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West End support organization celebrates 40 years

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A West End organization will soon be celebrating 40 years of helping pregnant women, children and families in the inner city.

Pregnancy and Family Support Services (PFSS) is holding an open house on Sept. 11 at 4 p.m. to show off recent changes to the organization and celebrate its 40th anniversary.

This organization is a charity dedicated to providing services to support pregnant women, foster family life, and empower individuals. It was founded in 1973 as a 24-hour-a-day crisis line for pregnant women.

Forty years later, it blossomed into a licensed child care centre, counselling office, and adult resource centre through which they run parenting classes, mental health workshops, and prenatal classes.

Up until today, the child care centre had 20 spaces for children. Now there are 36 spaces for children because the adult resource centre was moved from the child care centre at 100-475 Sargent Ave. to 555 Spence St., executive director Cassandra Houle said.

"And we moved our administration and counselling offices to 4-505 Sargent Ave.," Houle added.

That makes a total of three buildings, all near each other on the corner of Spence St. and Sargent Ave.

The renovations cost $400,000 with funds from Community Places and Manitoba Housing.

The open house will take place at the expanded child care centre (100-475 Sargent Ave.). There will be coffee, cake, reports, and community presentations.

PFSS also runs the Spence Street Thrift Shop in the same building as the adult resource centre.
"(It) was created to give the community access to high-quality clothing," Houle said. "It doesn’t matter if it’s Tommy Hilfiger or not — all of our jeans are $2.50. All children’s clothing is 75 cents. The idea is families are empowered to provide for their own children as opposed to going to an agency to ask for help."

For more information, call 204-772-9091.

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