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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 3, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, February 3, 1975 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 15 Operating under LIP grant Project Arise helps handicapped to learn By LYNNE VAN LUVEN Herald Family Editor .Action. Rapport. Insight. Skills. Ex- perience. Combined, all five characteristics denote Project Arise, a practical self help program operating under the ad- ministration of the YWCA and funded by a federal department of manpower Local Initiatives Project grant of The program's main goal is to provide an informal community skills program for young adults who are educably mentally handicapped or socially and culturally deprived. Scheduled to end May 31, the project is devised to supplement existing programs such as the practical skills taught at Sunrise Ranch or Lethbridge Community College's- 'Insight' continuing education course and prepare participants for an independent living situation. Four Project Arise workers, co or- dinator Sue Kaupp, .workers Wesley Miller, Bella Day Chief and Christina Kiewszyn, operate out of offices upstairs at 542 7th St. S. Some of the workers are students; others have worked with similar concerns. The YWCA's liaison worker with the project is counsellor Reg Dumont who, with Elaine Petty of Alberta Mental Health Services, first identified the need for a program like Arise, and envisioned its present format. The workers are now training 35 people, whose average age is about 20, giving instruction in nine practical areas; per- sonal hygiene, household skills, com- munication and social behavior, self concept building, money management, family living, fitness and nutrition, effec- tive use of leisure time and social recreational experiences. The intent is to provide a positive learn- ing approach. Included in the program at present are 18 Sunrise Ranch residents and about a dozen' YWCA inhabitants who participate in twice weekly evening sessions. Tentative plans also include students from an opportunity class at Lethbridge Collegiate Institute. Worker Wesley Miller says sessions may be co-educational or not, depending on what's being discussed. As much as possible, the program is geared to allow students to proceed at their own rate. The workers interact with students in varied sized groups, depending on members' in- dividual needs and levels of development. Co ordinator Sue Kaupp says program participants are now learning about com- munications and social behavior. "The purpose of our says Mr. Dumont, "is to prepare people to the point of readiness for independent living in con- junction with programs provided by the Rehabilitation Workshop, the Lethbridge Community College, Mental Health Ser- vices or the Canadian Mental Health Association. Project Arise obtains most of its par- ticipants through referrals from other community agencies, such as those listed above, and remedial and special education teachers. "We haven't accepted that many new- comers says Ms. Kaupp, "but if new students did contact us, we'd attempt to devise additional programs for Mr. Dumont said the primary emphasis of the program is one of "normalization" giving participants development in recreational and social areas, sometimes overlooked despite education or job training. The workers agree that personal hygiene and self esteem seem to be the least 'developed areas for Arise par- ticipants. "With personal hygiene, it was simply that no one had taught them How to properly brush their teeth or shampoo their says Ms. Kaupp. everyone assumed they already knew all As for self esteem, Mr. Miller says Arise participants have often a very low idea of their own abilities and value as in- dividuals, something workers must try to change gradually in one to one and small group interaction sessions. Arise workers say many of their students have "no idea" what.recreational opportunities are available to them in Lethbridge; indeed, many have no concept of recreation other than watching television. "One of our difficulties, because we have no funding under LIP to do so, is be- ing able to expose people to social ac- tivities or attendance at a movie says Mr. Dumont. "It's not enough to ob- tain free passes for them, because they'll then have wrongly learned that they can go to events for nothing." The CMHA helps Arise in this area by providing week- ly entertainment evenings. "Many of the younger participants have been overly protected by their parents for a long says Ms. Kiewszyn. "Parents have instilled fear in them, so that something simple, like walking past a dark alley, terrifies them. The workers agree there is a definite need for an on going program similar to Arise. Mr. Dumont. says he "under es-. timated" the need for the program when first suggested it. He adds that the structuring of Arise has been maintained within strongly defined limits, keeping to a definite "course" approach, in the 'hope that some other community agency will "adopt" the program, and continue it after the LIP grant expires this spring. Community calendar BINGO WON., FEB. 3 JACKPOT in 58 NUMBERS 11 Gold Carda Pay Doubla (5 Door Card! Ragular 25t or 5 lor SI 13th St. and 8th "A" N. No Children undar 16 allontd The regular monthly meeting of the Dr. F. H. Mew- burn O.B.E. Chapter I.O.D.E. will meet Thursday, (to avoid conflict with the Winter Games) at the home of Mrs. E. V. Langford, 170617th Ave. So. The regular meeting of the Coaldale Hospital Ladies' Auxiliary will be held in the Board Room this evening at 8 PUBLIC BINGO 16 GAMES BLACKOUT (Playad Until Won) LETHBRIDGE ELKS LODGE ROOM (Upatairi) EVERY THURS.-8 p.m. BINGO RAINBOW HALL -1401 5 Aye. N. