Step Forward Program at Alongside You

We believe excellent health care should be accessible to all.

 

The quality of health care you receive should not be dictated by how much money is in your bank account. Everyone matters.

Change Takes A Community

If we want to help create change in a community, we need to do the right thing, at the right time, for the right reasons, because it’s the right thing to do. This what we do at Alongside You.”

– Andrew Neufeld, MC, RCC & Co-founder

 

 

What is the Step Forward Program?

When we started Alongside You, the dream was to provide our services to anyone in need of help, regardless of their income. We’ve always had a sliding fee scale for our services, but we quickly realized that even our lower fees were out of reach for some. We started the Step Forward Program in response to this need.

Throughout the year, we do some fundraising, public events, and public speaking and all of the funds received go into a separate fund we’ve set up where we can draw funds to subsidize our services for those who need some extra help.

In 3 short years, we’ve provided over $200,000 in subsidized services, and we have never turned anyone away because of money. This is our goal. What we’re realizing, however, is that demand is increasing and our fund needs to increase to support this work.

Now, we’re working on growing the Step Forward Program and we need the help of the community.

Top Notch Health Care

Subsidized should not mean less than. Our goal is quality care for all.

Sometimes lower budgets and subsidies means service quality goes down. Not here. Our program provides the same services to everyone, regardless of whether they are paying the full cost themselves or being subsidized by the program.

Experienced Clinicians

Professional and Friendly Staff

Evidenced-based care

All are welcome

Our Community Cares

We believe that care is about community. To accomplish our mission, we embed ourselves in the community, and we rally the community to support the cause. We couldn’t do this without the people around us.

Quality Matters

We don’t have a special section of the office, or different clinicians for our Step Forward Program. Our offices and services are the same for every client.

All are welcome

We don’t discriminate based on age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, political affiliation, or otherwise. We value you, and believe you deserve the best care possible.

No Overhead

Our program is unique. Our clinic, Alongside You, covers all of the overhead for this program. This means 100% of funds received go directly to caring for people.

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Who Do We Help With Our Step Forward Program?

The clients we help through our Step Forward Program are diverse. Here’s a small picture of some of the wide range of clients we serve.

Clients at High Risk for Suicide

We work with many clients who have recent suicide attempts and/or are coming to us straight from an inpatient stay at a psychiatric facility. As you might imagine, most of these clients are struggling financially, and often are not able to maintain employment due to the severity of their illness.

Individuals on Income Assistance

We work with many clients on income assistance who struggle to make ends meet on a monthly basis. Services are this population are limited, and we are trying to fill this gap and meet the need.

Single parent families

We work with many single-parent families who are working at supporting their families as best they can as they go through changes.

Individuals struggling with substance misuse

We work with individuals and families struggling with substance misuse. We do the early work, provide referrals to treatment centres when necessary, and work with them when they come back from treatment and are working on their recovery. Recovery is a full time endeavour and some are not able to maintain employment at times, particularly early in the recovery process.

At Risk Youth

We work with at risk youth, many who do not have anywhere else to turn, are being subjected to abuse in one form or another, or who are not supported by their families in asking for help. Our program allows them to seek help safely, and in confidence.

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

We need your help. Our community needs your help. You can make a real impact. Join us.

Our little program has grown exponentially over the past 3 years and has served numerous clients who would not otherwise be able to access services, to the tune of over $200,000. The demand is not going down, and we need help from our community to grow this fund so we can continue to meet the demand.

Our goal in everything we do is to do the right thing, at the right time, for the right reasons. Is this the right time for you to get involved? We’d love to talk to you about it.

Have questions about the program? Don’t hesitate to ask. Please use the form below and we’ll get right back to you!

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