With sunny skies, Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation presented $200,000 for the construction of Libra House, a shelter for women and children escaping violence.
Tom Hedderson, Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation (NLHC), speaking to at the sand turning said, “Family violence is a terrible reality in our society, the staff and volunteers at Libra House are helping to make a difference to the lives of people affected by violence and for people who find themselves in vulnerable situations.”
Minister Hedderson said the work by Libra House is immeasurable and government is committed to preventing violence against women and children.
“Libra House continues to be a safe, comfortable and a supportive environment, a refuge for women and children in their time of need. This contribution is an investment in the community,” he added.
Jim Haynes, VP for Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro and Nalcor, told those who attended the sand turning that this is a monumental day for Libra House. He said when Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro came on board for the project to build a new home it was a worthy cause that Hydro could not pass up.
“We wish Libra House every success and on behalf of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro and Nalcor we are privileged to be part of it,” he said.
Lake Melville MHA Keith Russell, who has been a strong supporter of Libra House, said he appreciates all the work that Libra House does for the people of Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
“Being born and raised here, everybody knows what function Libra House has on this community and many are most grateful for that.”
Mayor Leo Abbass said the day is full of mixed emotions because Libra House services a part of the community that needs this service.”
“The realization is that this house, this service is needed and it has the support of so many people. It is always nice when people come together to come up with creative ways to make a dream become a reality,” Mayor Abbass said.
Vicki Musseau, Board Co-Chair for Libra House said the new shelter, once built, will be able to accommodate women and children more comfortably and more securely.
She said building the new shelter is an exciting endeavourer and the financial support from Hydro and the province as well as other sponsors is imperative to help Libra House move forward into their new building.
“The new building will help women and children leave . . . violent situations.
“Even though with funding from the province and Nalcor Hydro, we still do need additional funding for landscaping, even though this is a new shelter there are other things that we need,” she added.
Musseau said in order to have all the things needed for the shelter; they need an additional $100,000.
Since 1985, Libra House has been providing temporary safe shelter and support programs for women and children who are experiencing relationship violence.
They offer 24-hour service, seven days a week, as well as a 24-hour crisis phone line.
Right now Libra House needs your support to make a donation go to http://www.librahouse.ca and click on donations.