Power Workers Union donates to new mental health facility

Representatives from the Power Workers Union (PWU) attended a hard-hat tour of Grey Bruce Health Services’ new mental health and recovery centre today where they presented their donation of $100,000 toward the new facility.

Expected to open later this Fall, the new facility will be the first OHIP covered program of its kind in Canada and will provide long over-due and much needed wrap around care that addresses patients as a whole  – mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually.

The program offers longer stays than traditional recovery programs, and has the added service of the live-in dorm style apartments for those who complete the recovery portion of their treatment plan and may need a place to stay while they continue to learn life skills or don’t have a safe environment to return home to.

The program will go beyond traditional detox and recovery and also offer life skills training spanning everything from doing laundry, housecleaning, preparing healthy meals, how to budget and grocery shop and so much more. A building will house a workshop space which can teach employable skills in different trades, a tech lab that will teach computer skills as well as a gym and spiritual space.

“We are beyond grateful for this generous support from the Power Workers Union,” said Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation Board Chair, Martha Bennett.  She also noted that the PWU donation will be recognized as a naming opportunity for the workshop space within the new building which seemed quite fitting for the organization. “We hope the Power Workers Union gift will help inspire other organizations to join them in supporting this wonderful new program and facility that will serve residents right across Bruce and Grey Counties.”

Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation Executive Director, Tracy Murray, also says that a public information night will be held in early August in Port Elgin (details to be available shortly).  “We anticipate holding it at the Nuclear Innovation Institute (NII) where residents and businesses can drop in and hear insightful presentations and ask questions about the new facility.”