News Release - January 7, 2010
SHELTER FUNDING TO HELP WOMEN, CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN REGINA AND SASKATOON
Vulnerable women and children in Saskatoon and at-risk male youth in Regina will have better access to shelter and help they need, following the approval of provincial funding for two separate initiatives.
The Saskatoon Salvation Army will receive about $65,000 per month in 2009-10 to operate a new 41-bed emergency shelter for women and women with children. In addition, the John Howard Society - Regina Council will receive up to $50,000 in capital funding to assist in the purchase of a Regina dwelling that will be utilized as a five-space peer-home residence for male youth, ages 15 to 18, who are in the care of the Ministry of Social Services.
"Our support for these initiatives demonstrates, once again, our government's commitment to ensuring that vulnerable children, youth and adults have access to shelter and the other necessities they need," Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer said. "These two projects will make a significant difference in the lives of many women, children and male youth, and are the latest in a series of initiatives aimed at helping Saskatchewan people who are in need to transition to a better life."
"With the financial support of the province, our new 41-bed shelter for single women and women with children will help address the significant need for more emergency shelter in Saskatoon," Captain Rhonda Smith of the Saskatoon Salvation Army said. "Our new shelter will provide some of our community's most vulnerable residents with the sanctuary and help they need during periods of extreme personal crisis and upheaval."
"We are thrilled that the province has committed to support our new peer-home project for vulnerable male youth in Regina," John Howard Society of Saskatchewan - Regina Council District Director Greg Fleet said. "Our new five-space home, Stewart's Place, will make a positive difference in our community by providing male youth, ages 15 to 18, who are in the care of the Ministry, with the stability and supports they need as they approach adulthood."
The Salvation Army shelter is expected to open in Saskatoon in February 2010. The new peer home for male youth is expected to open in Regina in early spring 2010.
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