Supportive centre for women opens in North Vancouver

"This supportive-recovery centre for women provides a safe, accommodating environment while also reducing risks associated with addiction and substance abuse issues," says Yamamoto.

 New Women's Shelter in North Van. Photo by Province of BC
New Women's Shelter in North Van. Photo by Province of BC

A new supportive-recovery centre for women, the first of its kind on the North Shore, officially opened its doors today with support from the governments of Canada and British Columbia, along with community partners, according to a press release.

"Living in safe surroundings with excellent support services is an important step to recovery from addiction,” said Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Finance and MP for North Vancouver Andrew Saxton in the release. “Here in North Vancouver, women who have chosen to live a healthier lifestyle will be able to find temporary housing that is set up to be a home away from home. Our government is proud to be part of this life-changing project."

The nine-bed residential home features an open-concept living area on the main floor, with an accessible bedroom and caretakers unit. Established on evidence-based best and emerging practices, recovery programs are between three to five months in duration. Turning Point Recovery Society will manage and operate this development and provide residents with abstinence-based recovery plans with individual fitness and dietary components.

"It was less than one year ago that we stood here for the groundbreaking of this new facility,” said Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business, MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale Naomi Yamamoto. “Thanks to the vision of the Turning Point Recovery Society, and the efforts of all levels of government, the doors are now open. This supportive-recovery centre for women provides a safe, accommodating environment while also reducing risks associated with addiction and substance abuse issues.

Here are some facts:

* The building is located at 2670 Lloyd Ave., North Vancouver.

* The governments of Canada and B.C. provided a combined investment of $500,000 through the Federal-Provincial Housing Initiative under the Canada-B.C. Agreement for Investment in Affordable Housing 2011-2014 that was recently extended until 2019

* The Government of B.C. arranged long-term financing of $409,394.

* The District of North Vancouver provided approximately $26,000 in municipal reductions and the land valued at $915,000.

* Vancouver Coastal Health provided $40,000 in funding for the clinical operations on-site.

* Turning Point Recovery Society contributed $105,000.

"Our residents come from all walks of life and are bound together by a shared commitment to participate in a program of personal recovery, and the desire to live a fulfilled life free from addiction,” said executive director of Turning Point Recovery Society Brenda Plant. “This new program provides women from the North Shore an opportunity to recover in their own community with the support of their families and friends around them. We are grateful for the tremendous outpouring of support from the community and for the contributions of our government and funding partners in helping us to make recovery a reality for the women we are helping here on North Shore."

 

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