The Rowan House Women's Emergency Shelter is looking to set up a second stage shelter in Okotoks.

Executive Director Sherrie Botten says they've started the process already.

"We're looking for land and will be starting with our capital campaign. We have a plan in place in terms of what the building needs to look like. And we also have the programming in place. Because it's similar programming to what our women who are in our transitional housing currently would be benefiting from."

Botten says the building will be used for women who are no longer in need of the emergency shelter, but aren't ready to fully transition away from a shelter while recovering from an abusive situation.

She says the building should be up and running by 2021.

Botten says the total cost, plus operating expenses, will be between six and eight million dollars.


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