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Friday, 08 June 2012 13:40

New group home in Swift Current gets launched June 8

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Four more people with intellectual disabilities will have a new place to call home thanks to the grand opening of a four-space group home in Swift Current Friday.


The project, called Seafoot House, was made possible by a partnership between Southwest Homes, the Covell family and the Ministry of Social Services.


"We are excited to see this new home being opened in Swift Current," Social Services Minister June Draude said. "This home will help make Saskatchewan one of the best places to live in Canada for people with disabilities by serving four individuals with emerging needs."


"This new home will make a real difference in the lives of people with intellectual disabilities from Swift Current and the surrounding area," Southwest Homes Executive Director Susie Eidem said. "We want to thank the Covell family and Ministry of Social Services for partnering with us to make this home a reality."


A $550,000 donation from the Covell family covered the capital costs of the project while the Ministry of Social Services is providing Seafoot House with annual operating funding of $256,911. In total, Southwest Homes will receive more than $1.8 million in operating funding from Social Services in 2012-13 for its various homes and programs for people with intellectual disabilities.


This investment builds on the government's four-year commitment to eliminate the waitlist of 440 Saskatchewan people with intellectual disabilities who require programs and services by 2012-13. To date, services for 373 people - or 85 per cent of the waitlist - are already in place across the province. The ministry's 2012-13 budget includes an additional $1.6 million to provide services for individuals who are not on the initial 440 waitlist, but still require placement. The operational funding for Seafoot House comes from this funding.

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