The imminent opening of an overnight shelter in Strathmore for people in need has drawn some wistful looks from the people who look after those in need in Drumheller.
 
Judy Nelson of Big Country Victim Services has been looking for years to open a womens' shelter in the valley.
 
"I've wrote a couple of grants asking for funding to do a shelter in Drumheller and I've always had them turned down, but we desperately need a shelter," she told 99.5 Drum FM. "I can send my people from Oyen to Medicine Hat or Kindersley, but Hanna and Drumheller, our only option is Strathmore."
 
"Last year, I got one person in the Strathmore Shelter; other than that, we have to pay for hotels," she explained. "I spent about $7,000 last year on hotels for people that needed to be in a shelter."
 
While Nelson allows that local hotel operators and RCMP have been extremely co-operative in looking after her charges, she believes there is a real need for something permanent.
 
"Even once you find the place, you need some funding to do the upgrades that are needed; and I'm sure once we have one, we will be able to get the funding every year, if we can just get the initial one going."

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