On Friday, December 9, 2016, Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca began construction on its new North East Ontario Family Help and Treatment Centre, which will be located on Oak Street in North Bay. Dignitaries, funders, community partners, youth and families celebrated the occasion with a balloon release and ceremonial groundbreaking.
At 18,000 ft2, the new Centre will be a regional clinical facility, featuring space to support the growing need and demand for mental health services. The Centre will
- Serve as the base for over 35 clinical professionals;
- Operate as a hub to address needs across North East Ontario, using technology to improve connectivity, resulting in better and quicker access to services;
- Be fully-integrated with the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) to allow accessibility for clients and families in remote locations; and,
- Be a training centre for clients, families and other partner organizations.
“Hands provides exceptional services that are critical to the development and well-being of children, youth and their families,” said Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services. “With our government’s investment in this new facility, Hands will be able to better deliver these services, ultimately reaching even more children, youth and families in the North Bay area.”
Hands has been quietly fundraising for this new building and has already raised $1 million through community support. Hands’ Family Matters Campaign has a total goal of $2 million. The expected completion date of the nearly $9 million project is October 31st, 2017.
Jeffrey Hawkins, Executive Director at Hands remarked “this new Centre will provide a respectful and welcoming space to support families who need help and guidance, both locally and across our Region. We are incredibly grateful to our funders and to the donors who have generously contributed to our Family Matters Campaign and made this long awaited project a reality.”
Donations can be made to the Family Matters Campaign by calling Hands at 705.476.2293, or online at www.TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca/Donations.