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    Ground-Breaking for Supportive Housing

    Salvation Army partnership makes Family Short-Term Supportive Housing project a reality. July 8, 2019
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    Representatives from The Salvation Army and Redwood Park Communities turn sod at the ceremony
    Representatives from The Salvation Army and Redwood Park Communities turn sod at the ceremony
    Residents of Barrie, Ont., will soon have new options for housing, thanks to a joint project of The Salvation Army and Redwood Park Communities.

    The Army’s Barrie Bayside Mission and Barrie Citadel, along with Redwood Park, held a ground-breaking ceremony in May to mark the kickoff of the Family Short-Term Supportive Housing project. The $3-million housing project—a two-storey building featuring 12 fully furnished two-bedroom apartments—is being built by Redwood Park on Salvation Army property behind the citadel. Construction of the building is expected to take 18 months.

    May’s ground-breaking ceremony included celebratory comments from city officials, staff from The Salvation Army and Redwood Park, along with key campaign donors.

    “It’s an exciting day for us here in Barrie,” says Jeffrey Robertson, area director—public relations, Ontario Central-East Division. “We have officially turned the sod on this new project and this new partnership. Joining forces with Redwood Park Communities allows us to turn this community need into reality.”

    The Barrie Bayside Mission will oversee the intake of families and provide formal case management and programming, while Redwood Park will care for the building, while offering supports through its family support team—a team that currently assists residents at their other 34 affordable housing units throughout the city.

    “We are grateful for Redwood Park, the Bayside Mission and the Barrie Citadel family who, together, will help create a ‘family’ for those who call this community home,” says Robertson.

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