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A six-week gap between buildings won’t keep the North End Family Centre from building community.
NEFC moved out of its old location at 1322 Main St. on Oct. 9. However, renovations at its new 1344 Main St. location are taking longer than expected.
NEFC founder and executive director Kyle Mason said the community gathering place is also waiting on an occupancy permit from the city. He anticipates NEFC’s new location to be open by Mon., Nov. 23.
Mason said NEFC will still serve the community in the interim.
"Our good friends at St. John’s Cathedral (135 Anderson Ave.) are donating some office space to us," Mason said. "Our Empowering Families Program and our new program, one we’re doing in partnership with the Winnipeg Boldness Project, helping families sign up for the Canada Learning Bond, are going to operate out of St. John’s Cathedral."
Mason said NEFC notified the community about the gap between locations a little over a month ago. He said updates will be posted at www.northendfamilycentre.org and on social media, as well as on the windows of the new building, to keep the public informed.
According to Mason, staying put at its former location until the new building was completed wasn’t an option.
"This project is about a year behind schedule," Mason said. "We ran into some very significant bumps and red tape and our landlord was very patient, understanding and supportive. We were given flexibility long past any signed formal lease, but they have a new tenant lined up for Nov. 1 and they need some time to paint the walls and do some minor renovations."
A few bumps in the road won’t stop NEFC from holding two of its biggest annual events.
NEFC presents its annual fundraising gala on Fri., Nov. 6 at the Viscount Gort Hotel (1670 Portage Ave.). The event will be hosted by CBC News anchor Janet Stewart and will feature speaker Shane Claiborne, an activist and author of TheIrresistible Revolution. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 at Eventbrite.
Also, NEFC will throw its community Christmas party at St. John’s Cathedral on Tues., Nov. 17. Community members will be treated to a meal, a Christmas program and children’s gifts.
In addition to the two programs and upcoming NEFC events, Mason said he and his team will aim to be available to the community is less formal ways.
"If people just need to talk, if they need a listening ear, call us. Someone will answer and we’ll do our best," he said.
NEFC programs offered at St. John’s Cathedral are available by appointment only. Appointments can be made by calling NEFC at 204-582-7927 or emailing email@example.com
Community journalist — The Times
Jared Story was the community journalist for The Times until 2017.