The newly renovated, $6 million, two-storey building, located at 9824 99 Avenue, also provides both on site and off site support services, including addiction and anger management programs, as well as a drop in meal centre 6 days a week for people in need.
“The opening of The Salvation Army’s Northern Centre of Hope helps people in our growing city by increasing access to the housing and support services they need in Fort St. John,” MLA for Peace River North, Pat Pimm said. “These beds represent a key step in breaking the cycle of homelessness for people to rebuild their lives.”
There’s also a chapel, fully functioning kitchen, on site laundry, and bathroom facilities equipped with a shower for those looking for some extra support.
“We’re pleased to expand our range of support services offered in the North Peace region for those at-risk,”” Salvation Army Divisional Commander, Lt. Colonel Larry R. Martin said. “This opening represents another step forward in our fight to end poverty and to provide hope to our neighbours in crisis. Thank you to all our partners for making The Salvation Army Northern Centre of Hope a reality.”
Public figures that were on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony includes Mayor Lori Ackerman, MP for Prince George – Peace River, Bob Zimmer, MLA for Peace River North, Pat Pimm, and Divisional Commander of the Salvation Army, Lt. Colonel Larry Martin.
The Salvation Army is an international Christian non-profit organization dedicated to providing social services and assistance to those that are marginalized and overlooked in over 400 communities across Canada and more than 120 countries across the globe.