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Waypoints Celebrates Grand Opening of New Unity House

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7

After years of work, Waypoints is finally celebrating the grand opening of their Unity House in Stone Creek.

The social-profit expects to get the keys to the new building in a couple weeks and are hoping to open their doors in January, but decided to celebrate the occasion on Friday.

Executive Director Michele Taylor tells Mix News this shelter will be tops in all of Alberta.

“This is the largest shelter and the newest shelter and possibly the most innovative shelter in the province, so we’re very proud.”

The centre will have 45 dormitory-style rooms for families, up from 9 rooms which has 36 beds at their current location in downtown.

The new building will also be home to the region’s first sexual assault and abuse healing centre, called CedarSage Centre.

In total, the project cost $10.6 million – $2.5 million coming from the municipality.

“So, 25 per cent of the cost of this project was given to us by our municipality, I don’t think that’s happened anywhere else in the province,” said a very emotional Taylor.

Mayor Don Scott, who was given the honour of cutting the ribbon, says they understood the need for this type of service.

“People in our community are struggling with domestic violence, right after the fire the numbers doubled – just from that you can tell there’s a high need for it and this facility is really going to help people.”

The current Unity House in downtown will be turned into a Child and Youth Advocacy Centre.

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