(Supported Advancement to Independent Living)
Knowles Centre’s SAIL Program helps youth living in care of the child welfare system to gain the skills and competencies they need to gradually transition to living independently in the community as young adults.
The SAIL Program focuses on these key areas:
How SAIL Works
The SAIL Program is presented in three stages:
Clients begin to receive support from the SAIL Program as they prepare to leave their current group home, foster home, shelter, or treatment setting. With the help of a SAIL support worker, the client begins to accumulate household needs in anticipation of moving into a SAIL apartment. This time also helps to establish a positive relationship between the client and support worker that will contribute to the client’s success during their journey to independence.
A safe and clean apartment suite is ready for SAIL clients as they move to the next stage. The program operates two buildings in southeast Winnipeg; both are supervised 24-hours per day. Typically, clients may live in the supported apartment for up to one year.
Here, clients work regularly with a SAIL support worker. Together they assess the client’s strengths, and identify and build on the client’s skills needed for independent living. Learning takes place both in the apartment setting and in the community as clients explore available resources and services alongside their support worker.
Over time, as clients gain confidence and ability, they are able to take on more responsibility and independence. The role of the support worker gradually shifts from a leader to a resource.
SAIL is committed to a smooth transition for clients at every stage. Clients continue to receive support and guidance for a few months once they graduate from their SAIL apartment and move into their own long-term place in the broader community.
Support is never far away. A 24-hour help line is available to clients who need assistance with unexpected problems, as well as emotional support
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