Aug. 25, 2008
PETIT-ROCHER (CNB) - The renovation and expansion of the Youth Evolution Centre Inc. in Petit-Rocher through a $300,000 contribution was announced today by the Province of New Brunswick and the Government of Canada.
"We are pleased to join our partners in this project to provide better services to our children," said Mary Schryer, minister of social development. "This project will help meet the needs of the children who have to be sent out of the region to get services in time of crisis."
She was joined by Veterans Affairs Minister Greg Thompson, attending on behalf of Monte Solbert, minister of human resources and social development.
"The Government of Canada is proud to work with Youth Evolution Centre to make a real difference in the vulnerable lives of youth," said Thompson. "The creation of these units will provide youth with access to safe housing and the support they need to help them to start a new page in their lives."
Formerly known as the Foyer des Rameurs du Nord, the Youth Evolution Centre is a non-profit organization to re-educate and re-integrate youth 12 to 18 years of age into the community. The centre is providing services in co-operation with the Departments of Social Development and Public Safety.
The project includes the addition of a crisis housing unit, one housing unit for youth and rooms for recreational activities, therapy and consultation.
The $300,000 comes from the Shelter Enhancement Program, a federal and provincial cost-shared program, to offset construction costs. The centre also received $24,500 to help cover costs associated with architectural and engineering services.
The Shelter Enhancement Program assists in repairing, rehabilitating and improving existing shelters for women and their children, as well as youth and men, who are victims of family violence.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Robert Duguay, communications, Social Development, 506-444-3684; Joel MacDougall, communications and marketing consultant, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., 902-426-8320.