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Rotary helping to provide more affordable housing in Peterborough

Posted on October 17, 2022 in Current News

The YES Shelter for Youth and Families will be opening two new affordable housing units for youth this winter thanks to Rotary in Peterborough.

The units will be a part of the RISE Youth Housing Program which provides affordable and supported housing for young people who would otherwise be homeless. These new units will provide safety and security for 3 – 4 people at a time.

Atul and Betty from Rotary Club of Peterborough unveil a new sign of support recognizing Rotary’s significant support of YES’ RISE Youth Housing Program

Last spring, Rotary Club of Peterborough and Rotary Club of Peterborough Kawartha committed $100,000 to renovate a current RISE location to accommodate the additional units. The work on the building also includes roof replacement, fencing, and driveway paving. This funding is a part of Rotary’s Centennial Celebrations, helping the community in their 100th year.

And a day of service helps to brighten emergency shelter

Amber and Moira from Peterborough Rotoract Club helped plant over 300 bulbs out front of the YES Emergency Shelter for Youth and Families this past Saturday.

This past Saturday, both above mentioned Rotary clubs and the Rotaract Club of Peterborough joined us at the shelter to plant 300 bulbs and build a new garden space.

This work helped to celebrate the RISE Program expansion, and will help the shelter look more colourful and welcoming to youth and families needing to access Emergency Shelter. We were also excited to reveal a new sign on the shelter at 196 Brock St. announcing Rotary’s very generous support.

A Peterborough partnership

“Many of our members feel very strongly about housing in Peterborough,” said Rotary Club of Peterborough Past President Wayne Harding, “so this is a natural fit.” Carl Brown, Kawartha Rotary Club President stated “We are proud of our community involvement with this project and pleased to work with the Peterborough Club to make this important project happen”

Aimee Le Lagadéc, Executive Director for the YES Shelter for Youth and Families is more than pleased. “Right now, the homelessness rate in Peterborough is far too high and housing has not become more available or affordable through the pandemic. We also know that transitional housing is typically required for young people and families exiting homelessness. The RISE Program and these two additional units, will save lives, and mean a significant decrease in homelessness in Peterborough over time. We are extremely grateful to the Rotary Clubs in Peterborough for this help.”

Guenther from Rotary Club of Peterborough Kawartha was representing his club at our planting day and unveiling.

YES has been providing emergency shelter and transitional supports to youth and families in Peterborough City and County since 2000. Services include a youth and family Emergency Shelter, Homelessness Prevention services, RISE Youth Housing Program, Carriage House Alternative Classroom, Food and Clothing Cupboard, and Housing supports.

Rotary provides “service to others, promotes integrity, and advances world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.” Rotary has done an incredible job of positively impacting the Peterborough community with projects like the Rotary Trail, Camp Kawartha Health Centre, and involvement in countless community initiatives.