Mark the Date: SSCOPE’s AGM will be held on Friday June 21 at the Buchwald Room, Millenium Public Library, Donald and Graham in Winnipeg from 11:45 am;-1:00 pm. Highlights of 2012-13 and discussion about plans for SSCOPE. New Board of Directors slate to be presented and voted on. Member-employees, volunteers, public interested in mental health and SSCOPE’s future encouraged to attend.
Thanks to Global News for a great piece on SSCOPE and Rockin’ the Bridge after spending Saturday afternoon with us at the Festival. Marvin Thiessen, SSCOPE’s operations supervisor and lead singer for The Home Street Band and Derek Marker, SSCOPE employee member are interviewed, along with Executive Director Bob Rempel.
It was another great and successful year for SSCOPE and Rockin’ the Bridge Festival 4 Mental Health on May 24-25 2013.
We are so grateful and blessed by our performers and volunteers and we thank them all for participating, many year after year.
Our goals are limited but realistic: an opportunity for a better conversation with the community about what SSCOPE is and does and whom it serves, and how living with mental health problems can be improved for the individual and society by a real jobs within a supportive environment.
Watch for a SSCOPE CD of songs from performers at the 2013 Festival coming soon.
SSCOPE was deeply honoured on Monday May 27th by this Member’s Statement in the Manitoba Legislature by the MLA for Burrows, Melanie Wight.
View the statement HERE
Ministers of Housing and Health Kerri Irvin-Ross and Theresa Oswald posed later with MLA Wight and Bob Rempel, Executive Director of SSCOPE for the presentation of the Members Statement and privately thanked SSCOPE as well and promised to seek additional ways their two departments can support SSCOPE’s work. (We reveal it here first!)
No longer will SSCOPE’s 3 ton moving truck, ride around Winnipeg and surrounding areas in anonymity doing good work for the community and not being recognized for it. Yes our tongue is in our cheek. We are now officially decaled on both our Food Trailer and Moving Truck, highlighting the various services SSCOPE can provide.
The 3 Ton Moving Truck was purchased with the assistance of the Winnipeg Foundation, Manitoba Community Services Council and Thomas Sill Foundation, and sold and serviced by Parkside Ford. The Food Trailer was purchased and operated with the assistance of a one-time WRHA mental health employment grant and an Investors Group donation.
Next hurdle in SSCOPE’s coming out branding strategy are uniforms for all members and staff, both inside and outside staff, while on the job as we continue to look for a partner/donour. And then watch for upgrades to signage and appearance at 1466 Arlington St. exterior
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The Festival continues all day Saturday at 1466 Arlington St. with the garage sale starting at 8:00 am and the first act starting at 9:00 am Split Crooked closes the Festival at 8:15 pm.
We kicked off the Rockin’ the Bridge Festival 2013 for mental health Friday night with a great performance by Mark Stallard and Ryan Janz, SSCOPE’s music ambassadors, and then Sons of Zed came and the place got loud in a very good way. Mercy Mercy closed the opening night with more great new and old stuff.
It’s a week away now and we need more volunteers to help us make our Rockin’ the Bridge event on May 24 & 25th a success.
If you can work a minimum of a 2 hour shift sometime during the day and evening on May 25th or more please email us at email@example.com with the subject line to read “SSCOPE Volunteer” or call us at 204 987-6300 or 204 987-6303 and indicate your preference for shift times. Shifts start at 7:30 am on Saturday morning with the last shift ending at 10:00 pm Saturday evening. On Friday shifts starts at 6:00 pm and the last shift ends at 10:00 pm
Benefits for your volunteering: Priceless!
Great Music, Great Food, Great People, Great Feel Goods
It’s all at 1466 Arlington St, between Burrows and Magnus
Update: Watch the interview HERE
Watch the SSCOPE interview on Global Morning News at 7:40 am on Wednesday May 15. Recent break ins at SSCOPE, our upcoming Rockin’ the Bridge Festival4 Mental Health on May 24-25 just a few days off now, and the impact SSCOPE has on his life, expressed by SSCOPE member Mike Jackson, who will be in studio with executive director Bob Rempel, will all be part of the discussion.
Update Monday am: You can view the interview Here
Watch the SSCOPE interview on CKY-CTV Morning Live at 7:55 am on Monday May 13. Recent break ins at SSCOPE and our upcoming Rockin’ the Bridge Festival4 Mental Health on May 24-25 just a few days off now, will be part of the discussion. Possible special guest singing a few bars from The Snow Shoveling Blues.
SSCOPE is just about half way through it’s current list of Spring Clean Lawn properties, now that the warm weather has finally arrived, but with recent vehicle, equipment and staff additions, we have capacity to add another 24-36 regular lawn service customers.
This will create many hours of additional employment opportunities for SSCOPE member employees, and with quality service to our customers for many years in Winnipeg, this is truly a win-win situation.
Give SSCOPE a call today at 204 987-6300 today or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Rockin’ the Bridge Festival 4 Mental Health by SSCOPE is set for May 24 & 25 at 1466 Arlington Street. The public event, which is both a public awareness effort about mental health recovery and the work SSCOPE does, and a fund raising effort for SSCOPE, is now in it’s fourth year.
This year SSCOPE is raising funds (the Bricks & Mortar for People retail campaign) to expand it’s Thrift Shop approach in other areas of Winnipeg to expand on its work at 1446 Arlington St, and continue providing retail level employment for its members and assist the community with additional recycling and reuse efforts.
SSCOPE provided jobs and income to just under 200 member employees in 2012 and average bi-monthly payrolls average 50-60 program individuals. It’s goal with sufficient community support is to continue to expand it’s supported employment and training programs delivered through social enterprises to at 400 individuals by 2016, with expansion of offices and stores throughout Winnipeg.
View and Download the News Release and Lineup ( on page 2) by clicking the link HERE
or view it below.
Take a look at the latest SSCOPE 2013 newsletter with great stories about Tyler Fehr, one of our members, a story about the Winnipeg Jets mental health initiative, a feature on Split Crooked, a featured act at our May 24-25 Festival4MentalHealth at SSCOPE and much more. We welcome your comments after you read the newsletter. Please be a SSCOPE ambassador and forward a copy to your friends and network.
