The group outreach centre at Smith Lodge in Charlottetown is preparing for winter.
Representatives from the centre offered to a legislative committee Wednesday concerning the challenges they’re going through.
The outreach centre, which goals to assist these combating points associated to dependancy, psychological well being and homelessness, is staffed by the Salvation Military.
Going into the winter months there’ll seemingly be a higher want on the centre and capability is a matter, says Lt. Emily Newbury with the Salvation Military.
‘We definitely are searching for a brand new location that’s extra everlasting and higher suited to serving shoppers,’ says Lt. Emily Newbury with the Salvation Military. (Tony Davis/CBC)
“We acknowledge there might be individuals who want refuge from the chilly and that could be a house that they will go, however we finally additionally wish to help them in altering their state of affairs and looking for help from group companions,” Newbury mentioned.
“We’d hope that we would not have to show anybody away.”
‘Searching for a brand new location’
When the pilot venture was introduced for the group outreach centre at Smith Lodge, it was to be a 28-bed facility. As a result of COVID-19, solely 12 to fifteen persons are ready to make use of the service without delay, Newbury mentioned.
“Our house is proscribed and given COVID now we have to be additional cautious,” she mentioned.
The P.E.I. Housing Company purchased the land the place Smith Lodge is, situated at Weymouth and Dorchester streets, for $1.3 million.
Newbury mentioned it is an older constructing and that comes with a set of challenges.
Newbury says as a result of issues resembling The Salvation Military Christmas Kettle marketing campaign go towards native initiatives, among the cash raised may go to the outreach centre. (Laura Meader/CBC)
Although the constructing is technically wheelchair accessible, Newbury mentioned there are slender hallways and tight turns to navigate.
“We definitely are searching for a brand new location that’s extra everlasting and higher suited to serving shoppers,” she mentioned.
“It could be someplace that has open house in order that there will be gatherings of individuals when that’s secure to take action.”
Newbury mentioned she want to see the outreach centre capable of provide issues resembling laundry companies and a rest room with a bathe — however she understands a constructing like that is not straightforward to search out.
Extra from CBC P.E.I.