Souls Harbour rescue mission has opened their brand new facility on Angus Street.
The new building will provide meals for hundred’s of people per day, double the previous men’s emergency shelter, and also includes 17 affordable housing suites. It will also be home to a new day care.
Regina-Wascana Member of Parliament Ralph Goodale said Souls Harbour’s work will be able to improve with this new facility.
“Souls harbour and rescue mission, now combined, have done just an incredible job in this community for a long, long time, helping people who are having difficulty in life, people on the margins, people who are left behind.”
Executive Director of Souls Harbour Joe Miller said the support for this project came from all over the province.
“We were able to do this without taking away from our operational dollars,” Miller said. “Sometimes that’s a concern if you have somebody who’s supporting you operationally , and now you’re asking for a capital campaign donation, you’re concerned that what you get to run the business day-to-day is going to go over here (to pay for the facility), that wasn’t the case.”
Mayor Michael Fougere said this is a great project for Regina.
“These are people who are at risk, and could easily be homeless, those who are most vulnerable, and we need to take care of them,” Fougere said. “This new building is another way to have 17 units that will take care of those who are most in need, most vulnerable and we’re pleased as the City of Regina to make a contribution along with the Rotary Club, the federal government, and the province as well.”
Environmental sustainability was also a big factor with the construction of this building, as 21 inch thick walls are in place in some areas to save on energy costs.