Read it HERE
It’s Friday April 26 we begin to rock with Termanil starting at 6:15 pm and it’s our sincere tongue in cheek hope that we’ll have our outdoor patio functioning by that time. We’re really proud of our 3 great acts; it’s a wonderful bill and a great preview for our May event. Note: Our 8:15 act has had to reschedule so in that time period we will have an Open Jam and the Announcements of the Bands and other Artists playing at our May 24-25th Rockin’ the Bridge/Festival4MentalHealth 2013.
View the News Release HERE and the Poster HERE. The news release has details on how you can come on out and make a donation to SSCOPE and get free door prize tickets and reserved seating for May 24-25, our 4th annual Rockin’ the Bridge-Festival4MentalHealth Friday-Saturday community event.
Spring will eventually come (it’s true) and our yards will dry out and when it does we at SSCOPE are preparing to expand our spring summer and fall property services work by 100% to allow us to create much needed additional employment. Take a look at our door hanger in pdf form with a special offer attached HERE.
A blitz of key neighborhoods will begin on April 11th, along with a media information and communication. We will also be targeting additional commercial and business customers.
Please call us at 204 987-6300 or email email@example.com. We’d love to create what we term a “mutually beneficial customer relationship” with you.
Another performance of The Snow Shoveling Blues by SSCOPE’s own Marvin Thiessen, our Operations Supervisor, this on on March22 at SSCOPE’s Treasures Cafe Stage 1466 Arlington St. Watch all SSCOPE stage performance videos and more videos about SSCOPE HERE over at Youtube.
It’s sounding better every time maybe because we are getting to the end of a long and difficult snow shoveling season, or more likely Marvin’s getting it polished up a bit more each time. As you’ll hear everyone’s enjoying the song. Come out May 24-25 at SSCOPE’s Festival4MentalHealth/Rockin’ the Bridge and hear it again.
The benefits of SSCOPE’s real work, real jobs programs within a supportive work environment to the community, to the cost of health care, to mental health recovery, are depicted through the eyes of two of SSCOPE newer employee members.
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LITE (Local Initiatives Towards Employment) recently provided $5,000 funding to SSCOPE for the third straight year to further develop its StreetSSCOPE program as a pre-employment program. The amount was an increase of $1,000 from previous years. The program called Employment Uplift will prepare youth, females and men with long gaps in job history and with mental health or related problems for possible employment in SSCOPE’s regular business enterprises in the future or in the workforce at large. Approximately 35 individuals will benefit from the program from approximately mid April to end of October, 2013. This is the only major non business revenue generating program or social enterprise at SSCOPE. All grant funds will be directed to wages, benefits and training materials for the employee members of the program.
This is an ad we recently posted on a high traffic classified ad website.
“SSCOPE Inc. is a non profit organization supporting mental health recovery through employment t 1466 Arlington St, operating Treasures Thrift Store from one location.
We wish to partner with a supportive landlord/developer or tenant with considerable extra space or sublet space to help us open additional medium to high end thrift and recycling stores in good to very locations in Winnipeg over the next 12-24 months in a cost effective manner to assist our fund raising and employment generation. Thank you.
Please contact our executive director for more information or reply by email. Bob Rempel, SSCOPE Inc. 204 987-6302 More information on our organization is available on our website at sscope.org”
As we grow, retail stores, help SSCOPE create more employment for a wider group of individuals that want and need to get back into regular employment with additional income. If you know of some potential opportunities for SSCOPE please contact us.
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SSCOPE’s work in the community and opportunities for volunteers will be featured on Winnipeg CTV’s Breakfast Live on March 19 at 8:30 am. Click on the link to watch today’s show.
Also watch for a SSCOPE feature on an upcoming Focus Manitoba show on Global Television in Winnipeg, date and time to be announced.
Links and footage will also be posted here as they are available.
Media may contact SSCOPE’s Executive Director Bob Rempel at 987-6302 or email “firstname.lastname@example.org”, or Jim Timlick, SSCOPE’s Manager of Communications (Volunteer) for more information about SSCOPE and our programs and business operations.
View the Live Friday Poster Here and join us next on Friday March 22 at 1466 Arlington in our warm and friendly coffeehouse atmosphere and enjoy a great variety of music from talented Winnipeg and Canadian performers who are freely donating their time to support mental health and SSCOPE’s work in the community.
Watch an excerpt of the original song, “The Snow Shoveling Blues” written for SSCOPE and SSCOPE employee members who have the challenge of serving SSCOPE many snow shoveling to honour SSCOPE committments through -30 windy conditions and often several feet of snow to contend. The Snow Shoveling Blues
Marvin Thiessen works for SSCOPE as our Operations Supervisor, and wrote the song and performed it first time in public with his band seen also at this link, The Snow Shoveling Blues at SSCOPE Live Friday February 22 event.
Watch more great LIve Performances at SSCOPE recent Live Friday nights on YouTube here. Or search for channel SSCOPE2 at http://www.youtube.com
We will be announcing our Live Streaming For Charity Channel for our events soon as well.
It was a month of record snowfall for Winnipeg and at SSCOPE that meant hard work all month. One employee always said yes to more and more work to help the organization meet its customer service obligations. For that reason Donald Betenchuk has been selected as SSCOPE’s January 2013 Employee of the Month. Donald returned to SSCOPE in December after some eye surgery, and resumed right where he left off. He continues to grow and show responsibility as an employee member in our program.
Troy Westwood, former Winnipeg Blue Bomber, also known as Little Hawk in performances, and now a radio host at Sports1290 in Winnipeg, has committed to supporting SSCOPE’s Festival4MentalHealth and is our first announcement for new performers in 2013. He will also serve as a celebrity M.C. for our 2013.
SSCOPE also announced that Mark David Stallard, is returning as a Performer for the event, and has agreed to act as a Performers’ representative and spokesperson for interviews and talk shows in promoting the 2013 event and the SSCOPE cause. Stallard is a Winnipeg singer-songwriter who has performed several times on the SSCOPE Treasures Stage.
The Festival, also know as Rockin’ the Bridge for the North End Street Festival portion, will be held from May 24-26 in downtown and at 1466 Arlington St.
SSCOPE’s Festival4MentalHealth May 24-26, also known and marketed as Rockin’ the Bridge, has received is first sponsor committment for 2013.
