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YAIL Harbor cuts ribbon on newest home in Yorkton

YAIL Harbor is a community-based organization that has been providing person-centred supports to people with intellectual disabilities since 1973.
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Yorkton MLA Greg Ottenbreit is given a tour of the home by YAIL Harbor Executive Director Sonya Reviczky.

YORKTON - A new YAIL Harbor group home was officially opened with a ribbon cutting Thursday.

YAIL Harbor is a community-based organization that has been providing person-centred supports to people with intellectual disabilities since 1973. The Ministry of Social Services provides more than $433,000 in annual operational funding for the home.

Yorkton MLA Greg Ottenbreit on behalf of Social Services Minister Gene Makowsky said the new home provides a high quality of life for its residents which is so important.

"It's because of our community partners like YAIL Harbor that Saskatchewan is closer to becoming a more accessible place where everyone has the supports they need to reach their full potential," Ottenbreit said in a written presentation.

Yorkton Mayor Mitch Hippsley said having housing for varied needs is “what builds a community.”

"YAIL Harbor Inc.'s commitment to community inclusion and quality care of the participants we help support makes the organization's vision a reality," YAIL Harbor Executive Director Sonya Reviczky said. "I would like to say a huge thank you to the Ministry of Social Services and Community Living Service Delivery for making this possible." 

The house was purchased and remodeled by Sask Housing which then leases the home to YAIL Harbor.

The total initial investment was $800,000.

The new home houses three residents cared for by a staff of nine full-time and three relief staff.

YAIL Harbor now operates five group homes with 24 residents in Yorkton in addition to a supported living program helping 48 clients, a day program with 34 enrolled and a small literacy program, with 84 staff.

This new group home supports the Saskatchewan Disability Strategy by creating more residential services for people with intellectual disabilities, noted a government release.

For information on how to access supports for intellectual disabilities, please contact the Community Living Service Delivery office nearest you or email [email protected]. CLSD supports people with intellectual disabilities by helping them access a variety of community-based services so they can live as independently as possible within their own communities.