Wednesday, 06 July 2016 13:16

Groundbreaking ceremony for emergency youth shelter in Swift Current, July 5, 2016

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A community initiative by a local non-profit organization Southwest Youth Emergency Shelter (YES) to create an emergency shelter for homeless youth in southwest Saskatchewan reached in important milestone with the July 5 groundbreaking ceremony on the site, which is located at the corner of Herbert Street East and 2nd Avenue NE in Swift Current. The project will be a community build that will involve donations of expertise, labour and materials from local contractors and businesses. The project has received financial donations from the City and R.M. of Swift Current, and funds raised by Southwest YES since 2013 was used to purchase the vacant lot in the city. The construction project is coordinated by Tom Westbury, the co-owner of Len’s Plumbing and Heating in Swift Current. The completed home will be named Dorie's House in honour of his mother Doreen, who passed away last year. The shelter will provide accommodation for six to eight young people of all genders between the ages of 14 and 18, and the goal is that the facility will already be in use this coming winter. Speakers during the ceremony were Southwest YES President Bob Hale, Tom Westbury and his sister Charmaine Westbury, Swift Current Mayor Jerrod Schafer, and R.M. of Swift Current Reeve Bob Neufeld. Jeff Bailey of Bulldog Contracting used an excavator to break the ground.

 

 
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