COVID-19 SUPPORT

COVID-19 SUPPORT

 

COVID-19 is a global crisis. We all need to do our part and STAY HOME.

TAP recognizes that this can be particularly challenging for the community. If you are in need, please contact TAP by email tapisforyou@outlook.com

Some of the ways we can help include:

  1. Food Delivery: TAP is preparing a volunteer task force to do your grocery shopping and deliver to your home via porch drop-off.
  2. Support Network: To address feelings of anxiety and/or depression.
  3. Financial Distress: TAP can support by providing food and other items to lessen the financial burden.

Please contact TAP if you are in need during this stressful time. We’re all in this together and TAP is for you.

For more information email: tapisforyou@outlook.com

Neighbours helping Neighbours

COVID-19 HOW YOU CAN HELP

COVID-19 HOW YOU CAN HELP

 

You can see the need and you’ve asked, “How Can I Help?”

We’re humbled.

TAP is preparing for the COVID-19 crisis by planning to:

  • Provide food deliveries to those who wish to receive this service
  • Ensure vulnerable persons, such as seniors, people who live alone, and those who are in self-isolation without the means to a support network have access to help
  • Refer access to mental health and other wellness resources

The safest and most effective way to help is to provide a donation.

Grocery items will also be accepted. Please contact TAP for instructions on how to safely donate food.

For more information email: tapisforyou@outlook.com

Neighbours helping Neighbours

A Heartfelt Thank You

A Heartfelt Thank You

The caring support of our community has been pouring in. On behalf of TAP, so many thanks to all who are thinking of us, praying for us, donating and sending support in so many ways. Christmas is not yet here, but it is already very evident that so many Christmases will be brightened by our neighbours in need, thanks to a generous and thoughtful community. It takes a village to support a village. Thank you.

–Deborah Wagler

An Introduction to the New Program Director of TAP

An Introduction to the New Program Director of TAP

I am both honoured and humbled to be given the job of Program Director for TAP. Sharon Walkom has left an indelible footprint in this community. Her compassion and vision have served to help so many, in her gracious and unassuming manner, leaving a hole to fill that seems unfillable. However, I have felt the call to continue on with her passion and to further carry on and develop the mandate of TAP. That is, to help anyone in our community through that ‘rough patch’ that we all endure at some time in our lives. TAP’s mandate is to assist, not to sustain, through the generosity of our friends and neighbours. It is my desire to be a small part of this assistance.

I come to this position with a great deal of experience working with people, in a variety of capacities and situations. I have lived in the Tavistock area for over 30 years. Many are not familiar with me. Other than the family that I married into, I do not have family in the Tavistock area. We are proud to have raised our three sons, with lots of support, in this community. We are very familiar with the arena, and soccer and baseball fields in our area.  My  experience working with people may be one reason for my appointment. I have worked with people of all ages, many of whom  had challenges (specifically as Activities’ assistant in group homes and nursing homes), and with local schools, as a teacher, coach, mentor, and friend. I have served in many capacities in the community, also as coach, volunteer, on different boards, and in my church. I have volunteer experience with TAP, which should help make this transition a bit smoother.
It is said that it takes a village to raise a child. I further believe that it takes a village to raise a village. No man is an island, and we all want to help each other, even if it is as simple as a smile or a kind word. Please know how much your support is appreciated, no matter how small or in what form it may take. Sharon and I have worked closely together to create a smooth exchange from her to me. Your thoughts, prayers and kind words are highly valued.
To Need is to be Vulnerable

To Need is to be Vulnerable

In strong communities, we often find that our neighbours reach out freely when we need them most. It can feel as though they know the right time to drop off those delicious baked goods, offer a ride, or pick up the garbage cans that have blown down the street. Their timing just seems to be perfect.

These generous favours usually come to us unasked. While we’re grateful for the kind gesture, we find ourselves negotiating with our own feelings about whether to accept. And in the end, we feel somewhat relieved knowing that we can return the favour one day.

But what happens when a need goes unseen or misunderstood? The impact of a need can leave us feeling stressed, wounded by monetary loss, or maybe even feeling loneliness or guilt. Non-physical symptoms of need are often very difficult to see. Yet they exist.

Asking for help may be one of the hardest hurdles to overcome. It can often leave us feeling vulnerable and emotional at a time when we’re trying our best to keep it all together.

But in vulnerability there is strength and a commitment to being open to receiving support so that we can heal… from physical displacement, from illness, from a place of emotional distress. Being part of a strong community can sometimes mean being a good neighbour and friend to our own selves as well as to others. This means finding the strength to reach out to those who are willing to stand by us.

The Tavistock Assistance Program provides support for needs within our community. Our services are completely confidential, non-judgmental, and backed by Christian values. We are the neighbours you can count on to be there. And when the timing is right, and you wish to repay the favour, there are many ways you can give back to TAP. But for now, let’s just focus on you.

