Saskatchewan

Saskatoon builds homes for at-risk moms and babies

Construction is beginning in Saskatoon on two new homes that aim to keep at-risk mothers together with their children.

Construction is beginning in Saskatoon on two new homes that aim to keep at-risk mothers together with their children.

The two homes will be operated by the Saskatoon Downtown Youth Centre (EGADZ) with joint funding coming from Ottawa, the province and the city.

The first home is called Baby Steps and will be for mothers who have lost their children to the state.

The Baby Steps program will give mothers the opportunity to bond with their children and learn parenting skills so they can eventually have their children return to their care.

The second home, called Mah's Place is for mothers who have gotten their children back.

"It's everything I've ever wanted," said Shanna Acoose, a mother who will be moving into Mah's Place this summer with her son.

"I'm working extremely hard just to get to where I want to be and so far it's going good," she said.

Acoose is currently working to get her Grade 12 diploma in hopes of going to university to become a nurse.

"These homes will help strengthen families by keeping them together," said Don Meikle, EGADZ director of housing and outreach services.

"They will also help ensure that both babies and their mothers get a good start in life so they can build a bright future together."

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