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Non-profit groups need help, funding

I am ashamed of my government’s callous and careless treatment of a very vulnerable group of people.

It is not right nor fair that the government won’t sufficiently fund not-for-profit organizations that care for adults with mental challenges so that they can pay staff competitive wages. Meanwhile, the government’s own home care program siphons off these staff after they have some experience — they are drawn to the government’s own higher wages! Our people with mental challenges need and deserve long-term competent staff.

They deserve better treatment.

The Killarney closures will disrupt the lives of adults with challenges all across southwestern Manitoba! Where will those folks end up?

I used to work for not-for-profit group homes in Selkirk and know how difficult it is to keep competent and caring staff. The least that can be done to help is offer closer-to-competitive wages — in other words, sufficient funding.

Hildegard Vickers

Erickson

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 4, 2014

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I am ashamed of my government’s callous and careless treatment of a very vulnerable group of people.

It is not right nor fair that the government won’t sufficiently fund not-for-profit organizations that care for adults with mental challenges so that they can pay staff competitive wages. Meanwhile, the government’s own home care program siphons off these staff after they have some experience — they are drawn to the government’s own higher wages! Our people with mental challenges need and deserve long-term competent staff.

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I am ashamed of my government’s callous and careless treatment of a very vulnerable group of people.

It is not right nor fair that the government won’t sufficiently fund not-for-profit organizations that care for adults with mental challenges so that they can pay staff competitive wages. Meanwhile, the government’s own home care program siphons off these staff after they have some experience — they are drawn to the government’s own higher wages! Our people with mental challenges need and deserve long-term competent staff.

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