Hope’s Home set to double its capacity

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Youngster Townsen Robin, 3, selects a toy to play with at the Prince Albert Hope’s Home on Friday as director of education Michelene MacGillivray looks on. 

Marking its one-year anniversary in Prince Albert by doubling their capacity to 90 child care spaces, Hope’s Home is filling a significant need in the city.

 

Currently at 44 spaces, director of education Michelene MacGillivray said that filling 46 additional spaces they hope to open by April will not be a problem, considering their waiting list of more than 70.

“A lot of people need infant care -- that’s my biggest request -- because there are so few infant care spaces in the city,” she said.

Of the non-profit organization’s child care spaces, 30 per cent are designated for medically fragile children -- a group that three staff nurses tend to.

“Here we’re able to provide a homelike environment for them where they’re able to grow and flourish as any kid can,” director of operations Jenna Baldrey said.

Although the medical spaces cost more to operate, parents of medically fragile children pay the same as typical children, with their costs undercut by fundraising.

In their first year in Prince Albert, Baldrey said that there have been many success stories.

“Kids who were in hospital for long periods of time and didn’t think they would get out were celebrating birthdays here,” she said.

Typical children without medical needs also benefit from the Hope’s Home model, she said, noting that there’s much to learn from being in the same room as someone with special needs.

“They learn empathy, they learn not to be judgmental or to be afraid of people who look a little different than them,” she said. “They learn to embrace that, instead, which is really amazing to see.”

In addition to doubling their child care capacity by April, a new 24-hour supportive living program is also in the works, in addition to four respite care spaces.

However, these additions will be expensive, so they’re waiting to see where their funding requests go before any formal announcements can be made.

“Those spaces really need a lot of funding, so we just want to make sure that we can provide the best care that we can,” Baldrey said.

Hope’s Home currently has 16 staff, including three nurses, and they operate at 550 First Avenue East, in the 17,000-square foot building the Prince Albert Family Church used to operate out of.

Organizations: Prince Albert Family Church

Geographic location: Prince Albert

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  • Jacqueline Tisher
    March 04, 2014 - 12:47

    I am so proud of you and the amazing care you provide children every day! Continue to reach for the stars as you care for our future and watch dreams come true. I love you to the moon! Jacqueline Tisher Founder and Executive Director Hope's Home

  • a very happy parent
    February 28, 2014 - 20:56

    This facility is a huge reason for the success and development of my children. Attending therapy appointments and creating specialized programming tailored to my child needs means that daycare has become another professional team member and not just a place my children go for the day. Way to go Hope's Home. .. PA needed you! !!