KELOWNA — Having no place to call home is hard for anyone but especially for women on the streets of Kelowna — there are very few places they can call a safe haven.
A new addition to the downtown is helping change that.
The Noreen Rae Branson Learning and Safe Centre is now open, offering women at risk a safe place to go during the daytime, take a shower, get some new clothes or just hang out.
The centre is operated by the Metro Community group, attached to the current Metro Central office on Water Street.
“This is a special place that women can access and use and just have that sense of dignity,” says Executive Director, Laurence East.
The centre has been operating for three weeks and has been busy every day.
“We’ve had overwhelming response from girls,” says East.
A complete renovation was needed to open up the space, costing about $25,000.
The not-for-profit group still needs $15,000 of that funding to break even.
If you would like to donate, you can on the Metro Community website.