The Beauséjour Family Crisis Resource Centre is a place where people who are in a crisis situation or experiencing difficulties can either drop in or call for assistance and information.
We are committed to the prevention of family violence and other social problems in the region through education, prevention, and intervention.
In operation since 1997, the BFCRC is a charitable organization offering counselling and support to those experiencing emotional difficulties as well as victims of family violence and sexual assault along with their children in South-East New Brunswick.
The Centre provides immediate services on a 24/7 basis to a large geographical region from Alma to Rexton and east to the border of Nova Scotia, servicing a total population of over 250,000.
In 2016, 78 women arrived along with 32 children seeking immediate emergency housing we could not offer.
As a result of lack of appropriate housing and supports, 54 women stayed in an abuse relationship, along with 20 children.
The Centre currently has zero immediate emergency beds, and a long-wait list for only two apartments scattered in the community. Female victims along with their children are forced to relocate for their safety.
For children, witnessing violence between their mom and dad is devastating. Imagine being a child and having to leave your school, friends, and community all the while fearing Dad (or somebody else) at every turn.
That’s why we’re currently involved in a capital project to raise money for our new facility.
The BFCRC is expanding its infrastructure in order to increase its capacity to offer a multitude of spaces and services to help individuals take back control of their lives with courage and determination.
This facility will include recreational and educational shared spaces, therapeutic spaces, and collaborative rooms for various external service providers, as well as short and long-term housing suite options.
Five years in the planning, this 19,000-square foot Centre will be centrally located on Calder street in downtown Shediac, New Brunswick. This facility will offer trauma-informed specialized counselling and supports in one location, for victims of family violence, as well as those with emotional difficulties.
Learn more about our Courage Campaign here.
Highlights of the new facility include:
• Housing Wing: 6 short-term relief beds and 8 long-term housing suites for female victims and their children
• Wellness Centre: 9 trauma-informed mental health support spaces for both individual and group educational sessions, as well as a medical room for private consultations with external healthcare providers.
• Clothing Boutique: A free job-readiness boutique for clients to assist with work wardrobe and job interview clothing.
• Custody and Access Centre: A safe environment in which to hold custody exchanges, as well as any supervised family visits. The centre will offer a neutral recreational space which fosters healthy parent/child relationships.
• Medical Space: A multi-disciplinary medical room for nurse practitioners and forensic nurses.
• RCMP Investigation Comfort Room: Modelled after an evidence-based approach in Toronto, the comfort room provides victims of crime with a safe and trauma-informed atmosphere to provide statements, as well as follow-up appointments such as court preparation.
• Recreation Centre: A welcoming recreational outdoor space for children and youth as well as a therapeutic garden for adults.
• Life Skills Activity Centre: A multi-purpose space designed to provide individuals with financial literacy, job readiness, and food literacy; to name but a few.
• Youth Thrive Centre: A space for children and youth to unite and to build mental resilience.
And much more!
Radiothon “Say No to Violence”
Every February, the Beauséjour Family Crisis Resource Centre partners with the Kent Centre for the Prevention of Violence to host an important day of awareness and fundraising through a Radiothon sponsored by Radio Beauséjour.
This event runs from 6am – 7pm on a select day in February. Community members are invited to call and make a donation which helps to provide necessary funds for core services. The Radiothon serves as the only major fundraising event for operational services.
In addition to collecting pledges, the day also serves to raise awareness surrounding family violence through interviews with key experts in the field, Centre staff, as well as victims who share their experiences of healing.
Shoppers Drug Mart LOVE.YOU Run for Women
The Shoppers Drug Mart Run for Women is a national 5 K ̸ 10 K run ̸ walk event dedicated to women’s mental health initiatives. The Beauséjour Family Crisis Resource Centre is delighted to be the charity partner for the local event and funds raised help the Centre to provide counselling and support services to clients in the Moncton, Riverview, and Dieppe regions. This event has something for the whole family.
For more information and to register as an individual, team or corporate team, please visit the event website here.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Beauséjour
Each October, men from our communities walk a mile in women’s high heeled shoes to raise awareness surrounding gendered-based violence, while also raising funds for our new facility.
For information regarding Walk a Mile: the International Men’s march to end gendered based violence and sexual assault, see www.walkamile.org.