayor John Henry (Oshawa) and City Councillor Rick Kerr (Oshawa)

DRPS
Representatives from the Durham Regional Police Service

Dr. Bergen
DRIVEN Executive Steering Committee with Anne Bergen, PhD, of Knowledge to Action Consulting

August 2015:

Transportation Funding:  DRIVEN is pleased to announce that it has acquired funding from the Canadian Women's Foundation to support transportation costs. Eligible women can receive taxi chits for travelling to and from DRIVEN as well as from DRIVEN to another agency providing related support.  For more information or to determine if you are eligible call 905-432-7233 or 1-877-723-3905 on a Monday.

Funding for transportation costs provided through a grant from the Canadian Women’s Foundation and its partners.

Canadian Women's Foundation 

July 2015:

Visits from MP Pat Perkins and MPP Laurie Scott:  Thank you MP Pat Perkins and MPP Laurie Scott for attending DRIVEN. Great conversation was had. We value your assistance in raising awareness amongst constituents.

MP Pat Perkins MPP Laurie Scott  

 

June 2015:

What's New? DRIVEN has recently partnered with:

  • YWCA Y's WISH SHELTER: off-site partner
  • The Denise House: off-site partner
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    June 2015:

    A visit from Mayor John Henry:  Thank you Mayor John Henry for visiting DRIVEN. It was great to discuss DRIVEN with you. We value your support.

    Mayor Henry

     

     

     

    June 2015:

    Donation: DRIVEN is proud to announce the successful Charity Auction organized and ran by Kirsten McGoey (Trinity Design)  to raise money for DRIVEN.  Kirsten successfully raised $416. Kirsten also raised an additional $75 through her regular photography sessions. Kirsten's son gave a cheque for $500 to DRIVEN.  Many thanks to Kirsten and the vendors who provided products for the Charity Auction.

     

    May 2015:

    Expanded Support: DRIVEN is formally expanding its support to include not only women experiencing domestic or relationship violence but to women experiencing abuse and/or any forms of violence, including sexual violence. New on-site and off-site partnerships will reflect this.

     

    May 2015:

    New Video Chat Partner: As of May 25, 2015 women will be able to access the DRIVEN supports over video chat from the New Life Neighbourhood Centre between 10am-1pm on Mondays, excluding Statutory holidays.

     

    April 2015:

    New On-site Partner:  The Durham Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) is now an on-site partner of DRIVEN. A counsellor from the DRCC will be available on Mondays, excluding Statutory holidays, from 8:30am-12:30pm.

     

    March 2015:

    A visit from Councillor Lorne Coe:  Thank you Councillor Lorne Coe for visiting DRIVEN.  It was wonderful to share information about DRIVEN with you. Your support is valued.

    CouncillorCoe

     

    March 2015:

    Herman Kassinger Foundation: DRIVEN would like to thank the Herman Kassinger Foundation for their kind donation to the DRIVEN clinic. This thoughtful donation will be used towards activities for the children and the snacks and drinks that are provided to the women and children while at the DRIVEN clinic.

     

    March 2015:

    A visit from Councillor Rick Kerr:  Thank you Councillor Rick Kerr for visiting DRIVEN. It was great to discuss DRIVEN with you. We value your support.

    Councillor Rick Kerr

     

    March 2015:

    Funding from the Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS):  DRIVEN, and the other hubs from the Ontario Collaborative Response to Family Violence, have received a shared $20,000 to collaborate on an evidence based evaluation of the service model and to develop a provincial framework to support Violence Against Women community hub models in Ontario.

    In order to help DRIVEN provide the high quality of service prescribed in the plan, and to support costs associated with participating in the evaluation process, the Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) is providing DRIVEN with funds of $80,000 over two years as a pilot project.

    We are excited to be a part of the research to evaluate the model of service and we would like to  thank MCSS for the funding to support DRIVEN as we engage in the evaluation and continue to provide support.

     

    March 2015:

    "IT'S NEVER OKAY: AN ACTION PLAN TO STOP SEXUAL VIOLENCE AND HARASSMENT MARCH 2015":  In March 2015, Premier Wynne announced this three year action plan which intends to strengthen laws, public awareness, and supports for survivors. The plan promotes working together to create an Ontario that is safe for all to live free from violence.

    The action plan is relevant to DRIVEN as it acknowledges the hub model. It will “Very important to us here at Bethesda House is the mention on page 31 of the introduction of “an Innovation Fund to test new service-delivery approaches based on best practices, for example, community ‘hub’ models.” Bethesda House has been one of the lead partners in DRIVEN, Durham’s “hub” initiative, since 2005 Through this new fund, DRIVEN has just received $80,000 for a 2 year pilot-project. DRIVEN will be collaborating with 3 other Ontario “hubs” to collect evidence-based information on the model of service and develop best practice guidelines that can be used by other groups in the province to set up similar hubs in their own communities. We want to thank Premier Wynne and her team for recognizing the value and importance of collocated and collaborative models of service and for pulling together this action plan.Introduce an Innovative Fund to test new service-delivery approaches based on best practices, for example, community ‘hub’ models” (p. 31).

    We are thankful to Premier Wynne and all those who have been instrumental in having the hub model recognized within the action plan.

    Click the link below to read the action plan.

    http://ontario.ca/b8ry

     

    January 2015/ February 2015

    Visits from MPP Granville Anderson and MPP Jennifer French:  Thank you MPP Granville Anderson and MPP Jennifer French for attending DRIVEN. Great conversation was had. We value your assistance in raising awareness amongst constituents.

    granvillesmall Jennifer 

     

     

    December 2014
    What's New?
    DRIVEN has recently partnered with:

  • Herizon House: on-site for the full day on Mondays
  • Rose of Durham: off-site partner
  • New Life Neighbourhood Centre: off-site partner
  • Durham Unemployed Help Centre: off-site partner
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    June 2014
    Rotary Club of Oshawa:
    DRIVEN is pleased to announce that the Rotary Club of Oshawa has provided DRIVEN with the funds necessary to purchase a new laptop, a headset with microphone, and promotional board.  DRIVEN would like to recognize the Rotary Club of Oshawa for their wonderful funding that will benefit women who are seeking the support of DRIVEN. Thank you for your generosity.

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    June 2014
    Donation:
     DRIVEN would like to thank the "Tea and Typography" ladies book club for their kind donation of children's books to the DRIVEN clinic. Thank you for your thoughtfulness.


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    MAY 2014
    New DRIVEN brochure:
    Click the link to view the new DRIVEN brochure:

    DRIVEN Brochure   Click here to view »

     

    MAY 2014
    Charity Auction:
    DRIVEN is proud to announce the successful Charity Auction organized and ran by Kirsten McGoey (Trinity Design)  to raise money for DRIVEN.  Kirsten successfully raised $682. Kirsten and her son gave the cheque to the DRIVEN Executive Steering Committee.  Many thanks to Kirsten and the vendors who provided products for the Charity Auction.

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    MAY 2014
    What's New?
    DRIVEN has recently partnered with:

  • Community Development Council of Durham
  • Durham College/UOIT
  • Legal Aid Ontario
  • Victim Witness Assistance Program
  • Welcome Centre Immigrant Services
  • Women's Multicultural Resource & Counselling Centre of Durham Region
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