The Capella Centre in St. Paul will be unveiling its newest additions in a few weeks. The Lakeland women’s shelter was recently given just over a million dollars in provincial and federal funds to help with some renovations as well as additions. Construction included new transitional housing units for women who are seeking help. The transitional housing will allow women to stay for up to two years before returning to their homes. Capella Centre Executive Officer Noreen Cotton explains that the new homes are a logical step in the healing process.
“It’s not realistic to think that a family who has suffered years of trauma and crisis could leave their community, go into an emergency shelter for three or four weeks and be able to sustain and depend on a different community in a different home.”
The centre also renovated entrance and family visiting area. The new look will be showcased in an official unveiling on March 8th. Cotton says the date also marks a special anniversary for the St. Paul and District Crisis Association.
“Our grand opening is happening on Friday. March 8th. It’s International Women’s Day. It also happens to be the 35th anniversary of our association.”
A special ribbon cutting ceremony will start at 11 am. Tours of the facility will be offered as well. More on the Capella Centre can be learned by visiting its official website.