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Yorkton Kinsmen Club donates $50,000 to emergency shelter

Donation will go towards the development of a new low barrier emergency shelter.

YORKTON – The Yorkton Kinsmen presented members of Prairie Harvest Community Centre with a cheque for $50,000 on Monday night at the Kinsmen Blue Room.

The donation will go towards the development of a new low barrier emergency shelter that will soon be opening in Yorkton.

"[We're] very surprised and happy that [the Kinsmen are] willing to come alongside and partner with us," said Stephan Bymak of the Prairie Harvest Employment Program.

Currently, Prairie Harvest is covering the construction costs to renovate the accommodation installing sleeping quarters and washrooms, said Bymak, adding those were initially estimated to be $60,000, but have climbed to $80-90,000.

Bymak said he presented to the Kinsmen several weeks ago.

"We thought it was a good thing and we're here to help the community's greatest needs and we figure this is one of them," said Blair German, President of the Yorkton Kinsmen Club.

The shelter area will have 10 to 15 beds, and will be open to anyone needing a place to sleep safely on a temporary basis, and provided they are not a risk, for example are violent.

The plan is to collaborate with many agencies such as SIGN, Mental Health and Addiction Services, the City of Yorkton and others working together to help meet the needs of individuals facing homelessness in our community, he said.