An organization established nearly two years ago for the purpose of reducing suicide in Sarnia-Lambton has received its charitable status.
Teresa Ingles, whose son succumbed to suicide, established the Deker Bauer Foundation for Suicide Prevention after his death in August 2014.
Since then, Ingles and several others she has enlisted in the cause, have sought to raise funds.
“With this status, we will now be able to access more local dollars to help individuals and their families seeking information, wanting to talk, or reach out to someone who has the ability to help them access the resources already in place within our community,” said Ingles.
“The Deker Bauer Foundation for Suicide Prevention is intent on carrying on the memories of each and every person lost to suicide,” she added in a media release. “Imagine losing a loved one….never seeing them realize their dreams…One of the biggest fears you would experience would be letting their memory fade.”
Ingles said she and supporters of the Foundation’s work “are now one step closer to providing an ear, a shoulder and a hand to provide the resources our community so rightfully deserves. This is our promise. We’re ‘hear’ for you.”
Ingles said the goal of the Foundation is to create a “drop-in” crisis centre where individuals or families can come to talk or access resources.
“We are very close to realizing this dream,” she said. Anyone wishing to make a donation is invited to visit the organization’s website at www.dekerbauerfoundation.com.
Ingles can also be reached at (226) 349-5902 or through e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org