“Until then we are split into two locations,” explained Darrell Jackman, executive director for the centre.
Jackman and another staffer are working from 24 Atlantic Crescent, assisting people who want help preparing resumes or seeking youth employment programs.
The after-school program, homework program, and summer programs are operating from 83 Smallwood Crescent. The Transitions to Work program with Kim Hodder and Nicole Kelly, is also working from that location.
The renovation project, which will see upgrades to both the interior and exterior of the building, is expected to be finished by December.
“Inside the building we are doing some redesign,” explained Jackman, “ . . . moving around some offices, opening up some program areas so we can offer additional programs and have more space to do that.
“We’re upgrading the washrooms, our boardroom and one of the big things is…the building will be fully wheelchair accessible.”
A wheelchair lift will be installed enabling people with mobility issues to easily access to all three floors of the facility.
The kitchen area will also be renovated, and will include the addition of new appliances.
Jackman said the kitchen renovations will make for a more inviting space, especially for programs like the community kitchen program.
Exterior renovations will include new siding, and a redesign.
“We’re just hoping to make the community centre stand out a little more (with) some new bright colors.”
Funding for the renovations came from both the provincial and federal governments.
“Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation is providing the provincial support, and we also received $114,000 from the (federal) Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA),” explained Jackman.
The funding was announced last October.
Jackman said renovation to the facility were much need.
“I think it’s going to be a huge benefit to the community,” he said, noting the amount of programs at the centre have increased in the past 10 to 12 years.
“We’ve got a lot more participants coming into the programs, more kids in the homework program, more adults and youth coming in looking for employment supports and job searching, so we need to do renovations to keep serving the community and as well to make the building accessible for people with disabilities.”