Contact TAP confidentially at:
Phone: 519-655-3500
Email: tapisforyou@outlook.com
www.tapisforyou.com

Random Act for Change

Random Act for Change

While waiting in line at the CIBC in Tavistock, a man witnessed a senior man with a pile of pennies. He was looking for something to do with them.
“I really don’t want them,” he heard the man say to the teller. The bank teller was willing to exchange the coins for what they were worth. Still, the senior insisted he just wanted rid of the pennies.
“Why don’t you donate them to TAP?” asked the man witnessing the exchange. “And here is some more to go with your donation,” he said as he handed over some of his own money.
On that particular day, a small bag of change in the total of $21.41 was donated from 2 gentlemen in Tavistock who did not leave their names.
Acts of generosity like this will go a long way to supporting members of our community who find themselves in a situation which has disrupted their normal way of life, and which has impacted their financial stability in some way.
TAP works to provide a better way for people who are struggling due to an unforeseen circumstance. An example of this would be a sudden illness. Once a situation is reported to TAP, the program’s director, Sharon Walkom, works with the individual or family to identify ways in which TAP can support them best. “There are many ways a family can receive support,” says Sharon. Sometimes, gift cards are provided. Food can also be donated from our supply of non-perishables. Or, a service can be provided to help the family through a unique circumstance.
Whatever the need may be, the program runs with strict confidentiality. “We have a great deal of respect for this community,” says Sharon.
As a non-profit organization, we are so fortunate to live in a community where TAP was on the top of someone’s mind when they witnessed a man looking for something to do with a pile of spare change. Together, we can create a community that thrives on the building blocks of neighbours helping neighbours, with these simple, random acts for change.
For more information about the Tavistock Assistance Program, or to make a donation, go to www.tapisforyou.com

One pair of glasses changed her life

One pair of glasses changed her life

We affectionately called her squiggles. She was a young girl, struggling in public school. She lacked focus and self-direction. Determined not to let her slip away, her teacher gave us a call.

We met with this endearing young girl, along with her mother. Her mother was alone, and worked hard each day just to put food on the table. After a lengthy discussion about what might be at the root cause of this girl’s behaviour, we all came to realize that she may be struggling with her eyesight.

While eye examinations are covered for school aged children today, they weren’t at the time. T.A.P. arranged for a visit with an optometrist, and soon this bright, young girl was fitted with her first pair of glasses, to which she exclaimed, “I don’t see no squiggles no more!”

Almost immediately, “Squiggles” started to excel in public school and eventually, she graduated high school with honours. We think about her often today, and we’re so happy that, thanks to our community supporters, T.A.P. was able to help provide her first pair of glasses.

TAP thrives on the building blocks of neighbours helping neighbours. The need in our community is great, and we can’t do it without you. Please give today.

Dentures and a new smile

Dentures and a new smile

Melva* lived at PeopleCare in Tavistock. During a visit, her sister came to learn that Melva had broken her dentures. Melva didn’t have any kind of financial coverage to replace them, and she only received a disability pension, which wouldn’t cover the dental expense. So Melva’s sister reached out to T.A.P.  to see if there was any way support could be provided. Recognizing that there can be emotional effects due to denture loss, we felt compelled to support this family. We were able to reach out to a network of professionals and we found a solution for Melva. The denture solution was such a blessing, as Melva’s smile is lovely!

*Name and photo have been changed to maintain confidentiality.

TAP thrives on the building blocks of neighbours helping neighbours. The need in our community is great, and we can’t do it without you. Please give today.

 

An unexpected illness shifts the family’s focus

An unexpected illness shifts the family’s focus

Life has a way of dishing out some overwhelming challenges at times. And nobody wants to hear about a family member becoming ill. But it happens. And how can anyone be prepared to hear the words cancer, stroke, heart attack. When an unexpected illness affects a family, their focus shifts from normal daily tasks to figuring out how to get to medical appointments. Those appointments can be daily and the medical treatments can cause further stress. Financial strain is often immediate. So T.A.P. is here for those moments in life when you’ve been thrown a curve ball. Nobody expects you to do it on your own.

TAP thrives on the building blocks of neighbours helping neighbours. The need in our community is great, and we can’t do it without you. Please give today.

When a family loses everything

When a family loses everything

A house fire is not only burns up the structure and the contents within it, but it also leaves a family homeless. And while we may be prepared with insurance in such a case, we are certainly not prepared to lose the foundation on which our family thrives. In times of financial strain, waiting for an insurance claim is not a feasible solution. We still have an immediate need for not only a place of comfort, but toiletries and groceries need to be replaced right away. T.A.P. works to keep food and toiletries on the shelves to help in desperate situations, such as this. While we aren’t a sustaining food bank, we are available to help in emergency situations and very happy to do so.

TAP thrives on the building blocks of neighbours helping neighbours. The need in our community is great, and we can’t do it without you. Please give today.