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We are Challenging all Grande Prairie and area businesses to make a difference!  The New Youth Emergency Shelter needs your HELP to complete the new building.

Help Lock Out Youth Homelessness by making a donation toward our $100,000 goal.
We encourage you to make a donation by filling in the attached form by clicking the image on your left and Challenge your Competitors or Friends in Business to match your contribution. Send them your pledge and a challenge to meet or exceed it.
You can issue your challenge on your social media pages or by sending an email out to your friends in business.
We will mention your business on the air and on our social media when you either send the attached form ahead of time or come down in person for a Free BBQ lunch between 11-2 pm on Sept 28th in the Casino Parking Lot.
Click on this Video to see the Lock Out Youth Homelessness Campaign in action!
More information on how to donate can be found on the attached Form.

Lock Out Youth Homelessness

The Sunrise House is building a New Youth Emergency Shelter and to date, the community has raised $5.5 million dollars! With 1 million dollars left to raise, we invite the community to help  “Lockout Youth Homelessness” by purchasing a lock for a minimum $25 donation and we will put your lock on the Sun Structure for you.  The Sun Structure will be placed outside the New Shelter once it opens to signify how the community wrapped its arms around us.  Together we can “lock out Youth Homelessness” and ensure no youth is ever turned away.

Our youth deserve better…

The shelter program sees a highly diverse group of clients from youth who are having difficulty communicating at home to youth who have complex needs like mental health disorders, FASD, or addictions.

It is critical that the program can adapt to meet the varying needs of all the clients so Sunrise House can ensure there are no barriers to their access.

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The Current Situation

The current facility is a converted duplex that is approximately 30 years old and is now at absolute capacity with no room for program growth. With the needs of the youth becoming more complex along with the population growth, the ability to meet the needs of all youth is becoming more challenging.

One of the greatest challenges is safety & security of both the staff and the clients including:

  • Single door entrance with no ability to assess or communicate with a youth accessing the shelter without giving them access to the building
  • Intake office is not soundproof and minimally secured causing a potential breach of confidentiality and risk to staff should a client becoming threatening
  • No ability to separate clients or limit engagement – this becomes an issue when Sunrise House have a combination of youth who are engaging in high risk behaviors (addiction, sexual exploitation, etc.) with a youth who is in due to family breakdown and not currently engaging in high risk behaviors.
  • No gender-neutral bedrooms which can create risk for the transgender or non-binary clients.

Additional challenges include:

  • Building is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Lack of quiet space for clients who may be experiencing a great deal of crisis or anxiety – the only option currently for a youth to be alone is to go to their bedroom which is likely shared with another client.
  • Lack of separate space for programming, to do homework or have one on one planning with a support worker.
  • Lack of meeting space for external workers – Children’s Services, RCMP, Alberta Health Services, and other youth serving agencies – it is important to have space for them to meet with clients as Sunrise House to hold case conferences.

Sponsorship Package

Learn about what you can donate and how you can help make this new youth shelter a realty.