Reaching the Risky, project led by Ktunaxa Nation Council (Cranbrook)

The “Reaching the Risky” project, led by Ktunaxa Nation Council in Cranbrook, this program was an urban service collaborative that provided linkages to culturally-competent, wraparound support for marginalized, homeless populations. Outreach staff, or ‘Street Angels’, come from similar backgrounds of the clients they serve; they reach out to vulnerable clients and help them receive supports necessary to get back on their feet.

Impacting 150 individuals, this project improved client access to prevention/treatment services and housing, which prevents further exacerbation of mental illness, substance abuse and unstable housing/homelessness. Furthermore, there was a noted decrease in police crisis calls as a result of the supports enabled through the project.