Red Deer’s Magdalene House wants to help more women leave the sex trade

Fundraiser will be held Feb. 22

David Bouchard

A fundraiser to help reopen Magdalene House, a local recovery home for sex-trade workers, will be held on Feb. 22 in Red Deer.

A wine and cheese reception will be held at the Welikoklad Event Centre on the Annual Day of Awareness of Human Trafficking — along with a screening of the film Tricked. The documentary features interviews with victims of human trafficking, law-enforcement officers, as well as players from the other side of the equation: the pimps and johns that have taken advantage of young women.

The reception begins at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m. there will be an address from Mayor Tara Veer and the honorable Stephanie McLean, Minister of the Status of Women.

The informative evening, which will include a silent auction, will raise money to reopen the local Magdalene House. It was temporarily shut down in Red Deer last fall due to a lack of funding.

Staff at the non-profit have worked since April 2015 to help get sex-trade workers off the street. A total of 11 women were taken in. David Bouchard, president of the organization’s board, stated that three of the women stayed from six to 12 months and got their lives on a better track as Magdalene House staff drove them to counselling, addictions services and other programs.

“We would like to be able to help more women,” said Bouchard. But the group ran out of privately donated money and was forced to close until new operational funding can be obtained from the government or United Way.

An annual budget of $275,000 is needed to shelter and help four women at a time at the staffed facility. Bouchard hopes the funds raised on Feb. 22 can help restart the recovery home this spring.

Tickets for the 6 p.m. event are $40 from the Black Knight Ticket Centre.

Just Posted

Accused murderer tells all to Mr. Big undercover officer

Joshua Frank tells undercover police officer he shot the Klaus family

Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre prepares to open

Non-profit will run the facility and agencies will provide staff

A slow economic recovery isn’t yet loosening Central Alberta’s tight job market

Job-seekers at Red Deer fair say there are still few openings

Rocky Mountain House man arrested for child luring

A 30-year-old Rocky Mountain House man was arrested after allegedly having explicit… Continue reading

Parkinson association will close offices but maintain services

Offices closing in Red Deer, Medicine Hat and Lethbridge

WATCH: Central Middle School students’ Christmas tree

A group of Central Middle School students are set to show off… Continue reading

Red Deerian honours her brother who died in a motorcycle collision

Houaida Haddad is encouraging Red Deer residents to donate blood

Red Deer County firefighters to be recognized for Waterton help

RCMP brass will give formal recognition Monday

Ron James tries to lighten humanity’s load through humour

The comedian returns to Red Deer for shows Dec. 1 and 2

100+ Women Red Deer donate to Christmas Bureau

About $14,000 will help with Christmas hampers and toys

Semi collides with vehicle on Highway 2 north of Ponoka

Members of the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit dealt with a call on Highway 2 north of Ponoka

After 70 years, Red Deer veteran still remembers his traumatic war experience

Frank Krepps feels lucky to have survived the Second World War

Merritt Mountie charged with assault

Charges are in relation to an incident in May at the detachment, B.C. Prosecution Service said

Blackfalds RCMP arrest “armed and dangerous” man

A 38-year-old man, who police identified as armed and dangerous, was arrested… Continue reading

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month