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Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Saskatchewan

$1 MILLION FOR CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES PROJECTS

Children and families in need in Saskatoon, Regina, Moose Jaw and Swift Current will have better access to residential and emergency receiving services, following approval of more than $1 million in capital funding for various projects in those communities.

"Since taking office, our government has been unwavering in its commitment to the health and well-being of children and families," Social Services Minister June Draude said. "In partnership with community-based organizations across the province, we will continue to deliver on that commitment - moving Saskatchewan forward by ensuring a safe, healthy and prosperous future for all of our children."

The approved capital projects include $500,000 to STC Urban First Nations Services Inc. of Saskatoon to go toward the purchase, renovation and furnishing of a building to be used as a 10-space emergency receiving resource for children aged 12 and under.

"STC is pleased to partner with the Saskatchewan Government on the development of a new emergency receiving resource for First Nations children in need in the Saskatoon area," STC Tribal Chief Felix Thomas said. "The focus of this new resource will be on family preservation by providing appropriate services and supports to First Nations parents, children and extended family members."

The remaining projects are as follows:

  • $200,000 to the Salvation Army in Regina to go toward the purchase, renovation and furnishing of a residential peer home for up to five female youth between the ages of 15 and 18 years who are pregnant or caring for their babies.
  • $150,000 to the YWCA of Regina to renovate and expand the capacity of the YWCA KITS Home, which provides emergency receiving services for children aged 12 and under. The renovations will include the installation of fire doors and a sprinkler system.
  • $125,000 to Southwest Homes Inc. of Swift Current to go toward the purchase and renovation of a home for three children with disabilities aged 12 and under who require a supportive living environment.
  • $50,000 to Moose Jaw Families for Change Inc. to go toward the purchase of a residence for a male teen with challenging needs who requires placement outside of mainstream foster care. Two adult males with intellectual disabilities will also be accommodated at the home.

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For more information, contact:

Brian Miller
Social Services
Regina
Phone: 306-787-0531
Email: brian.miller3@gov.sk.ca

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