By Brian Schultz
Macdonald Youth Services has launched a campaign to raise $2.2 million to expand and upgrade the Youth Resource Centre and Emergency Shelter (YRC).
The shelter has plans to relocate next door to a heritage home at 159 Mayfair Avenue to continue offering homeless youth between 12-17 years of age a warm bed, clothes to wear and food to eat 24/7.
“There are significant renovations that need to happen for us to provide the necessary services to youth who are homeless or at risk of homelessness,” said CEO Dr. Erma Chapman.
The city and federal government have already committed funding towards the private fundraising goal, in which 76% has already been raised. The shelter still needs to pull in an additional $250,000.
The funding will be used to purchase safe and sturdy furnishings for the eight bedrooms, complete the basement, repair windows and the verandah, and carry out the landscaping to include exterior lighting.
To make a donation, visit MYS.ca.