The Existence Of Poverty Is Shameful - To Be Poor Is Not!
OUR MISSION

Rooted in God's radical love, expressed through compassion and action, the Regina Anti-Poverty Ministry advocates and educates with and for those seeking social and economic justice.  

OTHER INFO 

REGINA Survival Guide for Emergency Shelter, Food, Free Clothing, etc. this guide tells you where to get help quickly. Please click onThe Survival Guide website.

For current rates, application forms, and more on the Saskatchewan Assistance Program, please visit the provincial Ministry of Social Services website.

 

 

 

Individual Advocacy

Individual advocacy involves providing support for low-income individuals and families to ensure that they are receiving those benefits that they are entitled to and that they are being treated fairly by the institutions that they are dealing with.  RAPM attempts to mediate conflict between individuals and institutions so that there are mutually agreed upon resolutions, but we do represent clients through the various appeal processes which are in place to resolve conflicts.

A majority of our individual advocacy casework involves responding to decisions made by the Income Assistance and Disability Services Division of the Ministry of Social Services.  Since the closure of the Welfare Rights Centre in 2011, we are the only community organization with a mandate to provide this service.  We also represent clients with a range of other institutions.

Our income security advocacy includes handling social assistance cut-offs and denials, underpayments and overpayments, shelter and utility coverage, as well as special household, medical, travel, dietary and disability needs.

RAPM handled a record high number of cases related to difficulties covering rent in 2016.  We also handled many rental availability, eviction and condition cases.  RAPM continued to help many clients with Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) application and eligibility issues.  We also saw a continuing growth in cases related to the Transitional Employment Allowance (TEA) as that program has been expanded.

In total, RAPM handled an all-time high 2,271 cases in 2016.  We successfully resolved a significant majority of these cases.  This does not mean that the persons necessarily received everything that they would have liked but their situation was made better after having made contact with our office.

RAPM is also a food bank referral agency and intervenes on behalf of individuals and families to help them meet immediate needs such as food, shelter and clothing.  We help navigate systems and refer people to appropriate services.  RAPM also provides pastoral care for persons who are dealing with issues or crises that are not advocacy or charity related.  In all our casework, we seek to uphold the dignity of those requesting our help.  We also maintain strict confidentiality.

During the past year, the RAPM staff conducted four advocacy training workshops for volunteers, clients, ministry personnel, service providers and practicum students.  This included workshops to the staff of Aboriginal Family Services and Aboriginal Grandmothers Raising Grandchildren.  These workshops develop advocacy skills in the community and help us keep up with the demand for this service.  We present a recognized certificate to those who take the workshop and then provide 30 hours of advocacy service.