The group behind Red Deer’s proposed addictions treatment centre is awaiting charity status.
Red Deer Dream Centre co-chair Wes Giesbrecht said the paperwork is in the government’s hands, and hopefully within about a month, charity status will be granted.
“We can’t do anything until we have that charity status active. There’s a lot of things we want to do, but we have to make sure everything is in place,” Giesbrecht said Monday.
He said the $2-million project to renovate the former Lotus nightclub building at 4614 50th Ave. will hopefully begin in June. The goal is to start accepting clients by the end of 2021.
The 48-bed, Christian-based, live-in addiction treatment facility will run seven-week programs for men struggling with drug or alcohol addiction.
A 200-person assembly hall is also part of the project.
He said the centre has applied to take over the Loaves and Fishes charity and will change the name to Red Deer Dream Centre.
On Saturday, the province announced $4.3 million to fund 76 beds for three years at private treatment centres that run abstinence programs in Calgary and Lloydminster.
Giesbrecht said since that funding was aimed at existing programs, and the Dream Centre is a new development, funding was not anticipated.
But there are plans to apply for provincial funding.
He said the Dream Centre is also looking at focusing on providing an abstinence-based program.
“There’s room for those other types of treatment, but the preferred method would be abstinence based. I think that’s what we’re leaning towards.”
Giesbrecht has previously said that services will be free to those who cannot afford treatment. Others will be asked to pay.