The Salvation Army in Whitehorse opened a multi-million dollar facility that offers more than emergency shelter and meals.
The new facility called the Centre of Hope will replace the aging shelter that sits across the street in the downtown area.
“It’s to work very, very hard to the eradication of homelessness and hunger,” said Salvation Army Colonel Lee Graves.
“It’s to work very very hard to the eradication of homelessness and hunger.
The new centre will be open seven days a week with drop-in meals – and equipped with 25 emergency shelter beds and 20 transitional apartments.
“This centre will work towards our common goals of leaving no one behind,” said Yukon Minister of Health and Social Services Pauline Frost.
“No one in our community should ever be left behind no matter where you are in your life or circumstances that are presented to you in life.”
The centre will also offer life skill programs like cooking lessons – and staff will be able to help clients bridge the gaps in accessing social services for alcohol and drug treatment.
The meal service and drop in the shelter will be open by the end of October.
The emergency shelter space has been designed for clients who need their own private space.
“It’s bigger and let’s not hope that we use it all the time and let hope that we have priority like getting our own shelter like our own place, housing it’s an issue,” said Salvation Army client Claude Herman.
The current shelter served more than 75,000 meals last year.
And as the homeless population grows in Whitehorse, so does the need for a place like the new Centre of Hope.
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