Small­wood Cres­cent Cen­tre get­ting facelift

Renos will pro­vide bet­ter space for pro­grams

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY COLIN FAR­RELL THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE Colin.far­[email protected]­

Marys­town, NL — Pro­grams of­fered by the Small­wood Cres­cent Com­mu­nity Cen­tre are be­ing of­fered in tem­po­rary lo­ca­tions as the cen­tre un­der­goes a ren­o­va­tion.

“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.”

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