Due to the changes in social isolation, SAFFRON has made the decision to move to online video or phone call sessions with our clients effective Monday, March 23. We will also be providing groups in this format as well as uploading content from our Public Education Department. This policy is to keep you, your community, and our therapist healthy. We will monitor the situation as it changes and will reopen for face to face sessions as soon as it is deemed safe to do so. Administration will be available for phone calls and intakes between 9am-4pm, Monday to Friday. We are still taking on new clients and are able to offer support and referrals to other agencies when required.
Stay safe and healthy friends. We can't wait to welcome you to our centre again soon.
Love SAFFRON Staff and Board.
If you need assistance, here are some great resources you can call:
CASASC 24hr Crisis Line: Call or Text 1-866-956-1099
Strathcona County FCS: 780-464-4044
Alberta's OneLine: 1-866-403-8000
To all our clients and community members:
Handmade silk tie quilt,
Estimated value of $700
Tickets: $10 each
Draw date: August 29th 2020
All proceeds go to Saffron Centre's Counselling & Public Education Departments
We will provide the tools for healing and provide support for those who have been directly impacted by sexual violence, as well as for their caregivers.
We will provide proactive education and empower the next generation to end sexual violence.
To provide counselling services to those who have suffered from sexual violence, as well as those support persons, family members, etc., of someone who has experienced sexual violence. To provide proactive education regarding sexual violence to all individuals and to empower all to end sexual violence by the next generation.
Ending Sexual Violence "by" the next generation...a reality we should all embrace.
In the late 1990’s, the staff and board at Sherwood Park’s Domestic Violence Organization, A Safe Place, started noting the alarming number of clients come to them with domestic violence as well as sexual violence issues. They knew they needed to branch out and hire someone to help specifically with sexual violence. In 1998, A Safe Talk was born. Originally housed inside the domestic violence shelter, it was one single counsellor trained to support individuals who had experienced sexual violence. Quickly, word spread around the community and people began seeking support from the therapist for their own experiences. Strathcona Sexual Assault Centre was created in September of 2000 in response to the need in the community. It wasn’t until early 2003 when it got its own location. In 2007, we changed our name to SAFFRON Sexual Assault Centre. In December 2017, we moved into our new location on Athabascan Avenue. We have 9 counselling rooms plus a large play room. We are bigger than ever and keep growing steadily! We have seen an ongoing need from members of our own community, rural areas, Edmonton, and outlying communities as well.
Seeds of Healing Therapy
Effective therapy looks not only at the surface of the problem, but the underlying individual, intrapersonal, familial, social, and cultural issues. We work at providing outstanding service and care to victims of:
Recent or historical sexual assault and sexual abuse
Sexual violence including sexual exploitation
Recent or historical childhood sexual assault and/or abuse
PTSD as a result of sexual trauma
These services are also provided to caregivers and supporters of sexual assault, sexual abuse, or sexual violence.
Support for Victims of Crime
Information and assistance available for applying for Financial Benefits and Restitution and writing Victim Impact Statements. Court Preparation and Court Accompaniment also available.
Our Public Education program provides educational and informative presentations for children starting in kindergarten up to Grade 12. We also provide university, parent and caregiver, and professional presentations. Our goal is to prevent sexual violence through community involvement.
POLICE AND COURT SUPPORT
The goal of this program is to provide support to those that are wanting to engage in the judicial process. We can support in reporting to police or provide court preparation and accompaniment. We can assist clients in completing necessary paperwork as well.
Sometimes when you're in a dark place, you think you have been buried but you have been planted. Bloom.