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Capacity Training

Examples of capacity-building opportunities that the clients will experience within this life skills apprenticeship at Making Ourselves Matter Services Society (MOMSS):

  • Promotes the benefits of ongoing personal and professional development as a lifelong learner, opening up the residents to new possibilities, new knowledge and new skill areas
  • Provides the opportunity to complete formal education, as well as directly supported to further both their personal and professional development goals, maximizing their potential for higher learning
  • Access to pre-employment supports, removing the barriers to employment readiness, bridging to the labor market and/or post-secondary education through training and learning opportunities
  • Access to job coaches, job shadowing and job exploration
  • Access opportunities for skill development, for example, food preparation, household management, money management, financial literacy and education
  • Access to a garden and experience in a sustainable living, connecting with environment
  • Access to community mentors and volunteers who provide a positive learning experience, encouraging new skills through training or presentations facilitated at the home
  • Identifies and links residents to long-term external services through outreach that will also contribute to improved well-being, supporting them in their sustainability
  • Access to visit coaching services, developing essential life and social skills to promote healthy boundaries, building and embracing a positive support system, and repairing damaged relationships
  • Utilizes internal and external recreational activities to build social interaction skills
  • Opportunities to volunteer, job shadow, fundraise, and pass forward tangible examples of their personal growth out in the community
  • Develops social resistance skills, such as drug refusal and media analysis skills, empowering residents to make healthy decisions, promoting anti-drug attitudes, and correcting normative expectations. Communication and anxiety management skills are examples of competencies that if promoted will decrease not only a motivation to use drugs, but also the vulnerability to peer influences that support drug use
  • Practice living independently, a unique opportunity presented on the premises to strengthen self-sufficiency skills while at the same time supporting their need for stable, safe, and secure housing. This will lessen fear and build confidence, ultimately enhancing the clients' success rate.
When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.
- Helen Keller