How Much Will It Cost Me?
There is no cost for access to this program.
Funding for this program was initially provided by the McDaniel Family Foundation. Funding is now provided by the Edmonton & Area Child and Family Service, and the Edmonton and Area Fetal Alcohol Network.
How do I access this program?
Call the First Steps Program Intake Worker at (780) 378-2535.
Who do I contact for more information?
Denise Plesuk, Program Manager (780) 471-1122.
Lisa’s Story – as told by her First Steps Mentor
Lisa phoned me early one morning, barely able to contain her excitement. Lisa had some news she wanted to share, and she was anxious to talk with me. Lisa shared that she was pregnant and she knew she could tell me this without worry of my judgement or criticism. Even though this was not Lisa’s first pregnancy, in some ways she said it felt like it was. The circumstances were not ideal, but she felt safe and ready to embrace the joys and challenges this time.
When Lisa came in to the First Steps Program 2 years earlier, her life was very different. Lisa was 8 months pregnant, she was homeless, had no money, and had been using both drugs and alcohol throughout her pregnancy. Lisa was grieving after her mother was murdered through domestic violence, and had reached out to no one. In fact, Lisa had not been to see any health care providers during her entire pregnancy.
During her journey with First Steps Lisa was supported through the delivery of her little girl and was helped to get stable funding, housing and addictions support. Lisa was able to create a safe home for her daughter and was successful in working with Children’s Services to maintain custody of her daughter.
Lisa told me she was ready to do everything she could to have a healthy pregnancy this time. Lisa wanted to book a prenatal doctor’s appointment and to get connected to Health For Two, as soon as possible. Lisa also made arrangements with her outreach addictions worker to be sure she could stay on track, and she and her boyfriend were asking about counselling supports to strengthen their relationship. Lisa was full of hope for her future and for her children.