With two years of the pandemic practically in our rearview mirrors, the Portage Community Revitalization Corporation has seen growth and a lot of activity.
Executive Director Victoria Espey says they have been really successful in supporting our community in so many ways.
“One of those included being the host of the Urban Native Immunization Clinic, which is still operating to this day,” says Espey. “Just being able to provide this support to our community, access to vaccines, and creating a culturally safe environment for our urban Indigenous peoples in this community was just a huge honor.”
She explains that their programs are working quite well, including their direct service program.
“Wawokiya has continued to support people. Our Reaching Home program has continued to support people, and even with the shelter closed, the Reaching Home team has placed 10 people in permanent accommodation. So that’s a huge success. .”
Espey notes that their Ask Auntie project started this year and has proven to be a wonderful resource for people. She says Robbie Longclaws is well-liked by the people she works with and has been a huge asset to their team.
“I couldn’t ask for a better team, and they really care about the community. The work they do clearly shows they care,” Espey continues. “We have 21 staff here at PCRC. Our team has doubled in size again, but it’s really been a trend over the last five years – doubling our programming and doubling our staffing component. So it’s a full house. “
She adds that they are all ready to respond to the needs of the community at all times and have wonderful partnerships with the local business community, municipal government and all of our Portage non-profit partners.
“We always say we don’t do anything alone,” says Espey. “We always identify with our community partners for the things we do in the projects we take on, and we couldn’t do this work without the support of the community behind us. So, from our hearts, we really want to say thank you and Happy Holidays to all.”