A grand opening celebration was held Friday morning for a new group home in Estevan.
The group home, operated by Estevan Diversified Services, will support three former residents from Valley View Centre in Moose Jaw, and one person with emerging needs from the community.
“Our government is happy to welcome four people to their new home today,” said Estevan MLA and Government Relations Minister Lori Carr, speaking on behalf of Social Service Minister Paul Merriman. “I’d like to thank Estevan Diversified Services for the valuable work they do in supporting people with intellectual disabilities in our community.”
The group home is located in the 1300 block of First Street.
Estevan Diversified Services has been supporting people since 1990. The government provides Estevan Diversified Services with more than $3 million annually to help support people with intellectual disabilities.
The agency operates four group homes, a group living home, a supported independent living program and a day program.
“This new group home means so much to our agency and to the people we serve, as it allows us to widen our services and better support individuals who have higher physical needs,” said Trisha Salmers, the acting executive director for Estevan Diversified Services.
“This is not something we were able to do under our current residential services. As always, we are very thankful for the support we receive from the ministry, as well as our community.”
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