On June 8, 2012, Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca in front of community partners, dignitaries and staff, broke ground at their new Therapeutic Youth Learning Residence which will be located at 770 John St.
This new Therapeutic Youth Learning Residence will serve as a single-storey, multi-unit therapeutic educational facility located on the corner of John Street and Third Avenue.
“This project symbolizes a huge step forward in our ability to serve youth in need across this region.” said Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca Executive Director, Jeffrey Hawkins. “This is an example of our organization’s continued growth in the North Bay area. It helps us move toward our objective of helping families and everyone in them.”
MP Jay Aspin, a representative from Nipissing District MPP Vic Fedeli’s office, Deputy Mayor Sean Lawlor and representatives from the Ministry of Child and Youth Services were on hand to offer their support.
Sean Lawlor, Deputy Mayor commented, “On behalf of the City of North Bay, we are very excited to be participating in the ground breaking. This building represents a huge step forward for Hands and I would like to thank and congratulate them on this momentous occasion. Hands provides such a great set of services for this community and this new facility will allow them to help even more families.”
Project Architect, Marcus Wheeler said, “the design for the residence was based upon the concept of a healthy, family home setting. Instead of an institutional building, it offers a comfortable, therapeutic healing environment for children and their families. The relaxed and soft interior finishes, furnishings and colors will be echoed on the exterior, also designed to suit our familiar ideas of a home within a local residential neighborhood and natural setting”.
Hands – TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca offers programs including early intervention (prenatal to six), and child and youth mental health services for Nipissing, Muskoka and Parry Sound. Hands also provides Autism support for children, youth and families across Northeastern Ontario as well as clinical leaderships for adults with developmentally disabilities in Northern Ontario.