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The Approach

Top reasons behind
Phelps Helps’ success

We provide a
continuum of support

Our services respond to the specific needs of individuals from age 8-30 without duplicating other community services provided. Instead, we identify and unify programs to ensure residents can avail themselves of the scope of assistance that is offered. By providing steady support and attachment to our participants at an early age, we remain a familiar and trusted mainstay for children through adolescence and into adulthood. Multiple entry points to our programs provide a level of flexibility that few other organizations are able to provide.

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We leverage the power of early intervention

In 2017, it was revealed that the number of children from the Stanstead area who were vulnerable in more than 2 areas of development before the age of 5 was higher than both the regional and provincial averages. Confidence, curiosity and good learning habits must be fostered early, before entry into school. Our year-round community outreach activities equip the whole family to nurture early literacy and school readiness. Additionally, local employers have identified that many of the challenges local youth and adults face with regards to employability are not easily acquired at an older age; namely bilingualism and soft skills. Our elementary level programs integrate these skills as early age 8, helping to prevent the struggles they could face in their future employment.

We focus on educational transitions

The move from elementary to high school is a critical one and often alienating. It’s a vulnerable period when kids can fall through the cracks or veer down the wrong path. We collaborate with schools and parents to prepare students, in advance, to navigate this milestone transition with autonomy and self-assurance.

We focus on individuals

In every program, we look at what each participant is facing. Our more-than 50 volunteers, including university students in psychology and education, CEGEP students in special care counselling and former teachers, enable highly individualized support. Many of our students face major personal or family issues that add to their pressures. We provide a safe space for them to be listened to or to simply share a healthy snack among people who care.

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We collaborate

We work with and are endorsed by elementary schools, high schools and school boards and continuously confer with parents and teachers. We’ve coordinated with schools to establish a bus stop directly at our front door. We’ve surveyed teachers, families and students to hear what they have to say and what they need from us to help them succeed. Partnerships with other community organizations are also critical; allowing for us to offer referrals when needed.

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We study and meet with the best in the field

Other organizations in Quebec and Canada are leading efforts to achieve educational success among vulnerable and marginalized groups. We meet with our most successful peers and adapt our programs to provide what works best for the people of the Stanstead area.

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We know how to appeal to today’s youth and young adults

Other organizations in Quebec and Canada are leading efforts to achieve educational success among vulnerable and marginalized groups. We meet with our most successful peers and adapt our programs to provide what works best for the people of the Stanstead area.

Testimonials

“We have supported Phelps Helps for many years, and were inspired to see their team not miss a beat in responding to the many new needs of the pandemic. We say, “Well done!” to the whole Phelps Helps community, and a sincere thank you for putting our modest funds to such good use.”

- ROBERT VANIER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ORGANIX FOUNDATION