Released on February 18, 2016
Residents of the Lloydminster area will soon benefit from an innovative group home for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Operated by The Bea Fisher Centre and located at 4820-47 Street, the four-plex will provide group living supports for four individuals and will have two individual supported living suites.
Lloydminster MLA Colleen Young, on behalf of Social Services Minister and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation Donna Harpauer, joined dignitaries, residents and community members to break ground at the future site of the group home.
“Our Government is improving the lives for people experiencing disabilities. Investing in this new group home is one way that we will achieve that,” Young said. “Community-based organizations across Saskatchewan do incredible work supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities. This new group home will allow The Bea Fisher Centre to strengthen their programs, expand their services, and continue to support individuals with emerging needs well into the future.”
The total cost of this project is $1.17 million with the Government providing $250,000 plus a mortgage of up to $900,000. The Bea Fisher Centre has contributed $250,000, including $95,000 for the value of the land. The design of the group home is unique to Saskatchewan. It allows participants to live independently in their own home and provides a supported environment that enriches their lives and meets their individual needs.
“The Bea Fisher Centre is very grateful to the Ministry of Social Services for their financial contribution to this project,” Bea Fisher Centre CEO George Zaychkowsky said. “Families have been looking forward to this initiative for some time and it is nice that we can tell them that services will begin in the fall or early winter of 2016.”
The Bea Fisher Centre has supported individuals with intellectual disabilities since 1972. They currently operate three group homes, and provide residential and day programming and supported independent living for approximately 72 individuals in the Lloydminster area.
For more information about The Bea Fisher Centre, please visit www.beafisher.com.
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