Community Voice Mail Gets Provincial Dollars

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG News
Community Voice Mail Gets Provincial Dollars

It’s a small amount of funding that packs a punch. Prince George-Valemount MLA Sghirley joined several community members at the Aboriginal Housing Society offices to announce $25,000 in additional funding for the Community Voice Mail. It’s was initiated by the Society two years ago with the intent of connecting with those who need housing. It has since transformed into something more, providing a venue for those who need to get in touch with possible employers, or health care providers and so on.
“Having the ability to receive messages and communicate with prospective employers, health-care providers and others is essential in the world we live in today,” says Bond. “Thank you to Kay Robinson and her team for the passion and vision that created this program.”
The goal of the Community Voice Mail Program is to provide a reliable method of communication to participants who are living in poverty, crisis and transition, so they can stay in touch with local employers, training providers, employment and housing service agencies, as well as health-care providers.
Through this program, users can access information on child care, relocation, Employment Insurance, targeted wage subsidy, apprenticeship and transportation services. They also receive a weekly broadcast on the latest job fairs, training opportunities and other community services.
“The happiness in the voices of people when they get a job, training, or a home, while using this program is indescribable,” says Kay Robinson, coordinator, Community Voice Mail Program. “Joy, pride and sense of accomplishment are just a few of the positive emotions that they feel when they check their messages that they would not have received, if they did not have the Community Voice Mail.”

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