POUCE COUPE, B.C. – The North Wind Wellness Centre Society is inviting the public to join a virtual session or attend an open house to learn more about the proposed addictions recovery wellness centre.

The virtual session will be held on Tuesday, May 10th, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The society requests that the public registers ahead of time through email at admin@northwindwc.ca or by phone at 250-843-6977 extension 101.

The open house will be held on Monday, May 16th, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Pouce Coupe Community Centre at 5010 52nd avenue.

The society says the facility has been designed to meet the increasing local demand for treatment and recovery housing services.

North Wind Wellness Centre is planning to submit a building application, including relocating its operations from Farmington to Pouce Coupe.

The new facility will have more services, including ten early recovery housing beds, ten treatment recovery housing beds, 30 supportive house studio apartments and a recovery community centre.

The society is hoping the development will start this fall.

The current centre in Farmington has been operating since 1996, providing 10 beds and six weeks of in-patient addictions treatment programming for clients.

The project follows the centre’s Addiction Recover Community Housing (ARCH) model, which provides the opportunity for the community to remain local on their recovery journey.

The society says ARCH provides a culturally-safe living space for people who want to address their substance use.

North Wind Wellness Centre Society says this project has strong support from Treaty 8 Tribal Association, Peace River Regional District, Streetohome Foundation, First Nations Health Authority, Northern Health, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, B.C. Housing and the community.

For more information, visit their website or email admin@northwindwc.ca.

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