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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 21, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 11, THI ItTHIBRIDGi HERALD It In My imon By CHRISTINE PUHL Herald Staff Writer A REHABILITATION CENTRE for alcoholic women was first discussed during a public meeting held June 11 in the Lethbridge Friendship Centre. Approximately 25 people were present, represent- ing various city organizations, services and interested individuals. The purpose of the meeting was to deter- mine if there was a need, and start organizing if the need was established. Rose Yellow Feet, director of the Lethbridge Friendship Centre who was rehabilitated from a drink- ing problem, told those present that there were about 50 women wandering in Lethbridge streets right now who had drinking problems although only a small per- centage ever reach court. Albert Lapatac, local native court worker spoke of many women referred to him who certainly could make use of a rehabilitation program. Many times women were not' drunk enough to go to jail and yet too drunk to be accepted at home. It was established that there are very limited services open to these "sick" women and they usually end up in the hospital. Wendy Proctor, of Indian Affairs, later said that be- tween January and July 23, 1970 there were 32 girls sent to Fort Saskatchewan prison with an average age of 25 and all on liquor charges. Total costs for trans- portation and matron fees for this service totalled Although there are several Alberta rehabilitation houses for men and two for women in Edmonton, there is nothing for women in southern Alberta. Mrs. Yellow Feet said a large percentage of the women im- prisoned are from the south. From this first meeting a board of directors was selected to organize a proposal and budget. The board includes: Dave Rogers, John Howard Society, president; Rose Yellow Feet, Lethbridge Friendship Centre, vice-president; Albert Lapatac, na- tive court worker; Dave Owen; Mrs. Camille Hay, YWCA; Sgt. Cleason Schweitzer; Marg Tillman, Indian Affairs and Captain and Mrs. Sayers, Salvation Army. Tentative plans were drawn up by the board un- der the close direction of Mrs. Yellow Feet who was the director of the McDougall House in Edmonton. Committee proposals for the house include: house for about 10 women of any color, race or creed where 24-hour supervised accommodation would be provided for women with serious personal problems. city services and agencies including Al- coholics Anonymous would be In close contact. employment for residents would be en- couraged and those employed would contribute to- wards room and board. provide incentives for these women to become taxpayers rather than a tax-burden. rules will be kept at a minimum but in- dnde curfews, total abstinence from drugs and alco- hol and daily assistance with maintenance of the house. opportunities will be provided In many different areas designed to keep the women off the street. of residency would be governed by indivi- dual circumstance, varying from one week to over one year. Although many methods of raising money were discussed, the board decided that the necessary money could only be raised quickly enough through govern- ment agencies. Through careful budgeting, costs could be kept at a minimum. After thorough research, consulting already-exist- ing half-way houses and speaking with Mr. Casey Wiskerke of the provincial branch of the Canadian Mental Health Advisory Council, a proposed budget was drawn up to be presented to the Social Develop- ment Department of the provincial government. Once approved there, it will be turned over to the newly-formed Alcoholic and Drug Abuse Commission. Items include: three counsellors at per month, a housemother at per month, and a part-time bookkeeper will be employed. Furnishing was the next largest item, totalling calculated on an estimate by a local store's contracting department. Rent was anticipated at ?300 per month and renovations to total The complete budget came to for one year of operation. THE BETTER HALF By Bob Barnes only medfs reasonably priced theso days are the ones you used to give oway as dog scraps." ARTISTIC BEAUTY SALON Upstalra at 535 13th St. N. Phone 328-3932 RE-OPENED UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT 3 OPERATORS FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE. FREE PARKING ACROSS THE STREET. TILL SATURDAY, OCT. 31st I OR WHEN YOU I I REDEEM THIS COUPON I TOMATO JUICE MJB COFFEE CRISCOOIL DAD'S COOKIES 55" Crisco ,Jb.8.r9 Cream Corn -rfc 4 .89" Peas- Bing Cherries p, 79' Mra. Milnei 14-ei. Hn> M for I W Cocoa- Miracle Whip 49' Casseroles 49" Apple Shrimp :r_ 2 J" Chocolate Bars-, 89' MEATS PHONE 327-5295 J FOWL Cut up, tray pack Ib. 25' SHERBET Beef Sausage Beef Short Ground Chuck Roasts Cross Rib Roasts PRODUCE Phone 328-1751 J SPANISH ONIONS 2.49' APPLES POTATOES Mue Village BAKERY Phone 327-2424 Apple Pies Swiss Tarts Walnut Buns Layer Cakes 0tfim> at Ihfl CORNffi pf ST0FFT arid ;