In recognition of A Safe Place program

Mr. Silver:   I rise on behalf of the Yukon Liberal Party to also acknowledge A Safe Place.

Since last December, A Safe Place, a program run in conjunction with the Yukon Status of Women Council, Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre and the Second Opinion Society, has been helping women and children with a warm meal and a roof over their heads. What had started as a pilot project had quickly grown into a necessity for the communities. A Safe Place provides a drop-in program, after-hours and on weekends where other services are not available, and it is targeted toward women who lack stable housing, have mental health issues, or are just having a hard time providing enough food for their children and for themselves.

The program comes as a response to the Repairing the Holes in the Net, a research initiative undertaken by the Yukon Status of Women Council, which identified the need for this program. The program runs for a reasonable cost of $6,000 a month and provides support for eight to 10 women a night.

In a perfect world, Mr. Speaker, we would not need A Safe Place, but unfortunately we do not live in a perfect world and I hope that the Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre is able to get the funding it needs to continue to support of some of the community’s most vulnerable. Members of the community can help the cause by donating to their crowd funding page