“A place where everyone knows your name!” – Central Station Chair Phillip Vallelly on the Grand Opening of the new facility.  – PembinaValleyOnline.com

Yesterday, a crowd of group members, enterprise folks, Central Station volunteers and employees gathered Tuesday to have a good time the grand opening of the new facility at 555 Main Street in Winkler.   

The facility is provided with a big, spacious licensed kitchen, and consuming and assembly space, in addition to a number of workplaces for group accomplice organizations to satisfy with folks for assist, a childcare room, and a multipurpose room with dividers for programming. The Winkler Food Cupboard can also be positioned at the finish of the constructing, full with freezer and cooler house. 

Board Chair Phillip Vallelly shared the coronary heart for the new areas, realizing limits needed to be in place to remain centered on their mission. The board created 4 pillars to information their work.  

“Our imaginative and prescient is to strengthen group partnerships. We need the Central Station employees crew to be important and really assist different organizations make the most of the constructing. Centre Homes, (Winkler’s Affordable Housing) we wish to spend money on Center Homes, we’ve got a crew with three folks working with the tenants of these properties offering a group house, which is an enormous half, which once more we use each week, day-after-day. The fourth one was amplifying the voice of the unvoiced. We know we will grow to be an advocate for these folks inside our group, who haven’t got any individual to characterize them, any individual who could not have any individual to assist them once they’re in a troublesome place.”  

Vallelly mentioned this house was made attainable by so many individuals, companies and The Government of Manitoba. 

“Community assist has been, from my perspective, overwhelming, in phrases of the volunteer community that we’ve got. It is overwhelming in phrases of even folks, simply the donations by means of the construct. As a not-for-revenue, it isn’t that we have tons of cash. We have a bit of a mortgage that we would like to repay and it might be nice simply to get that off our backs, however in phrases of monetary assist, it has been unbelievable. But extra the phrase-of-mouth assist folks say, ‘Have you heard?’ ‘Have you heard what they’re doing?’ ‘Have you seen what they’re doing?”  

In March of 2021, then, Justice Minister Cameron Friesen introduced $150,000 in funding for the Winkler, Altona and Swan River Community Hubs by means of the Community Mobilization Hub Grant. 

In the press launch, Minister Friesen defined the significance of this sort of assist. 

“Community mobilization hubs present a proactive and coordinated method to serving to folks in communities. This method focuses on bringing collectively the companies, organizations and helps that in any other case work alone, enhancing group security, guaranteeing higher use of police sources and placing folks first. Our authorities is proud to be increasing this progressive program to extra communities throughout Manitoba.” 

Vallelly famous along with supporting folks in the group, Central Station is supporting different communities who wish to recreate their very own hubs and have subsequently obtained funding from the grant. 

“We have been in a position to create one thing right here by means of tons of partnerships, tons of relationships, tons of belief with different group companies, and we imagine that different rural communities mustn’t have to try this quantity of work. So, our final dream was to switch Central Station into as many rural communities as attainable, to alleviate justice, to assist with the justice system, to assist with group companies and partnerships.” 

Tours and conferences with different communities have helped launch different group facilities round the province. 

Merchandise is on the market in the heart. Many volunteers and employees have been carrying t-shirts with the new brand and assertion, “I Belong”. Vallelly defined why they selected that exact message.  
“We wished a place where all people knows your identify.” – Board Chair Phillip Vallelly on why “I Belong” is the slogan on their t-shirts.
“Part of the imaginative and prescient behind the constructing was this was not simply to be a place for shoppers or individuals who had wants. We wished any individual to have the ability to put on the T-shirt and say, they wore the t-shirt ‘trigger they’ll stroll in right here and go, ‘I really belong in right here,’ ‘I can sit in the stunning leather-based seats,’ ‘I can go and have espresso,’ ‘I can go and have apple pie ‘trigger I can belong right here.’ Actually, it actually does not matter who you might be, we wished a place where all people knows your identify.”   

There is all the time recent baking made day-after-day and programming reminiscent of group meals, the Bag Program, Easy Eats Program, Women’s Fitness, Cooking Classes and extra.  People are invited to come back in and discover assist or volunteer.  For extra data try the Central Station web site. 


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