GUELPH — The Guelph Wellington Women in Crisis Centre received $100,000 in funding from the province Thursday.
Guelph MPP Liz Sandals was at the centre to make the announcement.
The centre will use the money to repair a leaky roof atop the warehouse portion of the facility at 38 Elizabeth St., where buckets catch water during storms.
“When we purchased the building we knew it had problems,” the centre’s executive director Sly Castaldi said. “We patched the roof as best we could. But now, we need a whole new roof.”
In 2008, the women’s organization received $802,000 from the provincial government to move into the facility.
The old building at 18 Norwich St. was simply too small.
“We wouldn’t be able to run this service, to provide a safe environment for women and kids, without the provincial government,” Castaldi said. “The province has invested in our agency and look what we’ve accomplished.”
Renovations to accessibility, security and building code requirements have been ongoing at the Elizabeth Street facility which once housed offices and the warehouse.
“This money is timely,” Castaldi said, “because we just received a bill for some renovations two weeks ago.”
The 33-year-old Guelph Wellington Women in Crisis Centre assists women who have experienced emotional, physical, sexual and/or financial abuse. The centre provides emergency housing, counselling, support groups, a 24-hour Crisis Line and other services to women in Guelph and Wellington County.
“The work done here is amazing,” Sandals said. “It takes a woman a long time to find the courage to leave an abusive relationship. And the support this agency provides them is incredible.”