The Assiniboine Credit Union has confirmed sponsorship support for the fourth consecutive year this past week for Winnipeg’s first summer festival of the year. The event involves great music, food and events over the weekend all for increased awareness of mental health issues, and SSCOPE’s work, with everyone donating their services and time to the cause.
“The Assiniboine Credit Union has been working with us for a number of years and we are pleased they see fit to continue to support our Festival and the concept of bring the community together to enjoy great music and experiences in the interest of reducing the stigma about mental health. They are one of Winnipeg’s leading corporate and business citizens in our minds, and really walk the talk,” said Bob Rempel, Executive Director of SSCOPE.
This year’s event will be held both at downtown locations and and at 1466 Arlington St., both indoors and outdoors as a Street Festival.
More volunteers and additional performers are needed and welcomed as we grow, said Rempel, and they should contact the Festival’s co-ordinator at 204 987-63000 or email “email@example.com
More announcements of additional sponsors and performers will be made in the next few weeks, including a possible title sponsor, said Rempel, as more support for mental health discussion and services is evident in the interest we see from businesses and community organizations.
SSCOPE has recently received a $5,000 funding award from the LITE (Local Initiatives Towards Employment) for our 2013 Employment Uplift Experience program. This program to start in April 2013, will provide wages and training funds as a pre-employment program primarily for new SSCOPE employee members.
It will be targeted to those who have been out of the work force for some time, are suffering from a mental health or related disability or issue that affects their employability, and have potential to become employees of SSCOPE’s regular employee base in our various revenue generating social enterprises.
Much of the program’s work experience will be directed through SSCOPE’s StreetSSCOPE program in which the streets and community areas around SSCOPE’s North End Winnipeg location will be tended to daily. Working in other community locations in Winnipeg that need beautification and appearance upgrades is also part of this year’s program and all requests to SSCOPE at 204 987 6300 will be considered.
Executive Director Bob Rempel said the increased funding for 2013 from LITE for the revamped program, shows the increased confidence our community funders and partners have in SSCOPE’s development plans.
As well we believe it also shows the increasing importance the community is beginning to place on addressing the growing mental health issues in our community.
It also shows that the community increasingly accepts that the unique SSCOPE model of providing gainful supported real work in a community benefical way through social enterprises it owns and operates, is a part of the solution, he said.
SSCOPE is pleased to announce three new volunteers in key positions in the organization, supporting the Executive Director.
Jason White- Jason is an experienced marketing specialist and consultant to business, particularly in the tourism business field. Through the assistance of the non profit Spark, SSCOPE was linked with Jason. We are excited about the potential for Jason to help us better market our services and program to potential new customers and partners in Winnipeg to continue to create more opportunities for our employee members and support mental health recovery and coping even better in the city.
Yan Yu Sha-a student in her second year Accounting at Red River College with top marks in her program, She has joined us as a financial and accounting assistant with responsibility at this time for the work required to create monthly financial statements. We are thrilled to see how quickly she has picked up our system.
Jim Timlick-Jim is a former director of media relations for the Blue Bombrs and an experienced editor and reporter who is assisting SSCOPE with expanding our communications initiatives in support of the growth we require for our social enterprises in order to create more employment. He has great contacts in the community and we are very happy to have him decide to join with us. Jim is also a Board of Directors candidate.
SSCOPE continues to recruit new volunteers and staff as we attempt to create the staff and volunteer team that can take the organization to our organizational goal of 400 employee members by 2016, along with four retail and office locations in Winnipeg, and programs in at least two other communities outside Winnipeg. Please contact SSCOPE at 987-6300 if you can help serve as a volunteer Team Leader within SSCOPE and help us develop new and current employment programs for our members and support the other organization objectives.
We are also hoping to be able to make an announcement shortly about the successful recruitment of a Financial and Accounting Supervisor and Executive Assistant to the Executive Director, with prime responsibility for our Festival4MentalHealth and Live Fridays events.
Join us at SSCOPE, 1466 Arlington St, this Friday after 6:00 pm and catch some great early evening music at our monthly Live Fridays event (every fourth Friday) as we reach out to the community and elevate the discussion about mental health. Meet our employees, talk with staff, chat informally with our musicians. Enjoy!
It’s free by donation at the door, with all our performers donating their valuable time to support SSCOPE and our work with mental health.
View the Poster HERE and please tell your friends and family. The Treasures Thrift Store stage and room is a great coffeehouse atmosphere to play in with wonderful sound…or so our performers tell us.
Catch Kathryn & Wayne at 6:15pm (note the earlier start from poster), Split Crooked at 7:00 pm, The B-Side Apostles (Larry Updike and Greg Glatz) at 8:00 pm and The Home Street Band with Marv Thiessen at 9:00 pm
Businesses and organizations, are encouraged to talk with us about sponsoring a Live Friday’s night for their staff and guests and supporting mental health at the same time.
Today it’s Your Turn! Thank you Bell Canada.
Tomorrow let’s really “walk the talk”. Give us a call (204-987-6302-Volunteer Co-ordinator) and learn about our new One on One program, a great way for volunteers to make a difference in the life of one or more of our member employees who live daily with their mental health problem.
We’ve got another great lineup this time, anchored by the B-Side Apostles, always favorites of our audience. See them at 8:00 pm at 1466 Arlington St on the 22nd. Plus catch Split Crooked for indie rock, The Home Street Band with Marv Thiessen for gospel rock and Wayne and Kathryn, a folk-rock duo.
View the news release HERE
Come out and support Mental Health and the SSCOPE approach of supporting mental health recovery and coping with gainful employment beneficial to the community.
SSCOPE is pleased to announce that Bev. D, who was a regular Retail Staff Person in our Treasures Thrift Store at 1466 Arlington, since late summer 2012, has been hired to a full time supervisory position at Dollar Tree. Executive Director, Bob Rempel said that Bev’s move forward is a good example of SSCOPE’s new program of utilizing an on staff Employment Counsellor and Job Placement Facilitator (Madelyne Ellis), and our efforts to creating a development and progression plan for each new and current employee member. He thanked the WRHA and Susan Chipperfield of Mental Health programs in particular for their support for the 2012-13 pilot project to place an Employment Counsellor on SSCOPE’s staff
SSCOPE will be talking with the Jets and True North to develop a partnership that helps further the mental health discussion. Our fourth annual Festival4MentalHealth-Rockin’ the Bridge 2013 will be a natural venue for the Jets organization and players to be involved and we will pitch that to them. The dates are: May 24-26, 2013, both downtown and at SSCOPE indoor and on the street.
