The Crossroads Resource Centre in Fairview has received just over $22,000 in funding to upgrade and renovate the women’s emergency shelter. The money will help re-build the perimeter fence, along with other safety and security issues, but will also be used to upgrade some child-friendly infrastructure, like playground equipment.
Crossroads Executive Director Wendy Biegel says the mental and physical well being of all those who come through their doors is of the highest importance.
“We want to normalize for them when they come here and feel that they can have a normal life and be supported in those activities.”
Biegel adds one of the biggest investments will be going towards significantly upgrading the perimeter fence which shelters the area from potential onlookers.
“So instead of a 7 or 8-foot fence, it’s a 12-foot fence for privacy for our children and women in the shelter,” Biegel says.
The money was part of a $2.6 million funding initiative from the federal and provincial governments.