In an effort to fill services gaps for at-risk families in Ponoka, a Community Hub has been created. A special training session by Maskwacis RCMP and Ponoka RCMP members, was held Oct. 3 at the First Baptist Church. The program has seen some success in communities such as Maskwacis and is intended to be a proactive service. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Ponoka starting a HUB group to fill family service gaps

More than 20 community organizations took part in training by RCMP with this new program

Maskwacis RCMP are training and connecting community groups in Ponoka who work closely with families.

Called “Community Hubs”, the program has seen some success, explained Mounties who run the program in Maskwacis. Seeing the program do well prompted the Ponoka Youth Centre (PYC) to begin the program. It’s similar to a youth coalition the centre created a few years back but with a bit more opportunity for community groups to work together.

Teaching the program was community resource officer Const. Morgan Kyle of the Maskwacis RCMP. She works in the community response unit in Maskwacis where four Hubs have been created, one for each nation. It’s a way to collaborate and provide more efficient services to residents, explained Kyle, who added that Ponoka RCMP will be working with the Ponoka Hub once training is complete.

“The reason why we started instructing this training is because there was a definite need for community Hub tables and community collaboration,” said Kyle.

As much as these programs are needed, the cost of training from a consultancy firm can run about $20,000, said Kyle. The training coming from RCMP is free.

“The benefit…is we start the Hub table today,” explained Kyle.

“We’re going to actually be starting our Hub discussions on real situations in the community.”

From a preventative stand point, this program is intended to reduce crime, and the victimization that comes with it, explained Christall Paul, the criminal intelligence analyst at Maskwacis RCMP.

Read the RCMP story on Samson’s Hub program

In 2012 the Samson Cree Nation had many of its members at risk with regard to crime and high school absenteeism, which created a need for these Hubs. Kyle said Samson leaders travelled to Prince Albert, Sask. to investigate a Hub program that had already been created and implemented.

“Because of the crisis that they were in they just started it up,” said Kyle.

“A lot of it is just the agencies are finding out where they can make referrals to, what the agencies provide and how they can have families or individuals being provided a better service.”

Within that program also gives organizations a chance to see what’s being missed.

“We can track our success through this program,” added Paul, pointing out that once the Samson Cree Nation started its own Hub, the three other nations saw its success quickly.

She pointed out that what has been happening is the number of referrals have dropped because people are now connected to the right services and they are coming out of crises.

Beth Reitz, executive director for PYC, is pleased with the depth of the Hub program and she looks forward to bringing additional supports for Ponoka families. “It’s hoping to be proactive rather than reactive,” said Reitz.

A special training session with a variety of Ponoka agencies was held Oct. 3 at the First Baptist Church with a focus on learning how the system works, but also to find out about the different services that are available to families and children. More than 20 agencies took part in the training.

Reitz suggested if any groups in Ponoka would like to be part of the Hub to contact the PYC.

There are seven Hubs spread throughout Alberta, including in Wetaskiwin and in northern Alberta.



jeff.heyden-kaye@ponokanews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

PHOTOS: LeAnn Rimes kicks off Stampede

The 2019 Ponoka Stampede concert series featured a big name country star to lead things off

Local cowboys take the Stampede lead on opening night

Bareback, team roping has Ponoka sitting pretty in race to the finals

Chicks for Charity’s “Champagne High Tea” an elegant success

Chicks for Charity’s ninth annual fundraising event on June 22, “Champagne High… Continue reading

Maskwacis youth found dead on reserve

The remains of 16 year old Houston Omeasoo found June 25

VIDEO: Stop-motion artist recreates Kawhi Leonard’s famous buzzer-beater

It took Jared Jacobs about 40 hours to make the video, on top of the research

Storm caused transformer fire, power outages

Thunderstorm kept fire department busy

Lower youth minimum wage won’t apply at this year’s Calgary Stampede

A new minimum wage of $13/hr is now in effect for Alberta workers aged 13 to 17

NOTICE: Road closures today due to construction

Temporary road closure on 46 Ave. June 26, 2019 There will be… Continue reading

Rock slide in B.C. river may hinder salmon passage

DFO says it is aware that the slide occurred in a narrow portion of the Fraser River

Four-hour tarmac delay violates charter rights of Canadians with a disability: lawsuit

Bob Brown says new rules reduce the distance he can travel by air without putting his health at risk

Don’t miss Canada Day celebrations around Ponoka

There’s no shortage of exciting activities around town on Canada Day, whether… Continue reading

Fighter Jets light up Bucs’ to take AFL first place

38-3 loss puts Central Alberta into second place in the AFL

Most Read