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Macdonald Youth Centre needs $250K for homeless youth shelter

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Macdonald Youth Services is trying to raise $250,000 to shelter homeless youth in Winnipeg.

The public is being asked to contribute to the $2.2-million expansion of the non-profit agency’s Youth Resource Centre and emergency shelter on Mayfair Avenue. The Government of Canada and the City of Winnipeg -- including the Homelessness Partnering Strategy -- are also contributing.

The Youth Resource Centre and Emergency Shelter plans to relocate next door to a heritage home at 159 Mayfair Ave., built in 1903.

Macdonald Youth Services offers overnight emergency shelter for youth ages 12 to 17 and provides crisis intervention, counselling, referral services and walk-in resource services to youth between 12-21 years of age. In 2012-2013, the Youth Resource Centre provided 1,994 safe overnights and served 1,645 youth.

The funding is needed to provide a basic facility for homeless youth. Any additional support from the larger community will be used to purchase safe and sturdy furnishings for the eight bedrooms, complete the basement, repair windows and the verandah, and light and landscape the exterior.

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