Ellen Mi, Seeds of Grace President Vision
Once again, we would like to welcome Ellen from Seeds of Grace for writing another article. In this two-part series, Ellen will discuss a project that the Mustard Seed in Edmonton along with Seeds of Grace Outreach Fellowship has partnered together. The goal of the project is to build a Family Health Centre for individuals or families who are living in poverty, homelessness, or suffer from marginalization. The hope for the centre is to have medical services, addiction services, mental health counselling, advocacy services, pharmacy services, and pastoral services all in one building.
This all is around one vision in mind – to improve the health and wellness of the individuals in the community.
Keep reading alone to learn more about what the Family Health Centre is!
What is the Family Health Centre?1
Modelled after The Mustard Seed’s successfully established Wellness Centre in Calgary, the Family Health Centre will provide services related to mental health, physical wellness, as well as education and prevention. It’s our hope that such supports may include medical and pharmaceutical services, as well as mental health counselling. By providing such supports in a central location, we can begin to reduce the barriers for those living in poverty.1
The health centre will be located at The Mustard Seed Community Support Centre in Edmonton, which is centrally placed between the communities of Queen Mary Park, Central McDougall, Oliver, as well as downtown Edmonton.1
The Mustard Seed has operated out of the Community Support Centre for a number of years. In this time, we’ve recognized the demographics of the neighbourhood. Our Personal Assistance Centre (PAC) provided over 14,600 unique community participants with access to clothing, basic hygiene necessities, and small household items.
What is the purpose of the Family Health Centre?2
Poor health is a significant obstacle for community participants who are transitioning out of homelessness and working towards achieving stable housing and sustainable employment. Those experiencing poverty are limited in their capacity to access integrated health and wellness supports due to the fee structure of many secondary services in the private health care system.
With the Family Health Centre, we’re able to see what the needs of the community are. Once these needs are defined, this initiative would allow us to then target the health and wellness barriers that prevent families from transitioning out of poverty and homelessness.
What will it look like?2
The Family Health Centre will integrate a number of health and wellness resources to assist in addressing the root causes of poverty and overcoming unique health barriers. Resources will include access to:
- Medical staffs such as doctors, nurses,and pediatricians
- Occupational therapists, massage therapists, physiotherapists, and chiropractors
- Health and wellness advocates
- Mental health and addiction counselling services for individuals, couples, and families
- Family programming and referrals
- Holistic programming focused on removing barriers to health and wellness
- The Mustard Seed support programs such as Housing, Employment, the Personal Assistance Centre, and Spiritual Care
We hope you took away something valuable from this piece. Stay tuned for the next article to learn more about the positive impacts that the Family Health Centre could have and what YOU could do to help! If you have any questions or concerns regarding this article or others, feel free to reach out to us on Instagram, Facebook, or at firstname.lastname@example.org with your feedback. We’d love to hear from you.
- Landon, H. (2018). The Mustard Seed Family Health Centre [Ebook]. Edmonton: The Mustard Seed.
- The Mustard, S. (2018). The Case for Support [Ebook]. Edmonton: The Mustard Seed.