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Prince George sex worker drop-in centre seeks new home

03/12/2015 12:59 EDT | Updated 05/11/2015 05:59 EDT
The only drop-in centre for sex workers in Prince George is looking for a new home.

The Prince George New Hope Society, founded in 2005, is a place for sex workers or sexually-exploited women to seek shelter, hot food and clothes, as well as access workshops on how to build up their self-esteem or life skills.

For the last 10 years, the organization has been operating rent- and utility-free out of a downtown Prince George building, but it is now up for sale, and the New Hope Society needs to find a new home by the summer.

"They are definitely worried," said executive director Jan Wilson, referring to the women who come to the centre.

"They're scared, they're coming up with ideas, they're going, 'Jan, we should do bottle drives, we should do bake sales. We can't lose this place.'"

Wilson says she reached out to the community on Tuesday, hoping someone will be willing to provide a space that has an office, a small kitchen and bathroom, a common area and a conference room for programs.

She hasn't yet received any responses, but Wilson said she is hopeful.  

"Every time that we felt that we can't do this anymore, or there's been no money … something or someone has stepped up and helped us out," she said.

To hear the full interview with Jan Wilson, click on the audio labelled: Prince George New Hope Society seeks new home.

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