A $950,000 grant from The Winnipeg Foundation will change the healthcare landscape for people with developmental disabilities, autism, acquired brain injury and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
St.Amant’s three initiatives will directly benefit the broader community by increasing our capacity to deliver quality, community-based services that are at the core of a healthy community. These projects will be delivered with support and partnership with the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Medicine, the St.Amant Research Centre and many disability agencies.
“As St.Amant shifts from one of the last developmental centres in Canada to a healthcare centre, we as a community need to look at the web of support available and ensure that we can help children and adults with developmental disabilities, autism, acquired brain injuries and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders to live healthy lives with the most comprehensive and person-centered services possible,” said John Leggat, President & CEO, St.Amant.
1 – Development of a community healthcare clinic for people with developmental disabilities who have a very difficult time finding healthcare providers with the experience and knowledge to provide quality service. The clinic will also be used as a training ground for medical students to learn about disabilities and how to deliver services.
2 – Research and evaluation of three critical new projects: transitioning people from long-term care to the community, a continuum of respite services and a crisis stabilization unit. With the informed feedback, St.Amant will ensure services are meeting the quality of life needs of the individual within a family centered model.
3 – Renovation to one of the living spaces at 440 River Road. As this space becomes a healthcare facility for people in crisis, respite or longer term for complex medical needs or palliative care, the first unit will be renovated to meet personal care standards of other long term care facilities, increasing the dignity and privacy for people supported in this environment.
“The Winnipeg Foundation has a long partnership with St.Amant and we recognize the important work this organization does in building community and improving quality of life for some of our city’s most vulnerable people. We are pleased to support this project with a grant of $950,000 to assist St.Amant with its renovations, research and community clinic.” said Richard L. Frost, CEO of The Winnipeg Foundation.