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Langs Community Health Centre in the News

Langs Community Health Centre in Cambridge, ON, has been a long time client of PeaceWorks.  We are excited that they were able to partner with the City of Cambridge and the Cambridge Masonic Centre to open a new community centre. 

Read more about this new community centre.

Cambridge Times
by Ray Martin

CAMBRIDGE – It has taken almost three years of planning, but last month Langs officials, working with the City of Cambridge and the Cambridge Masonic Centre, quietly opened a new community centre north of Highway 401.

“It’s taken a lot to get to this point and we couldn’t have done it without the help of the city and the masons,” said Langs executive director Bill Davidson as he toured the new facility last week with Mayor Doug Craig and Coun. Mike Devine.

In January 2012, Langs took over the operation of Popcorn House drop-in centre after Future Vision Ministries could no longer continue to operate the facility.

Langs staff later drew up plans to move its $1 million, 3,600-square-foot portable facility in Ayr to the site leased from the Cambridge Masonic Centre.

“So far everything is working out great and things are coming together,” Davidson said.

Langs has signed a 10-year lease with the Cambridge Masonic Centre for the new community centre, which will serve southeast Hespeler.

“It’s a good fit,” Mason president Dave Weldon said. “Our aim is to improve society and make it better, and their goal is to help the community.”

Now called the Grow Community Centre, at 1 Groh Ave., it offers three programs for youth – Monday Night Drop-In, Tuesday Girls Club and an after-school program.

Community services director Nancy Mykitschak said Langs has been making inroads into the community in Hespeler. It has been working closely with Hespeler’s Centennial Public School for several years and makes use of the school’s gym.

Meanwhile, the work of repurposing the two large trailers that house Grow is continuing. They had previoulys served as the North Dumfries Community Health Centre in Ayr. When Langs moved its health services into the North Dumfries Community Complex, the twin trailers were moved to Hespeler and work on the conversion began.

Though some of the existing spaces are being retained for future office use by a social worker, community outreach worker and eventually some sort of medical service, other parts of the building have been converted for use as a general purpose room, kitchen, meeting rooms and administration.

Through time, Mykitschak said more programs would be added for all ages. Among those being considered are an adult cooking course, early years drop-in program and breakfast club, but other programs will also be developed.

“Next week our new community outreach worker starts and she’ll be going out to talk to the community to see what programs they want to see here,” Mykitschak said.

Programs already in place are working well. Roughly 30 children are taking part in the after-school program and this week’s March break program is packed.

Fahad Ishan is an enthusiastic peer volunteer in the after-school program.

“I love my work,” he said, as he takes a break from helping home of the younger program participants with their homework.

“It’s great working with the kids and volunteering has really helped me learn the language and further my potential,” he said.

To help get Grow up and going, the City of Cambridge has contributed roughly $150,000 to help establish the community centre in its new location and provide funding for its operation five days per week.

Although the Grow community centre is a new venture, Langs officials aren’t about to forget the work done by its predecessor organization.

“Popcorn House laid the foundation in the community for this centre,” Davidson said. “Chris and Dan Hayhoe did a great job here.”

When the facility is officially opened in September, a room in Grow will be named in honour of the Hayhoes and Popcorn House.

 

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