A local non-profit is feeling the benefits after changing their address last summer.
The Swift Current branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) recently celebrated one year of calling 5th Avenue Northeast, home.
Executive Director of the local CMHA branch, Todd Vallee, said it’s been a great trip around the sun.
“We're just really excited to be in the building,” he said. "The new facility has really allowed us to do a lot more when it comes to programming, we have more members taking part in our programming now, and it's just a comfortable space to operate the different programs that we have here.”
Vallee added that their meal program is one aspect being utilized more in the fully accessible building.
Food donations of all kinds are accepted by the CMHA, from canned soups to breakfast bars, to leftovers from events or functions. They’re one of many places in the city that work hard to tackle food insecurity, but one of the only that accepts prepared food.
A recent addition to the area is the Community Fridge Initiative, which operates a fridge in the downtown core that was contributed by the CMHA from their previous space.
“We would not be in our new space if it weren't for the community—and we do look to give back,” Vallee said. “Our programming is accessible to our members who are referred to us by healthcare professionals. But we're also looking at ways to branch out and hit the nail on the head more with what you’ll find on our sign, which is ‘Mental Health for All.’”
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