The Canadian Red Cross has stepped up with $1 million, donated to the High River flood relief effort in 2013 to fund a two-year program.

A four-woman team has been brought together to help agencies like the Health Unit or addictions and mental health or school staff to provide tools to help residents cope with whatever's going on in their lives.

Shelly Koot with Family and Community Support Services says there are two projects they'd been in discussion with the Social Sustainability Collective and they've been brought together under one project, Building Community Capacity.

"Our High River was one project, looking at what we want to do for Phase 2 and how we want to move that work forward and the second project was a brand new one called Safe Spot," Koot says. "And that was just about how we really need to invest locally in our local social profit organizations."

She says they no longer refer to "non-profit" organizations that way because they don't want to define them by what they don't do. They're now considered social profit organizations.

Kalie Mosig says Safe Spot will refer to those facilities that have properly trained people and the sites will be signified with an orange dot in the window.

"If they are going through crises and they are struggling with something but need something in terms of support before they can find counselling or more professional services, we'll then be orchestrating the training behind those agency staff so that they are trained and capable of talking to citizens as they need," Kalie Mosig says. "I'm hoping to have all of the training decided on by the end of July, middle of August and then some of the training starting up in September so once an agency goes through a full training process or training program that we've established then they'll be able to qualify as a safe spot."

She says otherwise they wouldn't get the designation but would be able to access the training they need.

Mosig says they'll know how successful the program is after two years if they have a database of who's completed what training and how to continue that so there are always people trained to help others.

Fawna Bews explained that on the citizen side, if someone has what they feel is a great idea for what High River needs they'll feel confident and have the tools and skills to make it happen.

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