Check this link for more information on the Jet’s announcement
For more information on Bell Canada’s sponsored Let’s Talk Mental Health Day on Feb 12 please visit these links
We at SSCOPE believe we should be talking and thinking mental health every day of the day, but we applaud the NHL and Bell for their initiatives.
1. SSCOPE’s next Live Friday event is February 22, featuring The B-Side Apostles, Larry Updike and Greg Glatz. It’s a can’t miss event. They always bring their entertainment value “A-Game”. The evening starts at 6:45 pm, with Larry and Greg at approximately 7:45 pm.
2. SSCOPE now accepting membership and employment applications for our spring through fall season, April 1 through October 31, with new initiatives and expanded programs, as SSCOPE keeps growing to service the needs of the community and help our member employees progress in their lives. Please contact Madelyne Ellis at 204-987-6300 to book an appointment or email “firstname.lastname@example.org
Luke Dowell, pictured here, Allan Hoffer and Adam Schweitzer were announced as SSCOPE employee’s of the month for December at the January 25 Live Friday’s event. This crew worked a full weekend to help restore service to all our snow clearing residential and business customers on January 12 & 13.
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We are often asked by potential partners and donours who are the people SSCOPE benefits? Our program of casual and part-time employment options benefits a wide variety and for many at a different time of the year. Hence we have over 200 who will be employees this year with us, but average payrolls of 40-65 person. Our members have a range of mental health issues from schizophrenia, to bipolar disorder to depression and anxiety. Some are on heavy doses of medication, others less so, or are on therapy. Some individuals have not been diagnosed with a mental health disorder, but they have been admitted to our program because we have ascertained that there is a need and there is a fit. Each one is here to work and gain employment experience again.
We get asked often what benefit does your program have. Why should we contribute to your Thrift Store, come out to Music Night or our Festival4MentalHealth, leave a Legacy in our will, become a Partner with SSCOPE, etc. etc.
“A Job is Therapeutic” says this article in the Globe and Mail, mid last year. It’s worth a read if you are considering whether our program provides the kind of benefits you want to support with your dollars, your volunteerism, your other donations.
Factoid: in 2012, SSCOPE had 175 employee members who had demonstrated need for our type of program, and average payrolls in the range from 40-65 per payroll. We aim to double that by 2016, with your support. All employee members participate of their own accord following the SSCOPE method of simulating the major facets of true employment, but a supportive environment.
“Changing Lives…for a stronger healthier community”…the SSCOPE way”
SSCOPE crews and leaders took on the challenge head on and worked Saturday, Sunday and all day Monday, including overnight work for City of Winnipeg properties on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to clean up the over 120 properties SSCOPE has snow shoveling contracts for. It was a great effort by over 30 employees and staff at SSCOPE to focus only on serving our customers as quickly as possible.
Our Media News Release about Snow Shoveling work and our Christmas Tree recycling program is available HERE.
SSCOPE has a business and employment growth plan which calls for doubling of our snow shoveling and lawn cutting contracts in the next two years. This example of how we attempt to serve our customers will be a good example to tell prospective new customers.
The Board of Directors and Executive Director of SSCOPE want to officially thank all the SSCOPE members and staff who “stepped up” and met the January Blizzard challenge.
Changing Lives!…A Stronger Healthier Community…The SSCOPE Way!
The Myths of Mental Illness…it’s worth reading, by clicking the link, and perhaps help you understand why providing meaningful jobs to those working hard to recover and cope with mental health problems is so important to help them get healthier. Please use the comments to let us know what you think about the Myths and whether the SSCOPE system is an effective support program.
SSCOPE and Wescon Enterprises of Steinbach, specialists in large project concrete pouring throughout Manitoba, began their partnership this summer. SSCOPE supplied the crews and supervisors as a subcontractor to Wescon for a large rebar tieing project prior to the laying of concrete at a dairy barn in the Rosser district. That led to over three weeks of steady work for over 8 SSCOPE members who were developing their job skills and employment readiness.
As a result of the partnership and greater familiarity with our program by Gord and Angela Dyck, owners of Wescon, we have recently been blessed with a $1,000 donation to the development of SSCOPE member employee readiness for future construction jobs. Thank you sincerely to Wescon Enterprises for recognizing the value of the SSCOPE program: real jobs to support mental health recovery and personal growth!
SSCOPE has made construction site projects as a priority for 2013 to increase employment opportunities for its members. We’d love to talk to you about a great win-win opportunity as well. Please be a SSCOPE ambassador and let others know about opportunities to use the SSCOPE Special Job Force program.
Live Fridays are back January 25th at SSCOPE’s Treasures Thrift Store Cafe and Coffeehouse Stage starting at 6:45 pm. Come out and hear Mykala Zacharias (link to reverbnation website), The Davis Brothers and Unkl Elephant (click for You Tube link) as they play sets of folk, classic rock and blues, and originals that will get your hands clapping and feet moving. Please mark the date now and come out and support Manitoba’s great musicians who entertain and support SSCOPE’s work to make this community a more caring and healthier community for everyone.
Mark the dates of May 24-26 as well for SSCOPE’s fourth annual Rockin’ the Bridge-Festival4MentalHealth music festival and community days.
The Christmas Tree pickup program took centre stage at SSCOPE late last week keeping our employees busy. We expect the demand to continue to for another two weeks or so bringing welcome employment and revenue to SSCOPE in our efforts to help those with mental health difficulties by creating real employment.
The fee for a SSCOPE Team Leader and employee-members to come by and pickup your tree for recycling throughout the City of Winnipeg is $25.00, cheque, cash upon pickup or credit card in advance. There is an additional $5.00 surcharge for pickups in outlying regions of Winnipeg.
To book your Christmas tree pickup please email email@example.com with details, with the words Christmas Tree Pickup in the “subject” line, or call 204 987-6300.
View our website post of media coverage of last year’s program HERE
Thank you for your ongoing support of SSCOPE’s programs to support mental health recovery through real employment and our efforts n this initiative to make Winnipeg a better community through recycling and reuse. Please consider using our other SSCOPE services that provide a true win-win: Snow Shoveling, Lawn Maintenance, Moving, Cleaning and Janitorial, Thrift Stores, Vending, Construction Site Services, Automotive Detailing and more.
