$300,000 to the Youth Evolution Center Inc. of Petit-Rocher

    PETIT-ROCHER, NB, Aug. 25 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada and the
Province of New Brunswick officially announced a contribution of $300,000 for
the renovation and expansion of the Youth Evolution Center Inc. in Petit
    The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs on behalf of
the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social
Development along with the Honourable Mary Schryer, New Brunswick Minister of
Social Development, made the announcement today.
    "The Government of Canada is proud to work with Youth Evolution Center
Inc. to make a real difference in the vulnerable lives of youth," said
Minister Thompson. "The creation of these units will provide youth with access
to safe housing and the support they need to help them to start a new page in
their lives."
    "We are pleased to join our partners in this project to provide better
services to our children," Schryer said. "This project will contribute to
better meet the needs of the children who currently have to be sent out of the
region to get services in time of crisis."
    Formerly known as the Foyer des Rameurs du Nord, the Youth Evolution
Center Inc. is a non-profit organization with the mandate of re-educating and
re-integrating youth between the ages of 12-18 into the community. They are
providing services in cooperation with the Provincial Department of Social
Development and the Department of Public Safety.
    The renovation and expansion project includes the addition of a crisis
housing unit, one housing unit for 8-12 youth, as well as rooms for
recreational activities, therapy and consultation.
    The $300,000 of funding comes from the Shelter Enhancement Program, a
federal and provincial cost shared program, to offset the construction costs.
The Center also received $24,500 as pre-development funds to help cover costs
associated with architectural and engineering services.
    The Shelter Enhancement Program assists in repairing, rehabilitating and
improving existing shelters for women and their children, as well as youth and
men, who are victims of family violence.

For further information:

For further information: Robert Duguay, Communications, Social
Development, (506) 444-3684; Joel MacDougall, communications and marketing
consultant, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, (902) 426-8320

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