By Sarah Klein
The new Salvation Army Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre officially opened its doors on Monday.
The new facility replaces the deteriorating multicultural centre, and will allow the organization to increase community services, which include employment, parenting and English language programs, a food bank, clothing bank, childcare services, and a youth drop-in centre.
“Programs like those provided by the Salvation Army, that support the efforts of families and disadvantaged individuals, help strengthen and stabilize our communities,” said Education Minister Nancy Allan. “Through provincial funding, the Morrow Avenue Child Care Programs for Families that is part of this new complex, now has 15 infant and 32 preschool spaces. Quality child care provides a safe and caring atmosphere for children, allowing parents to support their families and thrive in their communities.”
The facility, located at 51 Morrow Avenue, was funded by both the provincial and federal governments, who committed $1.5 million each. The Salvation Army offset the remaining balance.