Emergency shelter for youth formally opens in Saskatoon – Saskatoon
An emergency housing project that aims to fill gaps in housing support for Saskatoon youth officially opened its doors on Monday.
EGADZ’s newest project, called Ground Zero Youth Transition Home, offers 10 bedrooms to help teenagers ages 15-19 transition into self-employment by providing support such as mental health and drug use, social services and medical assistance.
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The non-profit said customers will also have access to nutritional programs, 24/7 on-site staff support, and case planning that is both youth-centered and youth-focused.
“We are honored to be involved in such an important program that has been driven by youth from day one,” said EGADZ Managing Director Don Meikle in a statement.
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“We not only gained a necessary ministry for the youth; We were also able to use this opportunity to expand and improve Sweet Dreams. It was a win-win for the youth and families in Saskatchewan. “
According to EGADZ, the Sweet Dreams Early Learning Center provides self-employed mothers with safe housing while they work towards completing their education or getting a job.
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Provincial government officials said Ground Zero was Saskatoon’s first “youth for youth” emergency shelter.
“This new housing program has been fully promoted by the Youth Committee to ensure that it meets the unique needs of the youth who have access to Ground Zero,” said Minister of Social Affairs Lori Carr in a press release.
“I applaud the incredible work and passion this group of young people has shown in getting this program off the ground, and I thank EGADZ for their tireless work in empowering the youth, families and communities in Saskatchewan.”
The government said it is allocating $ 1.1 million annually in support of the new program, along with the Saskatchewan Health Department, which is also allocating $ 244,000.
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