July 26, 2018

New Group Home Opens in Rosthern

Today, Biggar-Sask Valley MLA Randy Weekes, on behalf of Premier Scott Moe, and Minister of Social Services Paul Merriman, joined community members, dignitaries and residents in Rosthern to celebrate the grand opening of the Valley Action Abilities Inc. group home.

This home provides care to three former residents of Valley View Centre who have transitioned into community-based living.  Currently, 53 people reside at Valley View Centre and are in the process of finding new homes in communities of their choice.

“The opening of this third group home in Rosthern represents another step forward in our government’s support of community living,” MLA of Biggar-Sask Valley Randy Weekes said. “I wish all the best to the residents of this new home and I want to thank Valley Action Abilities for continuing to create an inclusive community in Rosthern.”

Valley Action Abilities will receive nearly $2 million in 2018-19 to operate six group homes and a day program.  Valley Action Abilities is a community based organization that has provided residential, vocational and recreational supports to people with intellectual disabilities in the Rosthern area since 1972.

“Valley Action is proud to acknowledge our partnerships with Community Living Service Delivery, the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation and Valley View Centre in realizing this dream,” Executive Director of Valley Action Abilities Cameron Nicolle said.  “This beautiful new space will be home to four residents who have been arriving from Valley View Centre in Moose Jaw over the last few months. We want to welcome them and look forward to providing these men with the best home possible.”

This group home supports the Saskatchewan Disability Strategy by creating residential services for people with disabilities.  The strategy, which was released in June 2015, focuses on six priority areas including: transportation, respite, accessibility legislation, residential services, service co-ordination and navigation, and awareness/understanding of the rights of people with disabilities.

Saskatchewan residents and communities that have done work that aligns with the Disability Strategy are encouraged to share their accomplishments using the hashtag #SKDisability.

The Saskatchewan Disability Strategy Facebook page can be found at www.facebook.com/skdisability.