A local drop-in centre is set to receive funding from two levels of government to revamp its community kitchen.
Teen Stop Jeunesse’s Community Kitchen Project will receive funding from the province and the city for renovations that will include a roof replacement and upgrades to its kitchen, which provides healthy meals for youth and acts as a gathering place for seniors in St. Vital, officials say.
The province and the city are providing $30,000 through Phase Two of the Manitoba/Winnipeg Building Communities Initiative (BCI) ll partnership — a multi-year, 50/50 cost-shared capital initiative.
Teen Stop Jeunesse (formerly Ron’s Drop-in Centre), located at 533 St. Anne’s Rd., opened in 1980 to give young people a safe place to gather outside school hours. The centre has evolved into a registered charity that offers youth, aged eight to 18, programming in arts and crafts, homework support and music, as well as life skills such as cleaning and laundry, simple maintenance and yard work and preparing healthy snacks and meals.
The slated improvements will include enhanced access, new cabinetry, a double oven, a large commercial fridge and freezer, plus the roofing work. The centre will use the revamped kitchen to expand the cooking component of its life skills program, support the nutrition program and provide healthy lunches for high school students in the area in the fall. The kitchen will also continue to be a meeting place for seniors in the community.
In a news release, Children and Youth Opportunities Minister Kevin Chief said the centre’s kitchen helps bring the community together.
"(It) provides an important resource to engage our young people through training opportunities," Chief said. "It’s an excellent example of how a community can come together to work with youth and help them develop a variety of valuable skills, such as learning to cook, in a safe and welcoming environment."
For more information about the centre, visit www.teenstop.ca