Today, representatives from several local agencies signed the Durham Connect Charter, which marks a great milestone in the development of this community-based program that has a goal of connecting people to the services they need in a timely manner.
Established in the spring of 2015, Durham Connect has brought one of the most innovative approaches to problem solving in the world to Durham Region. Led by DRPS, the group has helped almost 300 people through the hard work of 33 community agencies (including The Region of Durham, Durham's Children's Aid Society, local school boards, Lakeridge Health, Durham Mental Health Services, Ontario Shores, Central East LHIN) that meet weekly to talk about people and families in need.
Referrals to Durham Connect come through a community agency representative, including DRPS officers. It takes a number of agencies to address the needs of the individuals who may be facing drug, poverty, mental health issues or domestic violence. The goal is to ensure a person or family is safe, stable and connected to the community services they need.
Durham Connect offers the most responsive, individualized, timely and coordinated help to people in need in our community. And it is a true testament to the commitment of everyone involved. And the Durham Connect Charter affirms the direction of this program. As well, the Executive Committee, made up of 10 representatives from various agencies, signed its own Terms of Reference.
Signing the Durham Connect Charter (JPG file, 313.8K bytes)