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Tweet December 21 at SSCOPE. Great day, wonderful support from donours to our employee member Christmas party which coincided with our Live Fridays Christmas show in the evening. Without the very generous support of Wescon Enterprises, Parkside Ford, Creswin Properties … Continue reading
It’s a turntable, receiver and vinyl sale from the Manager’s collection at Treasures Thrift Store as we try to get our donations and sales well past $1,000 to make our Christmas Dinner and Christmas gifts for over 100 members the best we can make it for them. View the Kijiji Ad here.
We thank those who have already supported SSCOPE’s “A Promise of Better Days” Christmas Appeal:
Parkside Ford Lincoln Ltd, Portage and Main Development (Creswin Properties), Joyce Manwaring, Manitoba Housing, Janice Rey, Boris Hwozdulych, Tom Dercola, Councillor Ross Eadie, Canada Safeway Gift Card and Giant Tiger Gift Card
Join us for our Christmas celebration day at Treasures Thrift Store and Coffeehouse, afternoon and evening at SSCOPE on Friday, December 21. View an earlier post about the combination Christmas cheer and Live Fridays event by clicking HERE. See you at SSCOPE Friday!
We are receiving donations every day now as we get closer to our December 21 Christmas dinner and all day Christmas spirit event at SSCOPE, including great discounts to the public in Treasures Thrift Store.
Today’s donation brought with it a wonderful note from a customer that has been with SSCOPE for a few years now, that should gratify all staff, volunteers and our employee-members.
“I am enclosing a cheque for… to be donated to SSCOPE for the holiday season and to thank all of your staff for the diligent, hard work that your employees do. I am very grateful for this service that you provide and feel that you are a wonderful community organization to do business with. Please express, my thanks and happy holidays to all the staff. Thank you for your cooperation and assistance.”
We very much appreciate this great testimonial. Our staff hear many more daily. Thank you to all our valued Customers in 2012. We fully recognize that we are a Customer driven organization, even as a non profit.
Come early and hear some great performers on SSCOPE’s Treasures Thrift Store CoffeeHouse Stage starting at 7:00 pm and then join the Christmas sing along and jamming at the end of the night as we ramp up the good feeling and Christmas spirit at 1466 Arlington St. just a fews before Christmas Day.
Jamming and Christmas sing along at starting at approximately 9:15 pm.
All bands and performers are playing in support of SSCOPE’s programs in Winnipeg to support mental health recovery through real jobs, and helping SSCOPE raise additional funds during the Christmas season to ensure that SSCOPE’s over 75 currently active members-employees enjoy a great Christmas.
In 2012 close to 200 individuals will have worked for SSCOPE on a casual or part-time basis, with the organization aiming to get to 400 individuals they support in the next four years.
Admission is by Donation. Food Services available. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 204 987-6300
Watch for the following two messages at the large signboard at the Portage and Fort, courtesy of Creswin Properties. SSCOPE member-employees sincerely appreciate the ongoing partnership we have with Creswin and their staff.
Our 1466 Arlington St. office, vehicle compound and thrift store location is now more secure thanks to the support of City Alarm of Winnipeg, (605 Notre Dame Ave, 204 947-2020) in monitoring and installation. We acknowledge and thank them for their show of support to SSCOPE and our work to provide meaningful casual and part-time employment to those in Winnipeg with mental health disabilities who want to work.
Now that we’ve developed SSCOPE’s Treasures Thrift Store Stage and Coffeehouse, with food services to a point where it is functioning well, we can offer it to the Community at large for rental. The Coffeehouse has a stage with full professional Karaoke equipment with a great selection of music, a stage with a full back line and lighting system if you want to bring in a live band, food services if you wish, all in a funky thrift store environment. All kinds of parties and functions can be held here, with attendance up to 100 or so.
For more information contact SSCOPE at 987-6300 or email email@example.com. We’d be glad to help you plan out the details for your upcoming successful event.
Day by day I’m feeling stronger, Day by day I’m lasting longer, Day by day you help me make my way…the words from a popular song in the 80′s, Day by Day. The words express SSCOPE’s mission very well…to empower our member-employees to build and rebuild their lives through employment and a supportive system.
In step with our Promise of Better Days, Christmas Dinner fund raising campaign, SSCOPE has begun a campaign to gain support from the food industry and community members to help us develop our Food Services Enterprise.
We are accepting all donations of food products and food preparation equipment, as well of cash donations that will allow us to create a 12 month a year Food Services program that will allow to create a Catering and Food Preparation so we can provide prepared food to all those in need of nutritious food in the community.
We will soon announce the date when we will begin accepting expressions of interest from group residences, homes and schools to receive our prepared food on a regular basis. We will be particularly looking for a mental health tie in but it will not be an essential requirement.
For more information or to discuss what you can possibly donate, please contact SSCOPE’s Director of Development at 987-6302 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We thank MPI for their decision to donate a 2005 Van to SSCOPE and especially all the staff at the R&D Centre on Plessis Road for their efforts in preparing this salvage vehicle to fully rebuilt status. It will make SSCOPE’s efforts to operate our Food Services business and transport crews in peak times, immeasurably easier.
You can view short videos of the past Live Friday performances, click the name below, and previous ones, just search: SSCOPE2 on Youtube.com
Join us December 21 for our last Live Fridays before Christmas, with Hoppin’ Hedges, Mountain Meets Prairie, and the Riff Vandals at starting at 6:50 pm. If you are a performer or group and you want to perform for SSCOPE’s employee members and the Winnipeg community, please call 987-6300 (204) or email email@example.com. Live Fridays is the fourth Friday of every month and all performers during the year are eligible to be asked to perform for our fourth annual Rockin’ the Bridge/Festival4MentalHealth on May 24-26, 2013
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Join us this Friday November 23 at 7:00 pm for three great live music acts at Treasures Thrift Store by SSCOPE at 1466 Arlington as we begin our Christmas fund raising drive for our members.
Stu Porteous, Jack Grass and North of Texas and Mike Melnyk and the Flip Cats. A full night of food, thrift strore shopping, great songs and uptempo music. SSCOPE’s employee members meet at 6:00 ias part of a regular Board of Director advisory function, and then the music begins just after 7:00 pm.
