Welcome to New Directions
Since 1885, New Directions has been evolving to meet the ever-changing needs of the Winnipeg community. We have redefined ourselves and our services to work better with children, youth, adults and families as they chart their own course within the community. We strive to offer everyone the same opportunities to achieve the life they’ve dreamed of – a life full of promise, potential, respect and self-worth. Our actions and services are all defined according to our operating principles – principles based on the values of integrity, honour, holism and respect.
How do you define Community?
Is it defined by street signs and landmarks? Is it the groups of people that form networks of friends, family and neighbours? Or is community something beyond the physical – is it the spirit of pride, belonging and understanding that draws us together to create a genuine feeling of home? At New Directions, we have a vision of community. Our vision is of a place where all people have well-being, are honoured and can dream. And our mission is to offer services that can help make that vision a reality. Because a healthy community will help define the health of those who live there.
BEYOND NIMBY – Toolkit Available for download – far right side of page
A Toolkit for Opening Staffed Community Homes in Manitoba
In 2012 in response to a number of occasions of vigorous community opposition to the establishment of community homes for adults eligible for residential care funding or children in the care of Child and Family Services the Community Inclusion Awareness Committee was created. This committee, Chaired by Dr. Jennifer Frain, CEO of New Directions included other service provider representatives, representatives from various provincial government departments, and other community stakeholders. The product of this committee’s work is Beyond NIMBY: A toolkit for opening staffed community homes in Manitoba. This toolkit addresses common misconceptions about these homes, outlines the steps required for licensing, and provides communication tips and strategies.
Early feedback from the Executive Director of Abilities Manitoba (a large coalition of service providers):
I spent some time reading through the NIMBY toolkit this morning. What an impressive tool; it is thorough, informative and easy to read. This will be of benefit to the entire province until we arrive at the place where we no longer need such a tool.