What is the Dartmouth Family Centre and Dartmouth North Community Food Centre?
The Family Centre and the Food Centres provide programs that serve the entire community, from infants to seniors and everyone in between. We provide parenting and child development programs, community meals, food skills and gardening workshops, and more. And our work is key, because Dartmouth North has one of the highest rates of child poverty in HRM, with almost 1 in 2 children living in low income households. Click here to see our impact for 2018/19.
What is “One Roof”?
Right now our organization has two separate sites, the Dartmouth Family Centre and the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre. One Roof is the name we’re giving our plans to create a brand new space for the Family Centre at Primrose Plaza beside where the Food Centre’s current location. This will bring our two sites together, and allow us to expand and improve accessible services and programs.
How will One Roof benefit the community?
We’re bringing both sites under one roof because we know that we can do more together, and bring greater benefit to the community. Having one site means:
A fully accessible space: currently the Dartmouth Family Centre is not an accessible building, making it difficult for strollers and people with mobility issues to access the space. The new space will be fully accessible to all.
Integrated programs: having the two sites together will mean better coordination between programs, making it easier for participants to access more services, and increasing cost effectiveness overall.
Intergenerational connections: More connection and learning between age groups.
More volunteer opportunities: being under one roof will mean we can expand our volunteer program.
Is the new space going to be wheelchair accessible?
Definitely!! Accessibility is a key driver of our plans for One Roof.
What is the total amount you need to fundraise for “One Roof”?
Based on early estimates we expect the renovation and related costs to be around $500,000 which we will be raising from a variety of sources. At the same time, we’ll be raising funds for all our operations and programming, making our overall fundraising goal $1.1 million for this year.
Have you made any progress on your capital campaign?
Yes! We have had incredible support so far in our capital campaign, including contributions from our national partner, Community Food Centres Canada, personal donations from our Board of Directors, corporate donations from partners like the Halifax International Airport Authority, and, most recently, a $100,000 contribution from the Province of Nova Scotia.
Who is on the campaign & project team?
Our campaign team is led by Honourary Co-chairs Anne Campbell, owner of NovaScotian Crystal and Danny Chedrawe, President of Westwood Developments and includes our Board Chair Anne Cogdon, Vice Chair Cathy Chenhall, and Executive Director Wendy Fraser. Our project team is led by architect Joe Zareski, founding principal of ZZap and includes design team By + Large Studios and Board members Kristine-Elliot Grace, Kristina McMillan, and Doug Townsend.
How can I help or get involved?
There are a few ways you can get involved. One way is to donate to the capital campaign. Another is to get involved with The Big Social fundraiser, taking place November 1-10, where you host a meal for family and friends, and invite your guests to donate.
You can also follow us on social media, sign up for our newsletter, or even volunteer your time. You can help by telling people you know about our work and the One Roof campaign. If you want to get involved in a big way, please contact us to find out more.
What’s going to happen to the old building?
We have to say a word about our landlord at the old Dartmouth Family Centre site, Mike Burgess. He’s been so incredibly supportive of the Family Centre, including during our plans for this move. We don’t know how the building will be used in the future but we’re definitely spreading the word to nonprofits and other potential tenants.
When will the project be completed?
Our timelines are a moving target right now, but we expect that the new space will be ready within the first half of 2020, but will announce updates when we have more finalized dates.
Has the community been consulted?
Yes, we held two information sessions in August to share our plans with community members and are committed to keeping participants posted on our progress throughout the process.
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