Safe Harbor: Our First Month
Three weeks after the long-anticipated opening of Safe Harbor, New Brunswick’s only transitional house for youth is providing 10 teens experiencing homelessness with a safe place to stay.
The shelter, which opened March 17th, 2015, 16-24, has room for ten young men and women ages 16-24.
Safe Harbor Residential Director Lindsay Gallagher says that the shelter is already filled to capacity speaks volumes about the need for the facility in this region.
“The kids say things like, ‘I’m not used to have people caring about where I am.’ We had a big turkey dinner for Easter; one kid said that they had never had an Easter dinner before.”
Currently, all the residents at Safe Harbor are 19 and under. Before coming to the shelter, only one was living at home – the majority were couch-surfing and living in unsafe or abusive situations.
Gallagher says they appreciate the stability. “A few have said ‘I don’t know where I would be if Safe Harbor didn’t exist. It feels really good that we’re offering them that safety.”
Safe Harbor continues to rely on the support of the community to provide this essential service. All are invited on Saturday, April 11 to attend the 4th Annual Singer Songwriter Circle presented by Fluor in support of Safe Harbour.
The concert starts at 7:30pm in the Théâtre Susan B. Ganong at Rothesay Netherwood School. Performers include Rachael Grant '07, Josh Bravener, Stephanie Mainville, Hilary Anne and Martha Pitre. Tickets are $15 for students & $25 for adults. Call 847- 8224 to reserve yours today, or buy online at www.rns.cc/walkwithme
For more information, contact Lindsay Gallagher at (506) 631-9012 or firstname.lastname@example.org