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Apr24ThuNew shelter can house up to 64 people. April 24, 2014 by Dave Dyck, Alaska Highway News
It was a warm moment on a cold, snowy day in April as The Salvation Army opened the doors to the new Northern Centre of Hope in Fort St. John, B.C. “Today's weather tells you why we need something like this,” Mayor Lori Ackerman told the crowd of 50 gathered for the opening.
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“The shelter can house up to 64 people with both shelter and transitional beds for individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness,” said Captain Deb VanderHeyden, executive director of the centre and corps officer, Fort St. John Community Church.
The newly renovated centre provides clients with support services and accessible resources, such as addictions programming, as well as a drop-in food line six days a week. The centre will also help increase access to safe and affordable housing for residents in need and represents the first step in breaking the cycle of homelessness in a supportive environment.
“We're pleased to expand our range of support services offered in the North Peace region for those at risk,” said Lt-Colonel Larry Martin, divisional commander, British Columbia Division. “Thank you to all who made the Northern Centre of Hope a reality as we continue to provide help to those in need. Together, we are not only helping the individual, but improving the quality of life for all the residents of Fort St. John.”
A current client, David, shared that The Salvation Army helped him gain control of his alcoholism. “I plan on staying in this two-year program and continuing on in this healthy lifestyle to get back into society sober,” he said. “Without The Salvation Army staff and my family, I wouldn't be standing here talking to you people today.”