More resources to help the homeless in Kenora are on the horizon.
Henry Wall is the chief administrative officer for the Kenora District Services Board, and he says he's looking forward to the challenge. Yesterday, he was happy to see Kenora city council approve plans for a new emergency shelter.
"I'm very thankful, and just really humbled by the support of council, the support of this community, as well. Now we move forward," he said.
The district services board is also looking forward to adding more resources for ambulance crews, housing and daycare.
Still, Wall was pleased to see Kenora's city council formally approve plans to relocate the community's emergency shelter to Knox United. The operation will be in partnership with the NeChee Friendship Centre, where the executive director, Patti Fairfield, is looking forward to the opportunity.
"Oh my gosh. I don't think there's words that can express how I feel right now," she said, following the meeting. "As happy as I am, I'm really, really happy about what this is going to mean for those, who need access to shelter."
The shelter's currently being operated out of the health unit offices on Matheson Street. If all goes well, renovations at the new location will be ready this fall.
As it turned out, the vote itself was almost anti-climatic. At the end of the day, Kenora councillors all voted in favour of the shelter's new location at Knox United.
After the vote, Councillor Colin Wasacase -- who has been on the board for both the Fellowship Centre and the Friendship Centre -- offered a few words.
"Well, I believe the motion should've passed, because it's important for us as human beings in Kenora that we have an opportunity to care for those, who are unable to care for themselves," he said.
If all goes according to plan, the new operation will open in the fall.
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