A reality check

August 24, 2012 - As Saskatoon families are preparing with excitement for a new school year and cooler fall days, reading the story about Curtis Daniels and his daughter Tayci (Seeking shelter: homeless dad runs out of options, SP, Aug. 20) was a strong reminder and reality check. Providing necessities such as housing and meals can be terribly difficult to manage for fathers like Daniels, who have nowhere to turn.

The crisis shelter referred to in your article is, in fact, a service run by YWCA Saskatoon, not by the YMCA.

Funded by the Ministry of Justice, United Way of Saskatoon & Area, and by committed individual and corporate donors, the YWCA shelter cares for women and their families at critical turning points in their lives.

We agree that a similar crisis shelter to assist fathers and children is a serious need in Saskatoon, and that making real progress to relieve poverty and homelessness for all families in our community is imperative.

Barb Macpherson - Executive Director, YWCA Saskatoon

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