Pauline’s Place settles into new home

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Pauline’s Place, a shelter in Sault Ste. Marie for youth, women and families, has moved from its old location at 923 Queen St. East to its new location in the former Steelton Seniors Centre at 235 Wellington St. West.

As a non-profit, charitable organization that provides emergency shelter for youth (male ages 16-17, female ages 16-21), women and families, the new shelter location continues to provide capacity for seven emergency beds for youth, 12 emergency beds for women, two emergency units for families, two accessible units and six overflow beds.

“Through the provision of emergency housing, referral and outreach services, Pauline’s Place assists and supports clients with securing and maintaining permanent housing,” states Anne Penney, Executive Director, Pauline’s Place. “The new space allows us to better serve our community and clients.”

Pauline’s Place provides necessities such as food, clothing, and hygiene products. With the help of external supports and based on the unique needs of individuals, clients are assisted with mental health, addictions and securing and maintaining permanent housing.

“Using a non-judgmental and coordinated approach to service delivery, we work closely with community resources to provide support and advocacy through public awareness of the causes of homelessness and those at risk,” adds Penney.

As no core funding is received, the Centre relies on partial funding (year by year) from the District of Sault Ste. Marie Social Services Administration Board, as well as grants, fundraising and donations. A volunteer Board of Directors governs Pauline’s Place.

“With the sale of the Queen Street property, we are exploring options to ensure services that were offered at the previous location such as space to accept donations of household goods and furniture for those moving into their own accommodations continue to be provided.”

Currently, the Centre is accepting monetary donations, food, personal hygiene supplies, towels, linens, and blankets. For more information, contact Anne Penney, Executive Director at 705-759-4663. The generous support and kindness of the community is appreciated.