Family Centre To Hold Open House On May 2

April 29, 2018

Family Centre will be opening its doors to the public with an Open House event on Wednesday 2nd May from 12-6pm, at its King Street location in Hamilton. They will be showcasing their new premises and invite the public to celebrate moving into their new space at the former Sunshine Leagu.

A special Tree Planting Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting will take place from 12pm-2pm for special invitees, and the Centre will open its doors to the general public from 3-6pm.

Executive Director, Martha Dismont explained, “The Minister of Social Development, Michael Weeks, will assist us to celebrate the receipt of this culturally-rich property, with the ribbon cutting and special Tree Planting Ceremony, where we will thank Deputy Governor Ginny Ferson and Mel Ferson, U.S. Consul General, Mary Ellen Koenig, and retiring Commissioner of Police, Michael DeSilva, for their support to Family Centre over the past year.”

She continued, “After the ceremony, the invitees will enter the building and hear from Dr. June Hill on the history and significance of the Sunshine League. Family Centre will also conduct its Annual Meeting and provide tours of the building.

“Those familiar with the previous use of the building for residential services, will see noticeable changes which were completed with renovations that took place during the months December-February.

“These changes were made to provide necessary refurbishing and to outfit rooms for specialized social skills groups, outreach programmes, individual and family counselling, parenting groups and Family Centre training services. The Centre desired to maintain a nurturing and welcoming feel to the building and staff have been excited to welcome families to offices specially designed to be engaging and supportive.”

Board Chairperson, Justin Freisenbruch remarked “Delivering services out of this location has taken on significant meaning to all of the Centre’s staff and our Board. We will do our best to honour the original intent of this home to care for children.

“We thank GL Construction for the work and their donation towards the renovation costs, and Benevides and Associates for the architectural design and drafting of the renovations.

“There is approximately $70k remaining in renovation costs, and we invite members of the public to help us to retire that outstanding balance with donations of any amount! We look forward to welcoming everyone on May 2nd.”

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