For more information call 204 987-6302 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Christmas is a great time to donate to our Treasures Thrift Store at 1466 Arlington St. and support SSCOPE and mental health recovery. We provide additional gift certificates to all our employee members to help them choose great items for themselves and others at Christmas, plus we have many from the adjacent community shopping for inexpensive treasures to provide as gifts.
Bring your reusable donations down to SSCOPE anytime between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm daily Monday to Friday or call us at 204 987-6300 if you have 25 or more boxes to donate and require pickup.
And join us on December 21 at 6:00 pm for our special Christmas music and food celebration for the community and our members and shop Treasures one last time before Christmas.
|6th Mth Totals||6 Mth Totals|
|2012 April 1 to September 30||2011 Year April 1 to September 30th|
|Total Employee Members 132||90|
|New Applications 61||58|
|New Employee Members Starting 33||44|
|Total Jobs All Members 1671||1526|
|Total Hours Worked 5718.4||5471.70|
|Total Payroll Dollars $62,529.35||$54,179.50|
|Average Payroll Size 54||45.5|
SSCOPE continues to show positive growth in terms of serving our employee members with gainful employment to support their mental health recovery. We are well on track to having close to 200 employees on payroll this year We are being challenged to put more new employee members to work until we can develop new employment generation partnerships with the business and government sector.
When we do develop those partnerships we ask for the communities generous donations to help us backfill all the job equipment and support needs we have for our members. We give them “A Reason To Believe”, “A Promise of Better Days”. We Aim To Help To Keep Them From the Expensive Hospital and Care System and Bring Stability To Their Lives. Can We Count On Your Support??
Please call the Director of Development at 204 987-6302 or email: email@example.com to talk about SSCOPE’s needs and how you can get involved with our mission and purpose.
You can view videos of SSCOPE activities and programs on YouTube. Just click the YouTube link.
Join us Friday November 23rd at SSCOPE at 1466 Arlington St (between Burrows and Magnus) as Treasures Thrift Store is transformed into Treasures Performance Stage and Thrift Store.
Appearing that evening will be Stu Porteous, singer-songwriter with a roots and country tinge (on YouTube here and here), Jack Grass and North of Texas four piece band with an uptempo country and country rock set (view their full setlist here and Mike Melnyk and The Flip Cats, back by popular demand, with another uptempo set, of rockabilly that will keep the dancers dancing after Jack Grass finishes.
Stu Porteous opens at 7:00 pm. Over 50 were in attendance at our last event and seating was limited. Come early! Food services are available. Admission is by Donation or purchases in the Treasures Thrift Store.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 987-6300.
If your band or performance wishes to play on SSCOPE’s Treasures Performance in one of our upcoming Live Fridays in December through April or even perform at our all day weekend Festival, May 24-26, 2013, please contact our Director at 987-60302 or by email: email@example.com
You can view videos of previous performances and more info on SSCOPE on YouTube. Just click the YouTube link.
What’s New At SSCOPE:
October 17 Board Meeting:
SSCOPE’s Board of Directors and chairman Ryan Clement have confirmed SSCOPE’s growth plans in supporting mental health recovery through real employment and supports by committing to grow to 400 paid employee members by 2016. 400 in 4 Years may be the catchphrase. This would double our current yearly paid employees.
The Board also agreed to further expansion by adding a second Employment Office/Training Centre and Retail operation in Winnipeg, within 6 months if possible, with more locations to come on a staged basis after that.
It also agreed to continue exploratory talks with communities like Kenora, Selkirk, Steinbach, Portage la Prairie, Brandon and others to determine if there is a basis in one or more of these communities for a local partnership for the development of a SSCOPE like social enterprise supportive employment non profit. As well, SSCOPE’s Bylaws are being reviewed for full update and revision for current and future development, with the changes to be presented to the AGM in June, 2013.
SSCOPE is embarking on a tremendous growth phase, while continuing to support each and every one of our existing members. New prospective Board members with special skills, contacts and high energy are encouraged to join us as we work to accomplish our mission.
MPI’s donation of a crew transport Van (see below) has allowed SSCOPE to take on additional work this winter. We currently have close to 65 residential and small business customers, including a new group of private customers that we commit to clearing before 8:00 am at a separate rate structure. This is highest ever total for SSCOPE as we also enter the second year of our contract with the City of Winnipeg to clear snow from City Hall, police stations, libraries and other buildings, about 40 in total, before 8:00 am in the morning. As a result of the City’s requirements and the demands of our employees to get closer to permanent part time work within our organization, we have now put in place Permanent Overnight Crews for the next five months, providing that permanent work so many want us to provide. Each crew also has a Lead Hand promoted from within our employee group. Two new part-time Team Leaders have been hired as well.
November 8th Meeting with Provincial Minister of Housing:
SSCOPE has a meeting on Thursday November 8th with Province of Manitoba Minister of Housing Kerri Irvin Ross to discuss how to further develop and enhance the business relationship and partnership that has existed between the two organizations for the past two years. Employee members are hoping for more committed year round employment as a result of SSCOPE being awarded sustainable jobs and work after the current series of meetings with governments and business.
SSCOPE is currently approximately 65% self funded through business revenues and non governmental funder partnerships and its Board is committed to seeing that be 100% in 4 years.
SSCOPE 2012 Christmas Luncheon:
This year’s Christmas Luncheon and Gift Giving is set for Friday December 21 at 11:45 am at Canton Buffet. The growing employee membership base requires us to increase our fundraising every year. Please consider supporting our members in their journey to mental health recovery through gainful employment and real work by calling the Director of Development at 987-6302 or emailing SSCOPE at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are pleased to announce that Manitoba Public Insurance has agreed to support SSCOPE and our growth with a donation of a like new saftied Van. SSCOPE will use the van to transport an additional crew and equipment for our growing Snow Removal services, and for future Food Deliveries from our Food Services program.
This comes a year after Manitoba Hydro chose to donate a used SUV to SSCOPE to meet our needs last winter. We continue to use it to this day.
The MPI van should be operational for SSCOPE within two weeks, just in time for the busy five month snow clearing season. Yes, this will give us additional capacity as well now to add new snow customers.
Watch this site for a picture of the new van soon. SSCOPE now has five vehicles in its fleet, including one three ton cube van with power tailgate for moving and delivery jobs and other uses.