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY P.M. JACKPOT IN 53 NUMBERS 4th-8th and 12th GAMES DOUBLED IN 7 NUMBERS OR LESS FrM Carda Carda and Camaa, 25t par Card, 5 Carda Door Priza No Childran undar II Vaara Sponaorad by A.U.U.C. NEW ANAF HALL Mambara and Invltad Quaata In ma Clubrooma _ uonsola on jackpot VM 16 Games All Blngos Doubled on Qreen Card. No Children under 16 years of ager WEEKEND ENTERTAINMENT Friday and Saturday, February 7 and t i "SOUTH COUNTRY" InMtUtnmant in tha Cantaan (aturday .For Members and Inelr Invited Guests only, p.m. A film on the heart will be shown after the meeting. Roll call will be an item for the tuck cart. Everyone welcome. The Whirl-A-Ways will square and round dance in the Moose Hall this evening at 8 p.m. All square dancers welcome. Please bring box lunch. The Gait School of Nursing Alumnae will hold an ex- ecutive meeting" Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the residence.of Mrs. E. Cook, 1811 12th Ave. S. All alumnae members welcome. Friendship Lodge No. 729. will hold their birthday ban- quet on Wednesday at p.m. in the IOOF Hall. All members and escorts are in- vited friends are also welcome for the evening. The women of St. Mary's A.C.W. will hold their regular monthly meeting Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Mrs. Villa Friend will be the hostess. Doctors like chimpanzees? WINNIPEG (CP) A therapeutic abortion com- mittee of three chimpanzees would serve the same purpose as a committee of three real doctors, a pro abortion doc- tor says. Dr. Ken Walker, who prac- tices in the Niagara Falls area of Ontario, told an audience at the University of Winnipeg that doctors who serve on abortion committees often make arbitrary decisions w.ithout even seeing the women involved. Dr. Walker, who has written several books under the name Dr. W. Oifford Jones, said differing views about abortion reflect differing views about freedom of choice. -The Hcc-.iU Family Look, he shoots, he Things are waxing.. hot and heavy at this game of street hockey on 22nd Avenue South, as Ronny Matthews, '4, of 1926 22nd Avenue South, prepares to drive a 'zinger' into the goal attended by Michael Jacobson, 6, of 2106 24th Street There's a slight breeze through that gap at the back of the goalies pants, but who has time to worry at a moment like this? Dear Ann Landers: I'm another reader who wants to challenge your reply to the woman whose son was allergic to cats. The doctor said the cat had to go. The woman's second husband (he brought the cat with him when he moved into her home) said, "Nothing doing. The kid should go. We can find a nice foster home for the boy and it will be better for everybody." The child's mother was very upset and wanted to know if her husband was nuts. You said, "Probably." I say the man is far from nuts. All I have to do is look at our friends. Two couples in our crowd (both married more than 25 years) split within the last six months and the reason was their kjds. One couple busted up because of their son's shoulder length hair and smoking pot in the house. The other cpuple had a daughter who moved in with a group of weirdos and her father cut her out of his will. At present I see two other marriages (plus my own sister's) headed for the rocks. Again they are all fighting over the life style of their children. The happiest marriages are the ones without children. I am a bachelor, age 44, successful in my profession, free to do as I please, and I'm having a wonderful time. If I should ever decide to marry, I will get it in writing "NO CHILDREN." Just sign me Sam Dear Sam: I hope you re- main single. By doing S0j you are bound to make some un- suspecting woman very hap- py- Dear Ann Landers: I have a few choice words for that lawyer whose older clients asked him to change their wills and scratch out the names of grandchildren, nieces, and nephews who "never bother to come around." I am one of those young peo- ple and I don't care if anybody leaves me one dine. I have two well heeled relatives both bores. I've tried to spend time with them, but it's the same old story: "Why don't I ever see you? I'm so lonely. I wish you'd call on the phone more often. My days are so empty." Nothing but self pity. In the meantime, on my last visit, four people dropped in. and three fricntis telephoned. So, to all you old folks who are sitting on your money, either your memory is shot or you just like to gripe. To put it more bluntly get out of your rocking chair- and call ME when you have something cheerful to say. I haven't heard a good word from you in years. I don't want your money. I just want you to en- joy life and stop complaining. A Relative Dear Relative: That letter may be the most expensive one you've ever written. But I admire your spunk and thank you for it. Dear Ann Landers: You once said, "The double bed is the cornerstone of a durable marriage My husband and I have been married for 32 years. He has never mentioned twin beds, but about two weeks ago, he said, "Your snoring bothers me. If you don't mind, I'm go- ing to sleep with my head at the foot of the bed." He has been doing so ever since. I feel slightly rejected. Should I say something? If so, what? Blue Dear B.: You have no reason to feel "rejected." He's still in your bed, isn't he? Say nothing, unless, of course] you are bothered by his feet in your face, in which case, I suggest twin beds with a single headboard and earplugs. Hard hat mother wins safety prize TiMMINS, Ont. (CP) A 42-year-old Timmins mother of four may be the first woman in Canada to win the Topgard Award, given to her because her construction hard hat saved her life after she was struck on the head by a 16-foot length of timber. Claire Hebert was working on a construction project when the accident occurred last November. The award she received Wednesday is presented by the Mining Safety Appliances Co. of Canada to any worker whose life is saved because of wearing a hard hat. A company spokesman said that "to the best of my knowledge" Mrs. Hebert is the first woman in Can- nada to win the award. The woman was laying wire mesh for a three-storey building when the timber fell from one of the upper storeys. It struck the top of her hat and crushed it. "If I hadn't had that, hard hat on my head I would have been she said. "I just fell and I saw black and I got up." She later felt pain in the back, went to hospital where it was discovered she had two crushed spinal discs. She now wears a neck brace and may have to un- dergo a back operation. Mrs. Hebert has worked in construction since September. When asked why that line of business, she said she got tired of working in the bush as a logger for 10 years. THE BETTER HALF By Barnes "She probably hod her hands out for money all the time." 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