Director for Safe Families Steinbach Michelle PetersSafe Families Steinbach is officially ready to launch.

“We just can’t be more excited,” exclaims Director Michelle Peters.

The charity, which aims to assist struggling families before needing the child welfare system, is set to open on November 2nd.

“What we do is we surround families who are isolated and in crisis,” explains Peters. “Whatever they need, we will find a volunteer to help fill that need, and in doing so, we kind of build a village around a family that is struggling and help keep them and their kids safe and together.”

The fundraising began almost exactly a year ago, and since then, many have offered their assistance. “Oh my goodness, we’ve gotten donations from churches, private businesses, from grants from the RM of Hanover,” lists Peters, “and the crazy thing is, the funds are still coming.”

Peters says they will be moving into the Calvary Chapel where office space was donated to them.

“It will probably be a little bit of a quiet grand opening because we have to get in there and get set up,” says Peters. “And then the next step is going to be volunteer training and screening so that we can have volunteers in place to be able to support families as they come to us.”

Peters estimates they will host their volunteer night sometime towards the end of November and suggests keeping an eye on their Facebook page for details.

“We love southeastern Manitoba,” is what Peters had to say about all of the support they received, “and just the heart and the spirit that they have just to support struggling families.”