Tril­lium gives Re­source Cen­tre new lease on life

The Daily Observer - - FRONT PAGE - SEAN CHASE

KILLALOE – The Com­mu­nity Re­source Cen­tre (CRC) has been given a new lease on life af­ter re­ceiv­ing fund­ing from the On­tario Tril­lium Foun­da­tion for a much needed up­grade.

The cen­tre, lo­cated at 12 North Street, pro­vides a venue for the com­mu­nity to gain ac­cess to the con­nec­tions, op­por­tu­ni­ties, sup­ports and ser­vices they need. More im­por­tantly, the fa­cil­ity has many ser­vices that would not oth­er­wise be avail­able in this part of Ren­frew County. That was the mes­sage dur­ing a rib­bon cut­ting cer­e­mony on Sep. 8.

“We run pro­grams that re­ally help some of our fam­i­lies liv­ing in the most vul­ner­a­ble of sit­u­a­tions,” said ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Bill Smith.

The ren­o­va­tions ex­tended to a meet­ing space, kitchen and room for youth and kids pro­grams. The On­tario Tril­lium Foun­da­tion con­trib­uted $33,800 in fund­ing to the project. Speak­ing on be­half of Ren­frew-Nipiss­ing-Pem­broke MPP John Yakabuski, con­stituency as­sis­tant Laura Lap­in­skie com­mended the CRC for its ded­i­ca­tion to im­prov­ing the qual­ity of life for in­di­vid­u­als in the com­mu­nity. She noted that Yakabuski has fol­lowed the cen­tre’s progress and sees great value in the ser­vices and pro­grams it pro­vides.

“We think this fa­cil­ity is won­der­ful from a hands-on per­spec­tive,” said Lap­in­skie. “We know you are go­ing to con­tinue to meet not only the com­mu­nity’s needs to date but ad­dress those ones of to­mor­row.”

The CRC was es­tab­lished in 1987 as a project of Women Ini­ti­at­ing Re­spon­si­ble Change. Among its ear­li­est ini­tia­tives was an adult lit­er­acy pro­gram and Buried Trea­sure – a shop that sold used cloth­ing and house­hold items. This shop pro­vided not only a re­source for mem­bers of the com­mu­nity, but a way for peo­ple to be­come fa­mil­iar with the cen­tre.

To­day, it pro­motes Toy Bus, a mo­bile On­tario Early Years Cen­tre and Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Pro­gram for Chil­dren serv­ing sev­eral ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties from Cob­den to Whit­ney, and Kidz Kas­tle, a preschool pro­gram that pro­vides chil­dren ages 18 months to six years with a rich learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment, child-led play, crafts, and nu­tri­tious snacks and lunches. The CRC also sup­ports food and toy drives dur­ing the hol­i­days, and the Snow­suit and Back­pack pro­grams un­der the Ren­frew County Poverty Ac­tion Net­work.

The CRC pro­vides in­for­ma­tion and re­fer­ral as­sis­tance by way of the tele­phone, in­ter­net, di­rec­to­ries and in per­son to in­di­vid­u­als con­nect peo­ple to ser­vices to as­sist with Em­ploy­ment In­sur­ance, On­tario Dis­abil­i­ties Sup­port Pro­gram, On­tario Works, in­come tax form re­trieval, Canada Pen­sion Plan, child day care sub­si­dies and ten­ant is­sues.

SEAN CHASE/DAILY OB­SERVER

Laura Lap­in­skie, con­stituency as­sis­tant for Ren­frew-Nipiss­ing-Pem­broke MPP John Yakabuski, presents Com­mu­nity Re­source Cen­tre ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Bill Smith with a On­tario Tril­lium Foun­da­tion grant of $33,800 that will go to­wards ren­o­va­tions of the cen­tre's North Street lo­ca­tion.

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