Local Man With Covid-19 Symptoms Recieves Care Package

Vancouver, B.C. – A local man with symptoms of the Covid-19 virus gave a thumbs up sign when he received 10+ bags of groceries donated today by nearby community members.

Three families contributed about $200 worth of fresh fruits & veggies, essentials like breads, and meats, as well as items for breakfasts and dinners. All three families are members of the Baha’i Community, near Vancouver, B.C., and the volunteer driver works with the Community Transformation Foundation outreach programs. This was the second week in a row of food deliveries for this household.

This gentleman is not alone during his struggles right now. As the whole world braces for the uncertainty of this virus, connecting with community couldn’t be more important. Actions such as this remind us that amidst a time of physical distancing there can be a lot of social cohesion & togetherness. Before our food packages came, this man said he had run out of food. I strongly believe no one should ever know the suffering of being hungry and not have a meal to eat. For this reason, I am filled with so much gratitude to the volunteers and families who reached out during a time of need and demonstrated that even in a time of social-isolation we truly are not alone.

Helping Society’s Most Vulnerable

Sometimes, when people hear that CTF helps inmates, they seem surprised. Why give attention, resources & time to “criminals”? I’d like to answer that question in this post.

Firstly, the inmates who we help are the ones who want help. They are open-minded, positive people who have a lot to offer the world and they want to contribute to their communities. Also remember: most of the inmates in provincial jails are legally innocent of any crimes. They have been accused of something but they are innocent until proven guilty and they have not yet had their day in court. I’ve heard stories from dozens of inmates who have been charged with crimes they had nothing to do with. It’s important to keep this in mind when working with them. The worst case I’ve seen so far was a 27 year old man who had been incarcerated for 17 months and then went to court only to find all charges were dropped and he was released. He’ll never get those 17 months of his life back. This is the criminal justice system in Canada.

But for those inmates who have made mistakes and have drug or weapons charges, or maybe assault, or robbery, it is important not to label them as if they should only be defined by their mistakes. Every human being on this planet makes mistakes and we continually check our Selves for moral or lawful actions. When working with inmates I have found that not everyone who breaks the law is an “immoral” person and not everyone who’s made immoral choices is a “criminal”. This is an indepth and philosophical debate which I won’t get into now but what I mean to say is that I have met more inmates…these so-called “criminals”…who have a higher desire to transform, and a higher desire to transcend challenges than many citizens of the world. Too often, there are people living in the world, caught up in their ego-desires and corrupt inclinations who never see the inside of a jail cell. And all too often, there are good-hearted and well-meaning individuals who are trapped behind bars because of a system or a community who has failed them.

This is why I work with inmates. This is why I see the potential for growth & transformation even for people who are in jail.

One of the ways CTF has supported inmates in the past and what we hope to do more of in the future, is to help them overcome financial barriers to their own health & well-being. When a person has spent months or years in a provincial jail and is then transferred to a federal institution for the duration of their sentence, they often do not have the money or resources needed to get themselves established.

Federal institutions, or penitentiaries, are for people serving two years or more. When they are transferred into the pen, they can purchase a TV, a fan, headphones, as well as specific clothing items. For inmates who have endured additional mental health or medical issues while incarcerated, having access to their own TV is a huge asset to their mental well-being. Unfortunately, not all inmates have money saved to buy this pen package, and not all inmates have friends or family who can help them purchase this package. For this reason, CTF has offered to raise funds for inmates who need financial support for their pen package.

When CTF contributes to purchasing the pen package, the transfer of funds goes directly from CTF bank accounts to the Home Hardware store who then delivers the package to the inmates. This ensures that 100% of the funds are used only for the purchase & delivery of this package.

We carefully select the clients who qualify for our Inmate Support Fund, based on criteria such as their participation in our programs, their willingness to reflect on the nature of their charges, and their proven ability to demonstrate genuine change. We also look for inmates who promote our programs, who connect us with others, and who have contributed some value to CTF development. In this way, when we provide a pen package to an inmate, it is in recognition & appreciation for their contributions to our nonprofit efforts.

Currently, CTF is supporting a 32 year old native man, from Hamilton, who is going by J.H. His story and Go Fund Me page can be accessed at this link. We would be so grateful for any contributions – big or small – which can help J.H. during his transfer to a penitentiary. Please consider reading his story here and if you feel inspired to contribute that would be wonderful. It is the generous support of friends, families and community members which has moved CTF forward over the years, allowing us to continue growing & helping more and more people along the way.

