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Prince Albert's Rising Stars Children's Ranch shines no more

Group home in RM of Prince Albert has run out of funds
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The heartache is not over, but the battle is, Jeff Bergen said as he announced that board for Rising Stars Children’s Ranch would be dissolved.

There is no future for the group home in the Rural Municipality of Prince Albert.

“This week the title property will be turned over to the bank and the corporation will be dissolved,” Bergen said.

After two long years of struggling with the rural municipality of Prince Albert and the Ministry of Social Services it’s been a lot of heartache, he said.

Originally the board had thought to take legal action after the Rural Municipality of Prince Albert denied them the necessary permit to operate the home. The board decided against legal action when the Ministry of Social Services suggested they should instead sell the property and start a new project in Prince Albert instead.

“In a decision I deeply regret, Rising Stars accepted the request of the ministry,” Bergen said.

“This property was built specifically as a group home for children and has limited potential use outside that purpose. Ironically our failure to challenge the decision of the rural municipality has severely hindered our ability to sell the property.”

The property has been up for sale since March.

Bergen said they had not filed for bankruptcy, but were following a simpler process where the bank would be taking over the assets from the Rising Stars project.

Along with thanking those who had helped Rising Stars along the way, Bergen said the biggest loss is the potential children who would have benefited from the group home.

“There are a whole lot of children who need a facility like this,” he said

“Mostly we feel a profound sadness that the children who should fill this home have been cast aside.”

The Rising Stars Children’s Ranch could have been a lot of things, but unfortunately it’s turned into a vacant lot, Bergen said.

 

Reported by paNOW's Stephanie Froese.

Edited by News Talk Radio's Sabeen Ahmad.