High River flood victims happy to have a place to call home
CALGARY- Months after the June floods caused widespread destruction in the town of High River, more than a dozen seniors displaced by the disaster have made themselves at home in a new community living facility in Calgary.
Shalem Haven officially opens in Calgary on Wednesday, but 84-year-old Florence Lowry has called it home since last fall.
After the flood, she spent months living with family and friend – the seniors’ facility she had been living in was damaged and repairs won’t be completed until 2016.
Shalem Haven rushed construction to accommodate the displaced seniors, and Lowry is grateful they did.
“It’s very nice to come in where you know other people,” says Lowry. “I felt like I was coming home.”
“They [the seniors] have brought a neat flavor to Shalem ,” says the organization’s Deanna Kirk. “We have a piece of High River right here that’s important.”
Residents pay a monthly fee of just under $1,800, which covers rent, meals and access to staff around the clock.
The facility was partially funded by the Alberta government with the rest covered by Shalem Society for Senior Citizens Care, a Christian organization.