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Saturday, December 4, 2021

The Salvation Army is seeking a new handler for Charlottetown’s outreach centre

The Salvation Army has said the rural government wants to lead the Community Outreach station in Charlottetown.

The station gives help and support to people experiencing homelessness. 

“The Community Outreach Centre is an excellent program. It’s doing such excellent work, but is a huge amount of work,” Salvation Army Lt. Kyron Newbury stated.

“So we want to concentrate on the other parts of our homelessness services and make assured we are doing them properly, and so the discussion was around getting another companion to take over,” he told.

The Salvation Army operates men’s shelter Bedford MacDonald House and a transitional home network in Charlottetown. 

The outreach centre is a rural facility in the previous curling club on Euston Street. The Salvation Army has operated it since January 2020 alongside a functioning group of community groups that offer assistance there.  

The region has reached out to that group, seeing for another party to take the role.

The agreement to manage and staff the outreach station is worth about $400,000. 

“We have two teams within the existing functioning group members who have shown that they will be submitting a bid,” stated Shelly Cole, supportive housing director with the Department of Social Development and Housing, in an authoritative committee this week. 

“We’ll be running closely with them over the following few weeks to begin those projects forward.”  

P.E.I. Council for People with Disabilities manager director Marcia Carroll states her group isn’t attending to handle the outreach centre but is available to assist whatever group takes charge.

“The outreach centre has concentrated on the most helpless in our society, and they’re doing an unbelievable job of giving people a secure place to go to, some introductory counselling and to try and influence people along into a place where they are well.” 

Several complaints from the community

The Division of Social Development stated that the recent change and controversy circling the centre have been stressful for the team and customers.

“An initial couple of months we were there, things were much rocky with the centre and with the neighbourhood,” Cole stated. 

 “I live in the community as well, and I can say to you that things have cooled down significantly in the duration of the feedback and the number of complaints that are getting to the outreach centre. 

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