Waypoints has officially broken ground on a new building for its women’s shelter.
The Unity House has been providing programs and accommodations for women and children fleeing domestic violence for over 30 years.
$10.6 million was raised over the course of eight years to fund the new building, with $2.5 million coming from the municipality to help fund the expansion.
Unity House shelter manager Tracey Lamb says the new shelter will have 45 dormitory-style rooms for families.
“So the individual rooms themselves will be just way more beneficial to the clients for healing, for taking time out and having alone time and space.”
That’s an increase from the current building, which has 9 rooms consisting of 36 beds.
Waypoints executive director Michele Taylor says this will decrease the need for families being turned away.
She notes the new building will also be home to the region’s first sexual assault and abuse healing centre, called CedarSage Centre.
“So we are super excited about that because we haven’t had a properly fully functioning sexual assault and healing centre in our region, so this will be a first.”
Unity House’s new location is next to the affordable housing building known as the Compass – across from Stoney Creek in the Timberlea Area.
Listen below to hear the entire interview with Taylor and Lamb discussing the new shelter.