SARC

Supported Employment Transition Initiative (SETI):

SETI is a fund set aside annually by the Ministry of Immigration and Career Training to fund new and innovative supported employment projects from all areas of the province.  Each year a call for proposals goes out in the middle of December and has a quick turnaround so organizations get started by the first of April.  The funds are considered seed dollars so organizations are encouraged to seek out long-term funding bodies.  For more information about the call for proposals or SETI funding or current projects please contact the SETI Coordinator, Joy McKinnon at 306 933 0616 or email jmckinnon@sarcan.sk.ca.

SETI funded projects for 2019-2020:

Crocus Cooperative: Crocus Cooperative in Saskatoon has received previous SETI funding, but has been funded for a new concept, to start a catering business and card making venture. Every person working in all areas are making minimum wage or better, and the Cooperative member’s state that the project has helped stabilize their income and bettered their well-being in general.  

Weyburn Wor-Kin: 

Weyburn Wor-Kin and Midale Central School have partnered for three years to provide service to youth within the school system in both Weyburn and Midale as well as people in the day program in Weyburn. The youth have a work crew named TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More) which provides services such as yard work, window washing, and cleaning to name a few to the community. This year the project is expanding into more communities.  

Eagles Nest Youth Ranch (Saskatoon):

ENYR is in its second year funding and has been busy cultivating relationships with individuals and businesses. The work crew is comprised of youth from Eagles Nest who complete an assortment of jobs with each worker being paid minimum wage or better.  From these work hardening experiences youth also look for individual placements in the community with assistance from an employment professional. 

North Saskatchewan Independent Living: 

NSILC is in the second year of SETI funding, and has a unique idea of running a temp service, which would provide employers with talented, skilled workers who happen to be experiencing a disability. One of the main differences between this service and traditional temp services is that employers are actually encouraged to hire the temp worker. NSILC provides support to the employer and worker to ensure that all involved are comfortable and able to transition smoothly. 

SaskAbilities Yorkton branch:

SaskAbilities is in the second year of SETI funding which is focused on youth transition from school to employment. The program focuses on youth who have encountered issues that have not allowed them to be able to access traditional employment services.  The program offers a rotational twelve week program for 4-6 youth, providing them with strategies and work hardening as well as job tasting experiences. 

Clare Parker Homes:

Clare Parker Homes in Regina is in its second year of SETI funding and provides services to people that have not been able to access traditional employment programs, due to the level of need. The project has two part time positions, one to do the discovery process and job develop and the second to job coach.    

Munch Café and Catering:

Munch is in the second year of funding with SETI, and offers a twelve week “chef in training” curriculum, followed by a paid catering assistant apprenticeship with Munch. The exposure to the community through the catering business provides many job opportunities for the Catering Assistants to transition to in the food services industry in Regina. 

Porcupine Plain Opportunity Program: 

Porcupine Plain is in its second year of SETI funding, in the first year the program found paid employment for ten individuals in and around the small community, which was fantastic, but saturated the area and more people wanted employment.  This led to the organization coming back to SETI with a new idea of starting and running a store front that stocks a variety of unique gift and seasonal items from local artisans, including from people experiencing disability, along with a fluff and fold laundry service. 

SETI Steering Committee

The Ministry of Immigration and Career Training provides annual funding to SARC to administer the SETI Program.  Decisions related to funding approval and amounts are vested in the SETI Steering Committee.  The primary function of the SETI Steering Committee is to set funding priorities, make funding decisions based on those priorities, review the progress of projects, and share information about employment-related initiatives from their respective areas of business.  The SETI Steering Committee consists of representatives from Government Ministries, SARC, Community Based Organizations and employers.