Connections Project Supervisor
Kate has the privilege of overseeing the Connections Project and providing support and direction to her incredible team of staff. In this role she is responsible for communicating regularly with MCFD social workers, Delegated Aboriginal Agencies, and other partner agencies.
Aboriginal Family Development (AFD) Connections Worker
Darren started with the Friendship Centre in 2012. Darren has worked extensively with youth and their families in many supportive capacities such as outreach worker, mental health worker, and coach of our All Nations Soccer League. In his current role as AFD Connections Worker Darren provides direct service to at-risk Aboriginal families with school aged children/youth (ages 7-18); and families with young parents (up to age 26), who have grown up in, or aged-out of the care system.
Aboriginal Child and Youth (ACY) Connections Worker
Carrie has dedicated her life to supporting children and youth in her community which has made her a natural fit for her role as Aboriginal Child & Youth worker within our connections Program.
The Connections Project is a direct-service approach to reducing the number of Urban Aboriginal children and youth in-care; and to improving outcomes for those living at-risk, and/or receiving services under the CFCSA in Houston and surrounding areas. The Connections Project creates culturally relevant networks of supportive community connections centered around clients’ needs, removing risks to child safety, and improving permanency.
Connections Youth Drop-in Program
M-F after school-6pm
The Connections Project also hosts a drop-in program for youth ages 13-18. This daily program offers a safe supervised space for youth to access support and connect needs around culture, kinship, life skills, education, employment, food security, and mental health to appropriate resources and services.