The long awaited move to a new home has arrived for Families First, and staff are busy packing up their offices, furniture and program materials from the downtown location, storage rooms, and from the Children’s Indoor Play Space (ChIPS) location in the Riverside Building. The Families First Society closed the door for the last time on Friday January 15, 2016 at their downtown location and normal operations are planned to resume on February 1, 2016 at the new location.
Mayor Gale Katchur was one of the volunteers who came out to help Families First with the move and was busy building book shelves while waiting for the moving truck to arrive. Katchur was beyond excited saying " Its moving day for Families First, and its so exciting that the old RCMP detachment as it become they official home for Families First." Katchur went on to say she can not wait to see all the furniture in the building and see everything come together.
There are finishing touches to complete, some areas continue to be renovated over the next month, and staff and families need an opportunity to unpack, set up, reorganize, install signage and settle into the new place before the new Families First home will be ready for additional guests.
There will be an open house on Saturday, April 9 between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Families, community members, supporters, donors, community partners and people who may simply be curious about what Families First has done inside their new home will have an opportunity to visit, have tours and take part in a celebration with food, fun and family friendly activities. If you are interested in the grand opening watch the Families First website for details nearer to that date regarding the public opportunity to see the building transformation from the former RCMP station to Families First’s new home.