Not that interested in supporting purchase of a pen pack but you still want to help?

Donations of all denominations are warmly welcomed at any time. We use 100% of funds raised to run phone lines, send letter-writing campaigns, and provide transformation correspondence courses. Your donation can help us keep our programs running & growing!

C$25.00

Update: FUNdrive Spring 2020 … rescheduled to Summer 2020!

CTF has partnered with Value Village to run a fundraising clothing drive called FUNdrive.

We had originally scheduled a delivery dated for April 24, 2020 but due to the Covid-19 concerns we have postponed until Summer 2020.

How does it work? We collect the clothing and small household items and donate it to Value Village. In exchange, they will pay CTF per pound. The money raised from this FUNdrive will go directly towards operating costs of the Community Transformation Program. Check back here soon for more details!

We are collecting…

  • Gently worn clothing with no stains, rips or broken buttons/zippers
  • Small kitchen & bathroom appliances and accessories
  • Children’s gently used toys (indoor/outdoor)
  • Please no books or magazines

We are gathering items in a storage unit, please contact us for details.

Thank you to all those who are volunteering to donate items, store items, pick up and deliver! This great initiative is going to be a great success because of YOU!

Don’t have clothing to donate? But you want to contribute?

100% of money raised through fundraising is used for charitable purposes, offering programs & services to individuals and families free of charge. We run a crisis phone line, operate FB support groups, and publish courses in transformation. Help keep this important work moving forward by making a donation today.

C$15.00

Food Package Delivered During Covid-19 Self-Isolation Crisis

Burnaby, B.C. – On Wed. March 18, 2020, a CTF volunteer found a call for help on a local FB page for updates on the Covid-19 crisis in Vancouver area. A man in his 30s wrote that he’s had a cough so he hasn’t been able to work, that he has run out of food, and it was later learned he has no family nearby. The CTF volunteer responded to the man asking what he needs and then sent out an email to a group of friends and a faith group, who responded. They were asking how they could help.

By Friday a care package with non-perishable food items as well as some fresh fruits, veggies, eggs & bread were collected, along with a generous monetary donation, which could buy specific items the man needed.

The package was delivered on Friday afternoon and over the following weekend donations continued coming in, making it possible to bring another food package as well. The man has been tested for Covid-19 and is awaiting results, which he reports can take between a week or two. In the meantime, he has some basic food supplies to help him through this health & financial crisis.

CTF would like to thank the volunteers who arranged for this delivery and also the members of the Baha’i Faith who contributed to this thoughtful & much needed care package.

These are some of the ways CTF reaches out to support community members in need during times of crisis.

The man who received the care package wrote in a text, ” I appreciate this more than you know.”

During this global pandemic, while people are being encouraged to keep a physical distance from one another, it is heart-warming to see neighbours coming together to help one another.

You Can Make a Donation To Support This Important Work

100% of donations are used for charitable purposes for community-building activities and programs.

$20.00

CTF Volunteers Respond to Family in Need

On March 06, 2020, a family reached out to CTF describing a financial challenge. The father, J.C. we’ll call him, said his newborn needed diapers & wipes. When a CTF volunteer asked for more information, we found the family was also in need of some food and other personal hygiene supplies. That’s when our Community Outreach Worker got busy pulling in some resources for this new family.

Our volunteer contacted the London Ontario Giving Tree group on Facebook and shared an anonymous post asking for help with diapers & wipes. Someone was so kind and generously donated some toiletries, a whole bunch of grocery items and $100 towards diapers, wipes & other grocery items.

Our volunteer arranged pick up with the donor and gathered the supplies and then delivered them to the CTF family in need.

We received a thank you message from the family later that evening, expressing their gratitude and what a difference CTF had made for them that day.

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We are very happy to help in anyway we can and are so glad we could be there for this new family. CTF is sending an extra special THANK YOU to its volunteer who helped make this happen today. Without our volunteers, and their generous gift of their time, CTF could not do what it does to help families and build community!

