New Joint Sobering And Day Centre Opens In Yellowknife

From left to right: Yellowknife Mayor Mark Heyck, Health and Social Services Minister Glen Abernethy, Yellowknife Cenre MLA Julie Green and Minister of Community Affairs Alfred Moses cut the ribbon at the official openning of the joint Sobering and Day Centre in Yellowknife.

Today marks the official opening of a new sobering and day centre located in downtown Yellowknife at 5111 50th St.

Health and Social Services Minister, Glen Abernethy, says the new centre is more than just a facility to stay safe and warm, but is also a space for healing.

This is actually about healing. It’s about the healing process and creating an opportunity for those that want to heal to heal.

Health and Social Services Minister Glen Abernethy speaking at the opening of the Sobering and Day Centre in Yellowknife.

Some of the classes designed to help individuals cope with the trauma they have experienced include, anger management, healing groups, and beading classes.

When both centres are open, there will be seven support workers, one integrated case care coordinator and one clinical/emergency personnel on site.

The new facility houses 27 day beds, with the opportunity for overflow. Clients can also access showers, a laundry facility and a flex room on site.



The sobering centre will operate for 22 hours a day closing between 8:00am to 10am. Meanwhile the day centre will open from 7:00am to 7:00pm.

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