FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2020
Picton - Ontario is helping community agencies repair and renovate their buildings so they can continue providing services to children and families.
Today, Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte and Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, joined by Jill Dunlop, Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues, announced Ontario is investing over $260,000 for repairs and upgrades at local agencies.
This includes an investment of over $227,000 in Alternatives for Women’s Vi’s House project, which will create Prince Edward County’s first women’s emergency shelter space, and house office and living spaces to better meet client needs. The investment will support the replacement of all doors and windows, plumbing and flooring upgrades and a new security system.
“For over 30 years, Alternatives for Women has been providing support for women and families in Prince Edward County who have experienced abuse,” said Minister Smith. “Today’s investment helps them deliver on a vision to enhance those services through the creation of the County’s first emergency shelter bed and much-needed expanded safe spaces for counselling and transitional supports.”
Alternatives for Women Executive Director Leah Morgan welcomed the announcement.
“The funding received by MCCSS is essential in the completion of Vi’s House. As we head into the final phase of construction, this funding will ensure that all areas of the building are functional, safe and secure,” said Morgan. “We are now able to customize the space to meet the needs of clients and staff, and ensure that all required safety measures are implemented. Improved functionality and security will allow us to expand our programming, share counselling space with our community partners, and provide peace of mind to the high-risk women we serve.”
Minister Dunlop added that capital funding provided through the $11.5-million Partner Facility Renewal Program allows ministry-funded agencies to concentrate on their services and less on raising funds.
“These repairs and improvements are crucial to ensuring safe conditions for dedicated frontline staff and our friends and neighbors that they serve, said Minister Dunlop. “I am proud that we are investing in our local communities to help our partners – including women’s shelters – maintain and upgrade their buildings so they can continue to focus on helping children and families who rely on their services.”
Minister Smith added, “Repairs that make sure buildings are safe and sound for years to come means community agencies can focus on giving people the support they need. Our government continues to support important services people rely on.”
These investments help agencies maintain building capacity, while providing better services for people with developmental disabilities, women and children experiencing domestic violence, Indigenous people and children with mental health needs. Helping community partners maintain and upgrade their buildings is part of the government’s plan to build healthier and safer communities.
- Alternatives for Women in Price Edward County offers services and supports for women over age 16, who have experienced domestic violence.
- Over $260,000 investment will be distributed between three local agencies: Alternatives for Women, Community Living Belleville, and Kerry’s Place in Thomasburg.
- Ontario’s emergency women’s shelters serve more than 17,000 women and children yearly.
- There are more than 70,000 adults with a developmental disability in Ontario and about 18,000 receive residential supports in communities across the province.
- In 2017-18, almost 109,000 families across Ontario were served by 49 children’s aid societies, including 11 Indigenous societies and three faith-based societies.