May 02, 2018

Saskatchewan Supports YWCA Shelters in Prince Albert and Saskatoon

The Government of Saskatchewan is supporting Prince Albert and Saskatoon programs that provide shelter to victims of interpersonal violence and abuse.

The YWCAs in Prince Albert and Saskatoon will receive approximately $1.4 million this year as part of a three-year funding agreement.

“This funding will help ensure that Saskatchewan women and children in crisis have somewhere to turn when they find themselves in need of emergency shelter,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan said.

The funding for the Prince Albert YWCA will support Our House, which provides short-term accommodation in a safe, supportive, confidential environment for women, and Central Avenue Residential Services, which provides short-term emergency and transitional shelter and support to women in crisis and their children.

“The funding provided by the Ministry of Justice is essential in ensuring woman and children in the Prince Albert area have a safe place to stay when experiencing homelessness, domestic violence or any other crisis that affects their safety,” YWCA Prince Albert Chief Executive Officer Donna Brooks said.

Brooks noted that funding from the Ministry of Justice helped provide crisis and transitional shelter for 276 women and 88 children last year.

The funding for the YWCA Saskatoon will help support the Saskatoon YWCA Crisis Shelter, which offers short-term emergent shelter to women and their children who are experiencing homelessness for a variety of reasons, including violence and safety issues.

“YWCA Saskatoon is proud of our longstanding relationship with the Ministry of Justice,” YWCA Saskatoon Chief Executive Officer Shannon Friesen said.  “We work together to ensure that women and their children who come to the YWCA Saskatoon have a safe haven, a place to regroup, recharge and take the time they need.  We rely on the support from the ministry to be able to continue offering vital programs and services.”