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About Us: The Jessica Martel Memorial Foundation (JMMF) was established on January 15, 2012, in response to the tragic death of Jessica Martel, a 26 year old woman who was murdered by her husband in Morinville, Alberta. Tragically, Jessica had a plan to leave her abusive relationship, but had nowhere safe to go. In efforts to prevent such tragedy and to provide support to women and their families in similar situations, the Jessica Martel Memorial Foundation aims to serve victims of domestic violence in Morinville, Sturgeon County and surrounding areas. Although tragedy was the driving force behind the creation of the JMMF, it was established as a result of a perceived need for a safe house within the community. Further exploration has validated this need and has provided additional drive for achieving JMMF’s goal of establishing a safe house. Our Goal: The larger goal is to open and operate a safe house in the area. There is a province-wide shortage of shelter beds (see Alberta Council for Women’s Shelters for shelter data). We are currently in the process of re-examining our strategic plan, which will include the next steps needed to ensure sustainability for such a project. At this point, the JMMF’s main priority is to establish strong partnerships within the community in order to make this project possible. The larger goal is to open and operate a safe house in the area. There is a province-wide shortage of shelter beds (see Alberta Council for Women's Shelters for shelter data https://www.acws.ca/collaborate-document/2342/view ).
Outreach Program: Assists individuals and families who have experienced domestic violence to get re-established in the community. We have found that there is a need to assist victims in getting connected to the necessary resources required after leaving an abusive relationship. Victims will often return to an abusive relationship due to lack of obtainable resources. One of our charitable objectives is to provide amenities, such as furniture or groceries, to victims who are getting re-established. The role of the outreach worker is to act as a strong advocate for individuals in the community, collaborate with other community agencies and provide referrals, work effectively with the individual and their supports to help achieve their goals, attend various community events to promote the JMMF and to educate the community on issues of Domestic Violence, and to participate in on-going program development.
We utilize Wraparound, a strengths-based approach to working with families and their children with complex needs. The process coordinates the efforts of professionals and natural supports involved in the lives of at-risk individuals, thus better meeting the needs of this population. The wraparound process focuses on utilizing and enhancing the existing strengths of the participants, their team, and their community to generate a comprehensive plan that addresses needs in many different life domains. Underlying wraparound as an effective and accountable intervention for at-risk individuals and families is a belief that, through wraparound, families and communities can "take care of their own." By "wrapping" supports and services around at-risk individuals and families, rather than expecting them to conform to existing services, wraparound is inherently responsive to the individuality of participants.
Board Members Lynne Rosychuk - President Mary Robinson - Vice President Monique Michener - Treasurer/Secretary Andrea Duncan - Director Kris Porlier - Director of Fund Development and Public Relations Janice Del Colle - Fundraiser Director