Transition house gets mixed reception in Victoria
U-Turn Centre wants space for addicts who’ve already completed recovery programs
The Victoria Community Centre was otherwise silent as close to 100 residents listened to a young woman talk about her experience with addiction.
She hoped her message would sway them to open their community to a transition house for people looking to take back control of their life.
“We all make mistakes,” said the woman, who also lives in Victoria. “We all have our own battles that we are facing. We should not be defined of who we are because of our mistakes. We don’t need society to be judging us when we do that U-Turn Drop-in Centre executive director Jeff Bourne addresses the audience at a public meeting about his group’s proposal to set up a transition house for recovering addicts. enough for ourselves.
“I think there are so many things that can be done to help addicts. I strongly believe opening this centre will be the first step to help build a brighter future for addicts today and tomorrow.”
The centre in question would be a new location for the U-Turn Drop-in Centre. The owners of a former retirement home in the community have offered to donate their building to the organization, which regularly hosts meetings for people dealing with addictions issues.
In addition to serving as a new location for the drop-in centre, the building has more than enough room to accom- Victoria Coun. Jennifer Baker speaks during last’s Wednesday public consultation at the local Community Centre. modate transition housing. According to a plan drafted by U-Turn’s board of directors, the facility would take in residents referred to the program from provincial government treatment centres like the Grace Centre in Harbour Grace and Humberwood in Corner Brook.
The proposal needs Victoria council’s approval. After taking in a presentation at a recent council meeting, it was decided a public consultation was necessary to educate residents and get feedback.
Board chairman Curt Clarke told attendees of last Wednesday’s meeting that the facility would be welcoming people who have shown a strong de- sire to overcome their addiction.
They will complete a 28-day recovery program in Harbour Grace or Corner Brook before arriving at the transition house. There will be zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol, random drug tests will be administered, visiting hours will be restricted and take place in a public area, and a curfew will be enforced. It will be a secure building with a buzz-in system.
A caretaker will live on site. An operations manager and part-time social worker will also be employed. Residents will be required to pay their own rent and look after living expenses.
These people want to change their lives. These people are doing something about it. Two houses down the road, you’ve got some man or woman selling drugs, pushing it to our children …These are the people that we should be worried about. Jennifer Baker
Pushing its Christmas parade by a day turned out to be the right move for Harbour Grace.
A miserable Dec. 3 gave way to a considerably better Sunday afternoon as hundreds lined the parade route to catch a glimpse of the dozens of floats and community groups that took part in the extravaganza.
Bay Roberts, Bay de Verde and Placentia were also forced to move their highly anticipated parades.
While a snow squall hit the town just minutes after the large group left the council building on Water Street, the weather was clear and the temperature was crisp enough to enjoy the event.
Spectators got to see a variety of floats. There were super heroes, Jedi knights, Stormtroopers a pair of marching bands and of course, Santa Claus along with Mrs. Claus
The Harbour Grace parade is one of a number of parades happening in the region over the next couple of weeks. For many towns, they serve as the official opening of the holiday season.
Afterwards, the town received rave reviews for its parade and subsequent tree lighting on social media.
The Compass was there and captured these images.
Quinn Butt is never far from the thoughts of people in the region, especially heading into the holidays.
The Victoria Volunteer Fire Department got some help from a pair of super troopers and a Sith lord for their float.
HGOE CeeBee Stars players Matthew Thomey (left) and Doug Pippy wave to spectators during the parade.
Danceworx Studies got the crowd jumping with their dance routine along the parade route. They were one of a number of community groups taking part in the parade.
The Harbour Grace branch of the Church Lads Brigade was one of a pair of marching bands sharing the gift of music in Harbour Grace.
CeeBees minor hockey had some strong representation at the parade.