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Mar12TueBedford MacDonald House provides important service in the community. March 12, 2013
The Salvation Army recently opened Bedford MacDonald House in Charlottetown, P.E.I., the only men's shelter on island.
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The grand opening event drew a crowd of approximately 50 government officials and community partners, and featured speeches from Army officials and local politicians, including Mayor Clifford Lee and MLA Valerie E. Docherty.
“Our government recognizes that there are times when Island men need a warm and welcoming place to go and we are pleased to be able to support the community effort to reopen Bedford MacDonald House,” says Docherty. “I would like to congratulate The Salvation Army and the community partners whose hard work and dedication ensured this reopening became a reality.”
The seven-bed shelter came into the hands of The Salvation Army after an Island businessman anonymously donated $200,000 to help cover repair and operational costs over the next five years. Bedford MacDonald House was closed for three months in 2012 for significant renovations, reopening under The Salvation Army's name in December.
“Bedford MacDonald House represents a wonderful addition to our ministry,” says Captain Jamie Locke, corps officer. “We are excited to offer this shelter and support to those in need in our community.”
Since its reopening the shelter has proved an important service in the community, with occupancy averaging four men each night.
Photo: Salvation Army officers and government officials participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open Bedford MacDonald House. From left, Cpt Jamie Locke; Colonel Floyd Tidd, chief secretary; Mjr Doug Hefford, DC, Maritime Div; MLA Valerie E. Docherty; Mayor Clifford Lee; Mjr Jean Hefford, DDWM, Maritime Div; Cpt Elaine Locke, CO