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Community Friendship Temporary Mat Program

Community Friendship Temporary Mat Program

The Town of Slave Lake is working with the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre to find a temporary Mat Program location.

Initially located in St. Peter’s Ecumenical Church (old building), the Mat Program moved to the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre for the winter of 2019/2020.

Some participants of the Mat Program face extreme mobility challenges, and both prior locations have steep stairs. This is why the Town of Slave Lake and the Native Friendship Centre are asking business owners, residents, and community groups for assistance in finding a home for this crucial program.

Requirements for a more permanent location are as followed:

  • No stairs involved for guests to access the Mat Program
  • 1,500 square feet (approximately)
  • 2 bathrooms
  • 1 kitchen area, with a sink, fridge, and counters, but not necessarily a stove for food prep. Food is often prepared elsewhere and simply re-heated by volunteers and/or Security for Mat Program guests 

Since 2019, the Mat Program has helped 71 individual male and 33 individual female guests from Slave Lake and Without this program, more people would have not been able to last the winter in Slave Lake, which would reflect poorly on our town, to say nothing of potentially incurring liability for peoples’ demise. 

This MAT program provides overnight shelter for people experiencing homelessness in Slave Lake during the winter months.  The Program was meant to be temporary, until the Housing First program can be implemented in Slave Lake. 

For more information, or to find out more on how you can help find a location for the Slave Lake MAT Program please call the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre at 780-849-3039

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