Gov­ern­ment in­vest­ment en­hances Bed­ford Mac­Don­ald House

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

An an­nual provin­cial in­vest­ment to Bed­ford Mac­Don­ald House will al­low 24/7 ac­ces­si­bil­ity to pro­grams and sup­ports for men in need of shelter in Char­lot­te­town.

The prov­ince, through the De­part­ment of So­cial De­vel­op­ment and Hous­ing, will pro­vide the Sal­va­tion Army with $355,500 an­nu­ally to help op­er­ate Bed­ford Mac­Don­ald House.

The Sal­va­tion Army has op­er­ated Bed­ford Mac­Don­ald House for seven years pro­vid­ing shelter, sup­port and com­pas­sion to men ex­pe­ri­enc­ing home­less­ness in Char­lot­te­town.

This new fund­ing will al­low the shelter to con­tinue to pro­vide its cur­rent ser­vices and of­fer sup­port to help men suc­cess­fully tran­si­tion away from home­less­ness through coach­ing, so­cial in­ter­ac­tion, di­rec­tion to prac­ti­cal re­sources, life­style skill de­vel­op­ment and con­nec­tion to com­mu­nity re­sources.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the fund­ing will al­low for new pro­grams fo­cussed on health, grooming, so­cial and spir­i­tual care.

This will in­clude hy­giene kits, recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties and more.

The max­i­mum length of stay will in­crease from seven days in a 30-day pe­riod to 21 days.

Through this fund­ing agree­ment, the Sal­va­tion Army will also man­age the tem­po­rary shelter phone line es­tab­lished last De­cem­ber and con­nect call­ers with the re­sources they re­quire.

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