Halton Trauma Centre (HTC) Oakville
60 Lakeshore Rd. W. Oakville, Ontario http://haltontraumacentre.ca
About Halton Trauma Centre:
The Halton Trauma Centre is a unique and specialized community-based agency providing clinical assessment and treatment services to children, adolescents and families affected by child abuse.
Established in 1983, and treating over 300 families per year, Halton Trauma Centre has come to be widely recognized as a leader in the field of childhood interpersonal abuse (physical, sexual, or emotional).
Selection of HTC:
Walls of Hope selected HTC, via the United Way through our Family Submission process, as a recipient for a small/mid level* “Redecorating Project”. Little did we know how much we could expand the scope of work because of the amazing contribution from local businesses and volunteers!
HTC was selected because of the positive impact they have with children, the contribution they provide to the community and because HTC’s needs met and exceeded our selection criteria requirements.
Walls of Hope selection committee was compelled by some of the following facts about HTC:
- Non-profit charity organization that reaches over 300+ abused children each year to heal hearts, restore hope and transform lives for abused children and their families.
- HTC relies on funding to maintain the level and expertise of treatment they provide.
- HTC is faced with the challenge of minimal to no budget for enhancing their physical location.
- The atmosphere at the centre did not reflect the outstanding work they do; or the amazing team that provides so much.
- The physical environment was dreary, clinical and in need of updating to reflect the energy of the team and a calm, happy, safe, inviting environment for the children and their families.
“This project was a blend of two awesome non-profit organizations
that aim to transform the lives of special children and their families.”
Walls of Hope typically selects one family for a project, with the goal to: renovate their home and transform their lives; plus assisting with affecting circumsatances in their lives.
The HTC project has allowed us to make an extremely positive impact, not only for HTC, but for 100′s of children and their families (short and long term). Darrly Hall, the board of directors and his amazing team reflect the goals and mission of Walls of Hope.
- Project Budget: $7,500 + donated time and materials
- Market Value of Project: $71,000+
- Project Time Frame: 3 ½ days (long days) – April 28 – May 1, 2011
- Pre-Project Planning and Supplier Donations – 4+ months; lead by Linda Graydon, Walls of Hope Leadership team member (paint, carpet, ceiling insulation, furniture, custom made cabinetry/drapery/upholstery
- Volunteers required: 20 volunteers; general skills and professional painters, muralists, seamstresses & contractors
- Interior Redesign: Created by Lou Ward, Professional Interior Designer and Walls of Hope Leadership team member
- Work Completed: Painting, Redecorating & Design of: Main Reception area, Main Meeting Area, 4 treatment rooms, new carpet (main room/hallways/2rooms), sound isolation treatment room ceilings, custom-made kitchenette, custom cabinet & benches, crown molding, custom wall murals, a Decompression area with “Underwater World”.
*small/mid level = Estimated project time, volunteers, amount of renovations and original budget: minus donated product or services
Thank – You HTC for your support with our Christina Project Sept 2011!!!
Letter From The Executive Director
To all the wonderful volunteers at Walls of Hope,
I wanted to take a few days before I sent a letter of thanks for all of the dedication and hard work you provided over the last week. There are two reasons for the delay; one, because I needed to rest my aching muscles, and two, because I needed to completely process what you have done for our organization.
As you know, the children and adolescents we see at HTC often arise very traumatized and anxious for their first few appointments. When I arrived this morning I was surprised to see a number of kids and their families who are long time clients, taking a tour of the new treatment rooms.
It’s hard for me to explain the look of excitement and at the same time, the sense of calm on their faces as they went from room to room. The changes you have made will truly have a positive impact on everyone who needs our services.
We also had the pleasure of holding our first staff meeting today. And I say it was a pleasure because of the new boardroom table! I know our Board of Directors will be very pleased to have a usable space to hold their meetings.
All of the volunteers that I had contact with throughout the project were compassionate, professional, and a joy to work with. I hope that they understand the difference it made to the lives of the children and families that we see.
In closing, you have completely changed the look, feel, and atmosphere of a place where it is so vital to have positive energy.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff, and most importantly the clients of the Halton Trauma Centre our sincere thanks for all that you’ve done.
Halton Trauma Centre
“I wanted to let all of you at Walls of Hope know that the new and improved HTC has been a huge hit with the clients. Monday each child that came in did the tour and got to choose the room they wanted for treatment.
Each client is so excited you would think that it was their home and not their treatment centre.
We got our fish for the main reception fish tank today… her name is Ruby Tuesday.”
Halton Trauma Centre