News » Shane Homes provides a safer, happier christmas to Youville clients

Calgary – Clients of Youville Recovery Residence for Women, and their children will enjoy a better Holiday Season thanks to prominent Calgary builder Shane Homes.

Youville provides residential treatment and counselling to women coping with mental health challenges, addictions and physical abuse. Treatment, shelter and meals are provided to clients living in the 4 residences while the women complete their two-stage recovery program. Youville’s residences have housed over 1700 women and their children over the past 30 years and need extensive refurbishment in order to keep providing a safe, positive environment for families.

Shane Homes first learned about Youville through the builder’s three year sponsorship of the Peanut Butter Classic, a ladies-only golf tournament for charity. Youville was the beneficiary of the 2010 tournament. Shane Homes tournament organizers were impressed with the work done by Youville and scheduled a tour of the agency.

Shane Wenzel, President of Shane Homes says the tour convinced him Shane Homes could help Youville:

“In touring the site we realized that they need some help in refurbishments and that Shane Homes had the means to assist them. Our peak construction times are in the spring through fall, so at this time of year we have the man power available to assist Youville with some of the maintenance and repair work that they need done. A lot of the things that they need done can easily be accomplished by our staff and we are happy to help them in whatever way we can.”

Shane Homes is doing extensive work in one residence, including painting, replacing light fixtures, installing new flooring and replacing some tiles in two main bathrooms and installing a new fridge and stove. New washers and dryers are being put in another residence. Shane Homes is also covering costs incurred by their tradespeople during the refurbishments. Some trades have also donated time and materials to the project.

Cathy Spackman, Youville Board Chair, says the help provided by Shane Homes is timely, and very much appreciated:

“Youville Recovery Residence for Women clients, staff and board, are very grateful for the generosity and tremendous support from Shane Homes. Shane Homes’ commitment to the community is really evidenced in their support of Youville by providing labor and materials in refurbishing the Youville residential facilities. This project is helping change lives by helping promote the health and wellness of women, and their children, in Calgary who need the services and programs offered by Youville. Thank you Shane Homes!”

Shane Homes will also be involved in upgrading the kitchen which prepares meals daily for dozens of Youville clients and children in the residential recovery program.


Cheryll Nandee
Executive Director
403-613-8339 (cell)

Shane Wenzel,
Shane Homes