|Group Care Treatment Program|
Information for young people and their families
Knowles Centre offers five different programs for the young people it serves. For some clients, we provide a Group Care Treatment Program. That means you will live with other clients of Knowles Centre and may stay with us for a few months or for a year or more.
Here are some frequently asked questions about life at Knowles Centre:
We all face problems in life that make it hard to live at home or go to school from time to time. These problems can often be overcome with help from friends, family or caring adults. But sometimes more help is needed. Knowles Centre provides a safe place for you to live while you (and your family) receive the support and work out the problems you are facing.
Knowles Centre is a treatment centre, not a jail or detention centre. Our goal is to help you find your strengths and become the best person you can be.
You will live with other clients in a treatment unit located on Knowles Centre’s grounds at 2065 Henderson Highway or in a neighborhood close by. There are separate units for boys and girls.
You will have your own bedroom where you will sleep and keep your things. The living room, kitchen and bathrooms are shared by everyone.
One or more staff members will be in the unit at all times. They are there to ensure your safety and well being. Most of all, the staff will help you work out problems and have some fun.
There are some things that should not be brought to Knowles Centre:
What if I want to buy something new?
Knowles Centre will pay for your new clothes, shoes, haircuts, medicine, transportation, and other necessities. You will receive a weekly allowance you can use to buy special or extra things for yourself.
Each unit has a kitchen where you will help to make some of your own meals and snacks. On school days, lunch is prepared in our central kitchen and you will eat in the dining room or in your unit. Snacks are available between meals if you are hungry. You will never be asked to pay for your food.
Food prepared and served the same way you might find it at your own home. Most clients enjoy all the meals, but if there is something you don’t like, you can usually fill your plate with other foods being served during that meal.
Most clients living in Group Care attend John G. Stewart School. It is located on the grounds at Knowles Centre. At John G. Stewart School, you will have a chance to catch up on lessons that you might have missed in the past.
Some clients return to a school in your community or an alternative learning program.
Staff at Knowles Centre work closely with your school to help you do as well as possible.
When it is possible, we encourage you to stay in touch with your family through phone calls and visits home from time to time. Your family can also visit you at Knowles Centre and stay in the special family suite for a few days. Staff at Knowles Centre can help you to make arrangements.
At Knowles Centre, we want everyone to be the best they can be. But we know that some problems from the past get in the way of your future. We are here to help.
You will meet with a trained therapist alone or sometimes with members of your family. Together, you will identify the problems you are facing in life and help you work out a plan to fix them. You will continue to meet with your therapist weekly as you work towards a better way of life.
Clients living in an on-site unit on the Knowles Centre grounds may also take part in activities that are planned and supervised by a Recreation Coordinator.
Yes, Knowles Centre has its own camp located in the Whiteshell Provincial Park. Each summer, you have a chance to stay at the camp for a week or so. You will sleep in a modern cabin and eat in the dining hall. Best of all, you will have lots of fun, swim in the lake, paddle a canoe, cast for fish, sit around a campfire, and learn more about nature and the beautiful world around you.
All clients are invited to take part in the Biimautaziiwin Program. Participation in the program is optional.
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