Swift Current, Saskatchewan, April 9, 2018: Last week local REALTORS® had the opportunity to experience first-hand the vision Southwest Youth Emergency Shelter (SwYES) has for a youth shelter in Swift Current. In 2017 a $5,000 grant from the Association of Saskatchewan REALTORS® (ASR) Quality of Life Legacy Fund went to help fund the pilot project, Dorie’s House – a safe, secure shelter for homeless youth or those at-risk of being homeless. On April 5, SwYES president Shaun Hanna provided a tour of Dorie’s House to local REALTORS® and ASR Staff.
The concept of Dorie’s house began in 2013 to address youth homelessness in the area, and once the community got wind of the project, trades people started donating time and materials. Within a week things had snowballed essentially moving a 5-10 year project to completion in 4 months.
While Dorie’s House has closed its doors for the time-being, SwYES continues to work towards a permanent solution. “The pilot project indicated that there was a need,” says Hanna. “And having this shelter in Swift Current keeps the kids in their support network – they’re not shipped to a hotel in Regina or Saskatoon.”
Adds Bill Madder, CEO of the ASR, “It’s disappointing to see the doors closed on this facility, but we’re proud to be part of the community working together for what we hope is a positive future for Dorie’s House. It’s clear that the community sees the value in the programs offered here, and that a need exists.”
The Quality of Life Legacy initiative awards grants to six community organizations from different regions of the province on an annual basis. The Legacy Grant Program accepts applications in January each year. Any charitable organization in Saskatchewan supporting the Quality of Life’s principles is encouraged to apply. More information can be found at saskatchewanrealestate.com.