Currently over 1,500 seniors are on waiting lists for affordable housing in the Niagara Region and 600 of these wait-listed seniors are in St. Catharines. The Stokes Community Village will respond to this urgent need by providing 33 affordable apartments for seniors; onsite support services such as meal preparation, recreational programs and housekeeping will also be offered.
In addition to the affordable seniors housing component, the Stokes Community Village will place a fitness facility and community centre into the heart of the Queenston Street area of St. Catharines, an area well known for graffiti, vandalism, prostitution and drug trafficking. The Community Centre will include a large multi-purpose room and a commercially sized community kitchen. Planned activities include fitness classes, nutritional counseling, meal planning, community canning days and household budgeting. The opportunities for volunteer based youth and adult mentoring are excellent as a result of the seniors living on the site.
Goodwill Niagara has been providing Workforce Development programs for many years. We are now operating our first construction-training program, “Constructing our Future” with 12 trainees who are receiving classroom training at our Normandy Resource Centre and hands-on on the job training at the Stokes Community Village site as members of the construction crew.
Goodwill Niagara has secured the necessary funding to purchase the building and renovate the Affordable Housing component of the centre. We are now carrying out a Capital Campaign within our community to cover the costs associated with the Community Centre and Training Facility.
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