Making Ourselves Matter Services Society officially opened their new safe-house Saturday, for vulnerable women who are transitioning out of foster care.
The home will target women who are aged 19-29, and the society says there are 6 spots available.
The women will study 18 hours a week in the home’s classroom, learn to cook, volunteer in the community and run the home.
Executive Director Linda Liss says the idea for the project was brought forward 8 years ago, with renovations taking 5 years to complete.
“It needs to be young women that are stable.” says Liss.
“We are not a handout program, we are a hand up program.”
Prince George Valemount MLA Shirley Bond was on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Liss says Bond was very open when hearing about the idea, and helped the project become a reality.
The women will be on a 4 year program, 2 years in the residential home with the following two years being a practicum.
There will be 11 staff working with the society to help transition the women into the home, which is something Liss believes was made possible by the BC Government.