Tim Dearborn and Sherrie Hillman keep the burgers coming as Safe Harbour Society celebrated its 10th anniversary on Tuesday with a barbecue in their parking lot in Red Deer. (Photo by Jeff Stokoe/Advocate staff)

Improved security for Safe Harbour facilities

Safe Harbour celebrates 10 years

People’s Place overnight shelter and the daytime winter Warming Centre have new security cameras thanks to $36,151 from Alberta’s Ministry of Community and Social Services.

The province recently announced $1.2 million for 17 homeless shelters to complete capital maintenance and upgrades.

Kath Hoffman, executive director of Central Alberta’s Safe Harbour Society for Health and Housing, said funding paid for more cameras inside and outside.

A new system has already been installed at People’s Place and the old system from People’s Place was upgraded and installed at the Warming Centre.

She said this past winter fewer people were using People’s Place shelter, but Warming Centre saw an average of 70 people throughout the day.

“It certainly served its purpose for a lot of people who needed to come in and warm up. They’re in and out. I know that there were some rough campers who came in during the day to be with people and just watch TV. That was good too,” Hoffman said on Tuesday.

It was an opportunity to connect with people staff don’t usually meet and start to build relationships, she said.

According to the province, more than 5,000 Albertans do not have a permanent place to call home and of those nearly half turn to emergency shelters for a safe place to spend the night.

On Tuesday Central Alberta’s Safe Harbour Society for Health and Housing celebrated its 10-year anniversary with a lunch time barbecue. Safe Harbour Society, Central Alberta Housing Society, and the Residential Society of Red Deer opened under one roof as a single agency in 2007 to assist the homeless and people with addictions.

Hoffman said people leaving Alberta during the economic slowdown could have played a role in the reduced shelter use.

The stress of job loss can also lead people into an addiction cycle as they look for ways to relieve that stress. That is likely one reason why addiction is an increasing issue for society so supports and services have to be in place when people ask for help and during recovery, she said.

Alberta Health Services is providing $400,000 in annual funding to convert Safe Harbour’s 20-bed social detox into a medical detox.

She said the medical detox should be in place in the fall with a registered nurse on every shift and doctors also coming in to help people with multiple health issues.

“Having in-house medical supports is like having a dream come true,” Hoffman said.

szielinski@reddeeradvocate.com

Safe Harbour Society

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

"We are looking seriously at the spread and determining what our next steps should be," says Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, as the daily number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb.
427 new COVID cases is highest in Alberta ever

Central zone has 126 active cases of COVID-19

Keaton Wildeboer, of Lacombe, participates in the Westerner Championship Dairy Showcase at Westerner Park on Thursday. More than 150 cattle will be on display at the event, which continues until Saturday, carrying on a tradition started in 1954. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)
Western Canada’s first dairy showcase since last fall begins in Red Deer

Western Canada’s first dairy showcase since last fall is currently being held… Continue reading

Car thief opening stolen car doors. 
(Black Press File Image)
Idling vehicles attracting thieves, RCMP warns

About one-third of stolen vehicles left idling unattended

Police reveal a collection of drugs, cash and guns seized in an April 2016 bust. One of the men charged was sentenced to 27 months in prison on Thursday.
Advocate file photo
Red Deer man sentenced to 27 months for role in “dial-a-dope” operation

RCMP Priority Crimes Task Force broke up drug operation in April 2016 after four-month investigation

Red Deer RCMP say a 30-year-old man faces sexual charges against a teen. (File photo by Advocate staff)
RCMP’s downtown traffic stops lead to charges

Two traffic stops conducted by Red Deer RCMP officers on bike patrol… Continue reading

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney arrives for an announcement at a news conference in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020.	Kenney is isolating at home after one of his ministers tested positive for COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol
Alberta premier isolating after minister tests positive for COVID-19

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is isolating at home

FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, file photo, signage is pictured at a Walmart store in Oklahoma City. On Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, Walmart filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government in a pre-emptive strike in the battle over its responsibility in the opioid abuse crisis. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
Walmart sues US in pre-emptive strike in opioid abuse battle

Walmart sues US in pre-emptive strike in opioid abuse battle

FILE- In this Feb. 19, 2019, file photo, children line up to enter a tent at the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children in Homestead, Fla. Despite efforts by the Trump administration to improve communication to track children who are separated from their families at the border, the process is still vulnerable to error and information sharing between agencies is inconsistent, raising questions on the accuracy of current data, a watchdog reported Thursday. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
Judge urges US to help find parents deported without kids

Judge urges US to help find parents deported without kids

Police officers detain a protester at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos, Nigeria, Wednesday Oct. 21, 2020. After 13 days of protests against alleged police brutality, authorities have imposed a 24-hour curfew in Lagos, Nigeria's largest city, as moves are made to stop growing violence.( AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Nigerian president leaves protest shootings out of speech

Nigerian president leaves protest shootings out of speech

FILE - Audrey Strauss, acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, points to a photo of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell during a news conference, July 2, 2020, in New York. Transcripts of interviews lawyers conducted with Maxwell, the ex-girlfriend of the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, should be released as soon as possible, a judge ordered on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska said the transcripts of two days of depositions in 2016 of the British socialite and related documents along with the deposition transcript of an anonymous accuser should be released publicly as soon as is practicable. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
Epstein ex Maxwell denied getting Prince Andrew sex partners

Epstein ex Maxwell denied getting Prince Andrew sex partners

Kevin Drew, right, and Pearl Wenjack give a tribute to the late Gord Downie at the Juno Awards in Vancouver, Sunday, March, 25, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Gord Downie’s brother Patrick on the ‘peace’ he hears on new album ‘Away is Mine’

Gord Downie’s brother Patrick on the ‘peace’ he hears on new album ‘Away is Mine’

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Marco Mendicino listens to speakers during a news conference in Ottawa on October 2, 2020. A much heralded program that would give permanent residency to some asylum seekers working on the front-lines of the COVID-19 pandemic has yet to accept a single application. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Promised path to residency for “Guardian Angel” asylum seekers yet to open

Promised path to residency for “Guardian Angel” asylum seekers yet to open

Rogers Communications CEO Joe Natale speaks to shareholders during the Rogers annual general meeting in Toronto on Friday, April 20, 2018.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Rogers says its progress in Q3 shows it’s on right track in tough environment

Rogers says its progress in Q3 shows it’s on right track in tough environment

A man watches the financial numbers on the digital ticker tape at the TMX Group in Toronto's financial district on Friday, May 9, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
S&P/TSX composite inches higher on strength of energy and telecommunications sectors

S&P/TSX composite inches higher on strength of energy and telecommunications sectors

Most Read