FASSY asks you to join us in celebrating 25 years of supporting people living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in the Yukon. We are delighted with the support that has enabled us to get to this significant milestone. We have so many people to thank for this support over the years, starting with the people who use our service, their families and support groups, so many other allied non-profits and service providers, and of course, the various governments and individuals who fund us to provide this support.
FASSY started as a result of many conversations over a kitchen table and was initially the Alcohol-Related Birth Defects Committee of the Yukon Association of Community Living (now Inclusion Yukon) and we are so grateful to them for helping us to get up and running. On February 19, 1996, FASSY became incorporated as a separate society. Over the past 25 years, FASSY has been able to provide much-needed support to people living with FASD, including daily support in problem-solving, relationships, finances, recreation and leisure, food and housing; supporting women to have healthy pregnancies; participating in cultural activities and ceremonies; accessing assessments and diagnoses; accessing and maintain stable housing; support in court and family services; and providing education and awareness about FASD. Plan, addressing issues of concern for people living in the Yukon about FASD. We have also been active partners with the “Safe at Home” action plan that is working to address homelessness within the Yukon and is supported by the federal program called Reaching Home. We have been able to create a partnership within the Community of Watson Lake to bring systems navigation to people who would like support through funding from Kids Brain Health Network (KBHN), the federal Reaching Home program, and the Government of Yukon. While we have accomplished a great deal over the past 25 years, there is still a great deal of work ahead of us to support all adults, children, and families to have a reliable and good quality of life. You can support the continued good work of FASSY by volunteering on the Board or for activities, donating to FASSY’s general fund, or donating to the Bill it Forward Fund [which helps individuals who wish to pursue a program or educational opportunity (academic, artistic or other); obtain job-related assistance (resume development, bus pass and/or other); or require emergency assistance (food, housing and/or other)]. Charitable donations can be made by using the donation button on our home paged.
We are celebrating quietly in the office with people using our service as they come in — a gift to them, a cupcake, and balloons fill out our celebration!