As well SSCOPE continues to accept donated vehicles from the public and business for a fair market value tax receipt which are either used for our fundraising after sale at auction, or for practice vehicles for our employees to learn additional automotive skills.
Please contact SSCOPE Director of Development at 987-6302 for more information.
Like SSCOPE on Facebook and win an instant discount to Treasures at 1466 Arlington St in Winnipeg. Gently used donations put every day. Our Hours Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 3:45 pm. Late Shopping on October 19, November 23 and December 21 along with Live Music.
It’s all set for Friday night October 19 to take a trip down memory lane with the songs of The Beatles. Has there been a group of musicians who have been more instrumental on the shape and sound of today’s music. They are truly the ”Fab Four”. It’s 50 years ago this month that they released their first single, “Love Me Do”. We all remember their most famous songs: Hey Jude, Yesterday, All You Need is Love and the list goes on. SSCOPE is very grateful to Mark David Stollard for organizing and leading the night with fellow musicians, Reg Janz and Rob Daniels. Mark also extends a welcome to all other Manitoba musicians to come out and jam before and after. As well there will be Beatles karaoke all afternoon on the Treasures Thrift Store Stage. Do a Beatles tune and get 20% off your Thrift Store purchase. Jam starts at 6:00 pm, Rob Daniels at 7:00 pm and Mark David Stollard and Reg Janz at 8:15 pm with more jam to follow. Karaoke available all afternoon starting at 1:00 pm
View the News Release here
View the Poster here
View the story in Rolling Stone about the Beatles 50th anniversary here
Please check out the latest SSCOPE radio spots and tell us what you think. All voiced by the venerable Winnipeg radio announcer, Roger Currie. More to come. Tip: On windows machines: Click “open” if you want to play immediately, or “save” if you would like to download and play later.
Yvette has been a member of SSCOPE since 2010 and
she was nominated for the Heroes of Mental Health
Award specifically for her efforts to assist other SSCOPE
members to stop smoking.
This from her nomination:
Heros of Mental Health Nomination, September 7, 2012
I am pleased to nominate Yvette Chartrand in the Individual category as a Hero of Mental Health.
Yvette was diagnosed in 1982 with a mental health disability and has lived and coped most of her adult life with a mental health problem.
She has been a SSCOPE Employee Member since.2009. Since 2010 she has been a valuable member of SSCOPE’s office team serving as SSCOPE’s part-time receptionist for all customers and in member liaison duties such as employment shift bookings and Winnipeg Harvest co-ordination.
She demonstrates her care and concern about other employee-members and the overall SSCOPE program with her empathy and her efforts to explain to all who will listen about why the program is beneficial. Her work attendance, her punctuality, her committment and positive attitude make her a model employee-member.
SSCOPE has always focused only on providing casual and part-time employment.
In late 2011, SSCOPE Board and Senior Staff decided to add life improvement program options for its employee members so that the organization would become more involved of the whole life of its growing membership employee group.
In February 2012, Yvette was instrumental in helping SSCOPE senior staff in organizing SSCOPE’s first member employee self-Improvement program., Smoking Reduction and Cessation, in conjunction with MANTRA.
As we all know, the incidence of smoking among those with mental health problems is higher than the population norm and it seems particularly so at SSCOPE. She was both a leader in securing employmee members to participate, which was no easy task, given the direct tie noted earlier, and in inspiring others with her personal story of how she had stopped smoking herself five years ago.
As a result of her work and the program, in the first year, at least 5 specific individuals quit or cut back on the daily nicotine intake and a number of others were influenced to act in some way.
Yvette now serves as the in house support and resource person for those attempt to stop or reduce smoking. She is co-ordinating the second year of the program at SSCOPE, which has become ongoing.
Her province wide impact will be felt when a DVD video*** of a talk she gave in front of 300 mental health workers in Vancouver, BC, where she lived before returning to Winnipeg, will be distributed to mental health resource centres all around the province.
In the talk, the normally shy and reserved Yvette, spoke with conviction and asked mental workers to make that extra effort to help those they were already helping to help others to stop or reduce smoking.
The video tells the story about her experiences in quitting smoking. “I didn’t want to die because of a stupid cigarette”, she said. Social Assistance provided the patch and gum through the Quitnow.ca (in B.C.) organization.
She relates how her mother supported her long distance by phoning and encouraging her on a regular basis when she was quitting, plus the QuitNow counsellors helped frequently when she needed support.
Her father and mother had stopped smoking years before, which was an encouragement and motivation for her to do the same.
Yvette wants to help all others, especially people with mental health disabilities to quit, as it seems to her that almost everyone that she sees at SSCOPE or elsewhere with a mental health problem, also smokes.
“I don’t know if there is a proven direct connection, she says, but I want to help others like me to quit. We have enough health related issues already then to create more for ourselves by smoking, let alone the money it costs us to smoke when we are already on a fixed income.”
***Note: Clip from DVD video (or actual DVD) will be submitted under separate cover/delivery, as additional information related to this nomination.
prepared by: Bob Rempel, Exec. Dir. SSCOPE Inc.1466 Arlington St. Winnipeg R2X 1T8
Yvette’s a Hero in our eyes always. The actual award winners selected by the CMHA internal committee and announced on October 5 is here.
Book your fall Yard CleanUp now and get your Yard done before the rush that starts mid month and we’ll give you a 20% discount on our usual rate. Or we can offer you a charitable tax receipt for the discount. Our employee members need the work and we can’t have them sitting around for two weeks not working for their benefit, so we offer you an incentive to start today with the Fall Cleanup program. We bag and take away immediately all yard waste we clean up.
As well another promotion offers all new 5 month prepaid Snow Shoveling customers an additional 20% discount on Fall CleanUp Services.
Call SSCOPE today at 987-6300 or email email@example.com
- Need a drink? SSCOPE Inc. offers vending machine services in partnership with Coke to other non profits and activity centres. #
- 10 calls today about fall yard cleanups, bagged leaf pickup and snow shoveling servies. Fall is here! #mentalhealthemployment #
- Paradize Band to a full coffeehouse friday night http://t.co/TPT943Q1 #
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Need a drink? SSCOPE Inc. offers vending machine services in partnership with Coke to other non profits and activity centres.
