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YWCA Regina’s new building nears completion

YWCA Regina’s new building nears completion
YWCA Regina’s new building nears completion

Construction is nearing completion on the new 110,000-square-foot Kikaskihtânaw Centre, which will soon become the new home of YWCA Regina.

“Our entire city will be successful because of a building like this in our community,” said Melissa Coomber-Bendsten, CEO of YWCA Regina.

The new building is located in the Cathedral district and will be a center for women and families.

The facility offers emergency shelter, childcare and emergency services.

Inside there will be 68 supportive housing units, 40 emergency beds and two childcare spaces.

“This space will also mobilize the crisis in the city. As an act of reconciliation, the YWCA built a healing lodge and sweat lodge in partnership with All Nations Hope Network,” Coomber-Bendsten added.

“This building really allows us to do our work in a different way, and to bring other partners into the program. This building was built with the idea that people have experienced a tremendous amount of trauma and it was built to deinstitutionalize our services.”

The total construction cost of the building is about $70 million. The YWCA said they are still $4.5 million short and have less than eight weeks to raise the money.

They hope to be able to fully operate their activities from the centre by early November.