Fam­i­lies for Change receives huge do­na­tion from Co-Op

An­nual Good Fuel Day pro­mo­tion sees more than $10,000 raised for res­i­den­tial sup­port ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Moose Jaw Express.com - - Front Page - Randy Palmer - Moose Jaw Ex­press

For nearly 20 years, Moose Jaw Fam­i­lies for Change has worked to pro­vide res­i­den­tial sup­port ser­vices for those who need as­sis­tance in their day-to-day lives. Thanks to the Co-Op Good Fuel Day pro­mo­tion, their new build­ing -- lo­cated at 335 4th Ave SW, the old South Hill Conexus Credit Union -- will re­ceive some much-needed up­grades and im­prove­ments as they look to ex­pand and cen­tral­ize their wide va­ri­ety of ser­vices. Co-Op re­cently do­nated $10,119 to MJFFC af­ter their an­nual Good Fuel Day, which saw 10 cents from ev­ery litre of fuel sold do­nated to the char­ity. That money will go to good use, said MJFFC pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor Mike Bachiu, es­pe­cially when it comes to ren­o­vat­ing their new space – im­proved wheel­chair ac­cess, ceil­ing tracks and a wide va­ri­ety of other in­fra­struc­ture projects are among the costs that need to be cov­ered. “We’re re­ally happy they de­cided to choose us this year, this do­na­tion will def­i­nitely make a dif­fer­ence,” Bachiu said. “We want to help peo­ple live their best lives pos­si­ble and hav­ing a chance to of­fer new ser­vices and pro­grams is some­thing we al­ways want to be able to do.” The funds will also go to­wards new pro­grams to help res­i­dents im­prove their qual­ity of life – with po­ten­tial cour­ses rang­ing from food prepa­ra­tion and how to go to res­tau­rants to a wide va­ri­ety of day-to-day ac­tiv­i­ties and en­ter­tain­ment res­i­dents might en­joy.

“It’s all part of what we’re try­ing to do to help pro­mote their in­de­pen­dence and qual­ity of life,” Bachiu said. “Some of them might seem like lit­tle things, but it can mean a lot to some­one hav­ing a chance to be­come a lit­tle more in­de­pen­dent in their lives.”

The new fa­cil­ity has the added bonus of cen­tral­iz­ing of­fices from the three group homes Fam­i­lies for Change op­er­ates in the city – pre­vi­ously, of­fice space was lo­cated in the base­ment of each of the homes; now the of­fices are all lo­cated at the new build­ing.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Moose Jaw Fam­i­lies for Change, visit their web­site @www.mjffc.com.

“We want to help peo­ple live their best lives pos­si­ble and hav­ing a chance to of­fer new ser­vices and pro­grams is some­thing we al­ways want to be able to do.” -pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor Mike Bachiu

Moose Jaw Fam­i­lies for Change work­ers and clients ac­cept a cheque for $10,119 from the Moose Jaw Co-Op, pro­ceeds from the Co-Op’s an­nual good fuel days.

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