The Urban Indigenous Homeward Bound Feasibility Project had a successful second year of activities with all of the communities originally engaged participating in the review and adaptation of WoodGreen's Homeward Bound model for the urban Indigenous context.
Sally Ledger, the Executive Director of the Dryden Native Friendship Centre had this to say about the program, "The WoodGreen Homeward Bound program model - of complete wrap around services which meet the essential needs of family - is a natural fit with our Indigenous values. The concept of the whole community (numerous service agencies) coming together to support the individual needs is also in line with our Indigenous beliefs." Having spent the last year intensively reviewing and adapting the model for the local urban Indigenous context in Dryden, Ledger added, "We are thankful to the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC) and WoodGreen Community Services for providing us the support, motivation and inspiration to pursue this initiative. With the support and collaboration of our key community partners, we are confident that we will be successful in making a real positive change for our community members."
Participating Friendship Centres include Dryden Native Friendship Centre, Timmins Native Friendship Centre, Niagara Regional Native Centre, Hamilton Regional Indian Centre, N'Amerind (London) Friendship Centre, and the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre.