New group home underway

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February 23, 2016 11:03 AM

Lloydminster turned the sod on a new project last Friday, which will benefit some of the city’s residents living with intellectual disabilities.
The four-plex group home on the Saskatchewan side of 47 St. will be run by the Bea Fisher Centre and provide lodgings for four individuals as well as having two separate supported living suites. 
“It’s very important for Lloydminster; the Bea Fisher Centre and Foundation has been around for many years,” said Colleen Young, Saskatchewan MLA for Lloydminster, who was on hand for the sod turning.
“Their board does a great job of advocating for the need for them to live independently and have an environment that supports the programs and services that they provide for them.”
The project cost was $1.17 million with the Saskatchewan government kicking in $250,000 and a mortgage of up to $900,000.
The Bea Fisher Centre currently runs three group homes on the Saskatchewan and paid $250,000 toward the new group home, including $95,000 for the cost of the land.
Young said projects like these are important so people living with intellectual disabilities can own their own homes and feel like their part of the community.
“It’s great to see this and the government is constantly trying to improve the lives of those kinds of people experiencing different disabilities and it’s good to see that Lloydminster is getting in on that,” she said.
The Bea Fisher centre has been helping people with intellectual disabilities since 1972 and give programming and supported independent living to roughly 72 people in the Lloydminster area.
“I understand this new group home that’s being developed is very unique and somewhat different than ones that have been built before in the past,” said Young
“It’s going to do a better job of allowing both the individuals to live independently as well as the staff to do their job very well.”

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