June 03, 2016

Esterhazy Celebrates Grand Opening of New Group Home

Five individuals in Esterhazy were today joined by Melville-Saltcoats MLA Warren Kaeding on behalf of Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer, dignitaries, staff, and local residents to celebrate the official grand opening of their new group home.

“I am pleased to officially welcome these five individuals to their beautiful new home that will meet their needs and support their inclusion into the Esterhazy community,” Kaeding said.  “I thank Langenburg and District Activity Centre for their valuable contributions to the province through their work with individuals living with intellectual disabilities.”

The group home, managed by Langenburg and District Activity Centre, provides a community home, an in-home day program and a sensory room.  The sensory room is an innovative space used to stimulate a person’s senses using different lighting effects, colours, sounds, music, scents and textures.  It is used to allow exploration and relaxation and can also be used to provide relief from pain, to increase an individual’s energy, motivation or attention, and provides a different means of communication and socialization.

Langenburg and District Activity Centre has been supporting individuals living with intellectual disabilities since 1980.  Their group homes provide an environment where individuals experiencing disability have the opportunity to gain a sense of purpose and interact with others.

“We are all very excited to celebrate the grand opening of this beautiful new home that provides individualized supports for participants with high medical needs and intellectual disabilities,” Langenburg and District Activity Centre Executive Director Laura Duchek said.  “The support provided to our participants is captured within their Person Centered Plan which is unique to meeting their specific needs.  It is our goal to ensure community inclusion for all our participants.”

The total cost of this project was more than $1.2 million.   The Government of Saskatchewan provided $400,000 in funding, along with a mortgage of approximately $800,000.