The Government of Alberta is fulfilling its commitment to enhance supports for women and children affected by family violence with $15 million in new funding. This investment will help make a broader range of supports available, including counseling or other community supports, such as help locating housing or accessing financial assistance.
Families First executive director Heather Boonstra says "the project name for Fort Saskatchewan is the fifth generation project, its a partnership between Families First, The Boys And Girls Club and Restorative Justice. It will allow us spearhead initiative to engage men and boys in really relevant and accessible family violence prevention programming"
For the 2015-16 fiscal year, the additional funding brings the total annual investment to more than $49 million to support women’s emergency and second-stage shelters. The Alberta Government also recently announced nearly $10 million for 76 local projects to prevent family and sexual violence and child abuse through the Family and Community Safety Program grants. This included almost $672,000 to enhance programs offered through four organization’s supporting women’s emergency shelters, along with the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelter.