On Friday afternoon, MPP Ross Romano announced the Government’s recognition of Pauline’s Place, a local shelter that provides emergency short term housing for youth, women, and families who are experiencing a housing crisis.
Pauline’s Place was granted $75,000 seed grant last year through the Ontario Trillium Foundation. This grant allowed them to hire two more staff, who have been tasked with fighting homelessness, addictions and mental health in the community.
Pauline’s Place Executive Director Anne Penney said she’s very grateful to OTF for this funding, as it was much-needed help for the shelter to be able to provide their services to the community.
“It’s very important to us to keep this house open and to help people. My staff is amazing, they go out of their way. It’s not that easy of a job,” she said. “And the community itself of Sault Ste. Marie is amazing. We have a lot of backers, and Ontario Trillium is a big deal for us if we can get it. That money is substantial enough to be able to keep us going.”
Robert Nowosieski, Acting Chair of the OTF Grant Review Team, said it’s not just about the money, it’s also about the recognition of what places like this are doing. He said the most rewarding part for him is being able to assist and support these organizations.
“A lot of the time, these are small, grassroots groups like this one here that a lot of times go unnoticed, but are making a huge, huge significant impact for their local communities and even province-wide as well.”
Romano also said they’re happy to recognize Pauline’s Place and the work they do for the community.
“Pauline’s Place is doing great work in our community, trying to end homelessness and trying to look at taking care of people’s basic needs – hygiene needs, food and shelter costs,” Romano said. “They’re really doing a finding housing first type of initiative, and it’s doing a lot to help people in our community – specifically, this initiative will help over 1600 people in Sault Ste. Marie alone.”