PROGRESS: CTF Takes Great Strides

Since our inception in November 2017, we have grown from having two clients to now having more than 60 clients. Additionally, we now connect with family, friends and loved ones who are supporting the someone close to them who has been incarcerated.

We started out in Maplehurst Correctional Center but now connect with inmates in detention centers, treatment centers and penitentiaries from Canada’s East Coast to West Coast.

When we were incorporated on July 01, 2019 we had four working board members. We now have added an Advisory Council, a Media team, a crisis phone line & correspondence team and a parent’s group.

We’re working with inmates who cross the spectrum from minor driving infractions and minor theft charges, to inmates with weapons & drug possession charges, robbery, arson, criminal assault, child & human trafficking, attempted murder and first degree murder.

Inmates we work with show willingness to reflect on their lives, are open to transformation, and have a desire to create a more positive future for themselves.

We have offered some unique services in the past year, such as providing a daily newspaper to a range where many CTF clients resided. We have also made lawyer and phone service referrals. We have submitted three character references to inmates which were used in their trials to demonstrate the positive response to our programs & services.

We are now four months away from the end of our first fiscal year and are very excited about the new opportunities opening up every day. We are welcoming new volunteers, new members, and new business partnerships.

Our new website is just one example of the ways our nonprofit is growing and I am looking forward to sharing more and more encouraging developments as we move through the next few months and years.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the volunteers, family members, inmates, lawyers, medical teams, accountants and business owners whose continuous support helped CTF navigate its beginning years. We planted seeds which are now growing into wonderful gardens and the fruit of our efforts is abundantly clear.

FUNdrive Spring 2020

CTF has partnered with Value Village to run a clothing drive this Spring. How does it work? We collect the clothing and small household items and donate it to Value Village. In exchange, they will pay CTF per pound. The money raised from this FUNdrive will go directly towards operating costs of the Community Transformation Program. Check back here soon for more details!

300+ Books Collected for Jail Library

In Summer 2019, because of the effort of our volunteers and the generous donations from our sponsors, we were able to collect more than 300 books to donate to a women’s jail in London, Ontario. We were passionate about this initiative because many inmates say reading helps pass the time. In fact, many say they haven’t read a book in years but now that they are in jail they read about one a week. That’s when it occurred to us at CTF that we have a great opportunity here to get excellent materials to inmates. The more we enrich the jails libraries, the more personal growth and education can expand for the inmates. We’d like to continue this Book Drive initiative again next year. All those outdated jail libraries, with books published in 1984, can look forward to seeing more and more of us as the months and years go on.

CTF Taking Great Strides

Gives meaning to the text. We have been working to plant seeds.
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Since our inception in November 2017, we have grown from having two clients to now having more than 60 clients. Additionally, we now connect with family, friends and loved ones who are supporting the someone close to them who has been incarcerated.

We started out in Maplehurst Correctional Center but now connect with inmates in detention centers, treatment centers and penitentiaries from Canada’s East Coast to West Coast.

When we were incorporated on July 01, 2019 we had four working board members. We now have added an Advisory Council, a Media team, a crisis phone line & correspondence team and a parent’s group.

We’re working with inmates who cross the spectrum from minor driving infractions and minor theft charges, to inmates with weapons & drug possession charges, robbery, arson, criminal assault, child & human trafficking, attempted murder and first degree murder.

Inmates we work with show willingness to reflect on their lives, are open to transformation, and have a desire to create a more positive future for themselves.

We have offered some unique services in the past year, such as providing a daily newspaper to a range where many CTF clients resided. We have also made lawyer and phone service referrals. We have submitted three character references to inmates which were used in their trials to demonstrate the positive response to our programs & services.

We are now four months away from the end of our first fiscal year and are very excited about the new opportunities opening up every day. We are welcoming new volunteers, new members, and new business partnerships.

Our new website is just one example of the ways our nonprofit is growing and I am looking forward to sharing more and more encouraging developments as we move through the next few months and years.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the volunteers, family members, inmates, lawyers, medical teams, accountants and business owners whose continuous support helped CTF navigate its beginning years. We planted seeds which are now growing into wonderful gardens and the fruit of our efforts is abundantly clear.

Onwards and upwards we go!

I’d Like To Donate Now to CTF

100% of donations areused for charitable services provided to individuals and families in need of accessing our phone lines, correspondence training programs, and counselling services.

C$10.00