Improving lives through collaboration
Boyle Street Community Services works proudly alongside its many partners:
Edmonton’s Downtown Business Association and Boyle Street Community Services partnered to create the ‘Downtown Proud!’ litter removal initiative. Boyle Street crews made up of formerly homeless community members clean 30 square blocks in the city’s core thanks to financial assistance from over 20 businesses. Read more about the five person crew.
Inner-City Youth Housing – Boyle Street, Bissell Centre, Edmonton City Centre Church Corporation and Youth Empowerment and Support Services collaborate to provide residential shelter beds for youth who can’t access other housing services.
Inner City Victim Services
Boyle Street Community Services along with Bissell Centre, has developed a new program that provides street level access to programs and services to victims of crime. This program offers a safe gateway for marginalized people to acquire information and receive support to ultimately access and successfully navigate the Criminal Justice System.
Some of the other services include:
• one on one case management to ensure social and emotional support
• identifying participants who are eligible to access financial benefits
• court support and assistance with documentation
• crisis intervention, risk and needs assessment and safety planning
• teaching financial literacy skills
• community awareness education
Inner City Recreation Program
This is another partnership developed with Bissell Centre. With the support of the City of Edmonton and the United Way, the program brings the benefits of recreation to our clients. There are many activities, including swimming, bowling, Humane Society dog walking, softball tournaments, dragon boat racing and others. Activities are open to all community members, as well as agency staff and volunteers from both Bissell Centre and Boyle Street Community Services. Staff not only participate in and help to run various activities, they also build on established trust-relationships to draw participants from different program areas, including families, youth, drop in and housing.
Kahkiyaw – Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society, Boyle Street Community Services, and the Edmonton & Area Child & Family Services Authority partnered to create this service to meet the needs of aboriginal families. Kahkiyaw works to ensure that aboriginal children, youth, and families in Edmonton receive quality, culturally appropriate services.
Mobile Outreach Addiction Team (MOAT) – This partnership is between Boyle Street, George Spady Centre and Streetworks. The MOAT team provides outreach services to high-risk, street-involved individuals with substance abuse problems. The goal is to encourage participation in substance abuse treatment programs and services.
New in Town — This partnership with the Bent Arrow Healing Society offers supportive programs to aboriginals who have just moved and are new to Edmonton. Our dedicated support workers help clients find housing, assist with personal budgeting, and provide links to the city’s many services – including food banks, schools, tutors, counselors, and more.
Region 6 Child and Family Services Office – Region 6 staff work out of our main building at 10116 – 105 Avenue NW. Together, we do joint case planning to deliver better services to at-risk children, youth, and families.
Streetworks– Streetworks is a harm reduction, health promotion, primary health care program that is operated by a consortium of 10 agencies, with Boyle Street as the banking agency. Streetworks targets people who use injection or inhalation drugs, and those involved in the street-based sex industry to address health and social needs. There are 5 daytime sites and a van. The program is staffed by nurses, outreach workers, and social workers. The work includes needle exchange, an overdose prevention project, the HER pregnancy program, a youth drug education project and hosts one of the provincial drug user networks. The program provides education extensively to students, agencies/organizations, and the general public.