2018 was an extraordinary year for FOOTPRINTS 4 Autism. Both sites excelled once again with two Summer Break Camps.
The Durham Community generously provided funding for the youth program Together We ‘Hang’. A social program for youth on the Autism Spectrum and their peers. Participants are paired with a volunteer for a social gathering fostering inclusion, acceptance and friendship.
In partnership with the Pickering Public Library and Whitby Public Library, FOOTPRINTS ran the weekly drop-in program.
FOOTPRINTS continues to meet targets and goals to increase capacity and maintain a high quality program.
While the goal of FOOTPRINTS is that participating children are “safe, happy and want to return”, its true value is the respite that is enjoyed by other family members.
FOOTPRINTS offers families that priceless commodity of time—and whether the time is spent alone, with a spouse or other children, whether it’s spent resting, or trying to keep up with the other responsibilities in life—it is the rarest kind of time for parents of a child with a disability—time without worry.
2018 by the Numbers
- 49 children and their families received support from the program
- 2329.5 hours of direct respite care was provided in Pickering and Whitby
- 157 Child Support Volunteers provided 2865.5 hours of time to the program
- 40 new Child Support Volunteers were recruited and trained
- 11 Steering Committee volunteers gave over 442 hours of time to program operations and management
What are Families saying about FOOTPRINTS?
“A safe place for children with Autism to learn and grow with the same friends every week.”
“The break that we get is priceless. Sometimes it’s the only time I get to myself all week.”
“The non judgemental environment and the ability for my children to be children without feeling alienated.”
“More time to relax knowing that my children are well supported.”
What are Volunteers saying about FOOTPRINTS?
“I have had many meaningful experiences with the children and I’ve made a friend or two with other volunteers. Volunteering here has made me a more understanding and compassionate person.”
“Footprints has been a great place to volunteer.”
“I have gained an opportunity to contribute to society in a way that is enjoyable while developing both personally and professionally.”
“It’s a rewarding experience!