Open house held for therapeutic treatment centre in View Royal


WATCH: A new therapeutic treatment community has been proposed for a former youth jail in View Royal.

Plans for a new therapeutic recovery community at the former youth jail in View Royal are moving forward.

An open house was held Thursday evening to share information with the community and address any concerns.

The plan would see the facility used as a therapeutic recovery community for up to 50 homeless or at-risk people dealing with addiction.

For the last couple of years, the former youth jail has been used to temporarily house the homeless but now that the last residents of Choices have moved on, Our Place ? which ran the shelter ? is hoping to create a facility that would deal with the root problems of addiction and homelessness.

“We’ll be looking at trauma and treating that because most people come from a background of trauma,” explains Dana Young, who has just been named the director of the project. “Some of the activities will be peer programming, mentorship and leadership training. We’ll be looking at some skill building in terms of life skills, communications skills and distress tolerance.”

The facility still needs government approval.

Another open house will be held April 28.

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