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Rowan House Society Shelves Housing Project

Board of Directors cite current economy as main reason for pushing pause on campaign for Second Stage Shelter

High River, AB, January 9, 2020 – Rowan House Society has made the decision to put its campaign for a Second Stage Shelter on hold for the time being. After a 5-month long consultation process, the Board of Directors determined the 8-million-dollar campaign was not feasible in Alberta’s current economic climate.

With the financial support of a grant, the Society hired the non-profit consulting firm Vitreo Group to gather feedback from donors, stakeholders, community members and shelter staff to help the Board make its decision. “There was a lot of support from the community in terms of the need for the project,” said Board Chair, Chris Tulloch, “But today’s economy is a lot different from 5 years ago when we initiated the plan and we felt we couldn’t justify moving forward at this time.”

“We are all feeling the effects this current economy is having on individuals and organizations alike and the Board was not prepared to ask the Foothills to go even further beyond the generosity it continues to bestow upon us for an extensive capital campaign; and we couldn’t risk diverting support from the current emergency shelter and its programs,” Tulloch added.

He said, “We are grateful to our partners, the Town of Okotoks and Westwinds Communities for helping us determine what level of Second Stage housing could be possible, and we have plans to revisit the project in a year’s time.”

The Society will continue to focus its efforts on its current Crisis, Preventative Education and Outreach programs to ensure all families receive the support they need to address and prevent domestic abuse in their lives.

Rowan House’s mission is to provide crisis intervention, long-term support and education for those affected by family violence in rural communities. In doing so, we work to fulfill our vision: that every person is safe and secure and lives without abuse.

Rowan House Society Shelves Housing Project

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