New Group Home Opens in Saskatoon
Four people with intellectual disabilities will have a new place to call home thanks to today’s official opening of a LutherCare Communities group home in Saskatoon.
The new home, located at 1226 Temperance Street, will offer state-of-the-art care for residents with high medical needs thanks to a fully-accessible main floor which includes a hydro-therapy tub and ceiling-based lift mechanism.
The Government of Saskatchewan contributed $250,000 toward the construction of the project, while LutherCare Communities contributed the cost of the land, an in-kind contribution totalling $195,000.
“Our investment means that one person from Saskatoon and three individuals from Valley View Centre in Moose Jaw will have a new place to call home,” Saskatoon Sutherland MLA Paul Merriman said on behalf of Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer. “The promise of a better life for people with intellectual and physical disabilities is the reason we partner with great organizations like LutherCare Communities, and we are excited to see this happening again at this new home.”
For three of these residents, living in this house will be a brand new experience after transitioning from Valley View Centre in Moose Jaw. These three individuals are also part of the 21 Valley View residents who have now moved into new community homes across the province. Another 8-10 Valley View residents are expected to transition into new homes by March 2016.
New services like this one that are being developed to support the transition of individuals from Valley View Centre in Moose Jaw will also help support the more than 4,500 Saskatchewan people with intellectual disabilities who currently receive community-based services.
“We want to thank the Government of Saskatchewan for supporting this wonderful new home,” LutherCare Communities CEO Vivienne Hauck said. “This home will provide residents with the opportunity to live in a family-style, non-institutional environment, supported by caring staff members. It will be a great place for these four people to make a life in Saskatoon.”
LutherCare Communities has been providing care, shelter and support since the opening of the original Lutheran Sunset Home in Saskatoon in 1955.
To learn more about LutherCare Communities, visit www.luthercare.com.