We’ve now got three live acts for Friday September 28th to kick off our monthly Friday night Live Music series. Lee and Joe, formerly of The Davis Brothers were just added today and they’ll bring a great blues and rock set to SSCOPE’s Treasures Thrift Store Stage at 1466 Arlington. View, print or forward the Poster if you can. Tell your frends. Free admission with Thrift Store purchase or by donation.
Enjoy Paulo Borges, Winnipeg singer-songwriter with a Latin feel, Friday September 28th at SSCOPE at 7:00 pm and then stay around as the Caribbean rhythms and reggae beats start to heat up with the Paradize Band at 8:15 pm. Everyone Welcome.
Come out and support the mental health by SSCOPE in the community. Admission is Free with small Donation or Thrift Store purchase. Thrift Store open late and SSCOPE’s Little Food Feat Mobile Food Unit will be providing great food for sale and sampling all evening, plus free popcorn and coffee. It’s at 1466 Arlington St, between Burrows and Magnus.
And snow shoveling services services start November 1. We’ll provide a full fall yard cleanup and leaf removal for you to prepare your lawn and property for the winter and spring months. Call SSCOPE at 987-6300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a price quote today. Our members need the work and we ask for your support. Our prices are very competitive. Our work quality under the eye of trained leaders is high. We will match any professional quote you receive.
(Media Release:6/09/12) SSCOPE-Non Profit-Music-Performance Stage-Thrift Store-Reggae-Beatles
SSCOPE’s Treasures Thrift Store Performance Stage—- Fall Performances start Friday September 28 at 1466 Arlington St…… Paradize: September 28th 8:15 pm….performing reggae and caribbean music October 24: Beatles Theme Night with a Twist (and Shout): Vote for the Best Beatles Songs Ever…
SSCOPE is resuming its regular monthly “Performance Stage Evenings….for Mental Health and SSCOPE” Friday September 28th Performing live will be Paradize at 8:15 pm with reggae and caribbean rhythms all night. It’s a Jammin’ night for sure in the Bob Marley tradition and a call to all Manitoba musicians to participate if they can, with the Marley video to be shown on the Big Screen at 7:00 pm.
Open Mic at the Treasures Stage on Performance Stage is available from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Admission is by donation, with great food and snacks available for purchase from SSCOPE’s Little Food Feat’s food truck.
Friday October 24 is set as a Beatles Theme Night, with Mark David Stollard and Friends and the Joy Diamond Band performing on a Beatles reworked and revisited theme night, with Beatles jams and karaoke throughout the afternoon and evening as well.
SSCOPE has also announced that it has set the weekend of May 24-262013for it’s 4th annual combined Festival4MentalHealth and the let’s get the summer started” Rockin’ the Bridge music and street festival and public awareness day, for indoors and outdoors at both 1466 Arlington St and Downtown Winnipeg. Many of the performers from previous years are returning, and bookings from new Groups and Performers are now being accepted.
The September 28th event will kick off SSCOPE’s HIRE US…forGood! community awareness campaign and SSCOPE’s Fall Cleanup yard work in October in the community, with homeowners, businesses and organizations encouraged to hire SSCOPE’s members to help support our mission of providing real work…real jobs to those with mental health problems who otherwise would not be working.
“Our standards are as high as others, our leaders are well qualified and our employee base wants and needs more work, said Bob Rempel, Executive Director. Call SSCOPE at 987-6302 to get the process started. Winter Snow Shoveling and Snow Removal services for November through March are also ready to be booked.
“All forms of financial support and partnerships are most welcome, as we strive to create more employment for those with mental health and related disabilities in ways that benefit both the community and our members. It can be as simple as hiring SSCOPE to cut your lawn or clean up and clean out your garage and basement and haul items away for recycling with our 3 ton truck,” he said.
SSCOPE assisted 140 employee members in 2011, with casual and part time employment in its various social enterprises, up from 87 the previous year. Approximately $135,000 was currently paid out in wages and benefits to those with a mental health disability or issue, working for SSCOPE. Ten to 15 new applications for employment are received every month.
For more information about donations to Treasures or the event, please contact our office at 987-6300 or email email@example.com
(Media Contact: Bob Rempel, 987-6302 (office direct) or 250-6300 (mobile)
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Retweeted because SSCOPE’s LIttle Food Feats trailer wants to be on the best Dogs in Winnipeg list within the next year! Visit our Little Food Feats trailer daily at 1466 Arlington St. daily from 11-2 until October 1. Or follow SSCOPE @sscopeinc and get tweets on our Trailer locations.
Melanie Wight, the MLA for Burrows dropped us a note recently to say “thank you for the excellent work this summer”…for me and my constituents…”Do you do winter work”.
And of course we responded that we certainly do and are looking to expand our snow shoveling customers in 2012-13 to help us create more work for the every growing demand. We also for her assistance in helping getting the word out to her constituents about SSCOPE and of course she responded positively. We are very grateful to Melanie; she is a strong supporter of our organization and our mission and purpose and our activities such as our music nights and festivals.
Great post by Tamara Forlanski of Global News on Friday, August 31, perfectly in advance, but not by plan, of the start of our “Hire Us…ForGood! public campaign starting in September, along with the “Are You Enterprising Socially” tag line.
Worth sharing: View it here and follow Tamara on Twitter
As per her note, please think of SSCOPE for all kinds of jobs. Jobs like your property snow shoveling needs this winter, construction labour and construction site cleanups as well as small to medium inside janitorial and vacant house or building cleaning, and automotive cleaning inside and out. We’re at 1466 Arlington St, call us at 987-6300 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us Friday September 28th at 7:00 pm for Paradize, playing all forms of Caribbean and Reggae music, while we’re still in summer mode. Clyde Heerah and his band get a lot of positive feedback everytime they play and they have been strong supporters of our Rockin’ the Bridge event for two years now and contine to help the organization in many ways We’re at 1466 Arlington St.
It’s Bob Marley theme night too and we’re hoping to have the Marley documentary available on the big screen at SSCOPE too.
Karaoke starts at 4:00 pm with our new professional karaoke equipment for members and guests, thanks to the generous donations of SSCOPE supporters. Donated merchandise prizes for best performers. Musicians who want to come out and jam after the Paradize set welcome too. Call us at 987-6300 for more information or to book your spot.