St. Matthew`s House celebrated the Grand Re-Opening of SMCC and Food Bank
On Friday, May 6, St. Matthew`s House welcomed community partners, donors, and VIP guests to the Grand Re-Opening of its St. Matthew`s Children`s Centre (SMCC) and Food Bank.
Both SMCC and the Food Bank underwent renovations in 2015. It was the first time either building had any major updates since the 1980s.
"I`m so happy we`ve had the opportunity to redevelop our buildings and improve our services for the children and those we work with in our community. Thirty years is a long time to go without any major improvements," said Steve Leighfield, St. Matthew`s House Executive Director.
The renovations at SMCC totalled $500,000. The Children`s Centre moved its operations from the second floor to the first floor to improve accessibility and add an additional classroom to support its new infant program. A grant from the City of Hamilton allowed St. Matthew`s House to introduce the new program which increased the centre`s capacity by 10 spaces. Now St. Matthew`s House is able to care for its neighbourhood children from infancy until they`re ready to go to school.
"The improvements made here on this site will ensure that St. Matt’s continues to be able to offer a safe and loving environment for children. This is a place where they will be nurtured and nourished, allowed to grow and learn. They will feel loved and feel secure here," said Glenna Swing, St. Matthew`s House Board Chair.
The renovations at the Food Bank were fully funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The work cost $143,000. The largest portion of the money was used to support the foundation. The renovations increased the depth of the basement, waterproofed and stabilized the structure, ensuring St. Matthew`s House will be able to continue providing services to its community for years to come. The biggest improvement for guests is the enlarged waiting area which leaves fewer people waiting outside for services and a new window decal which provides privacy and dignity for those inside.
At the Grand Re-Opening, St. Matthew`s House invited guests to tour the renovated facilities. During the official ceremony Mayor Fred Eisenberger and Alex Johnstone from MP David Christopherson`s office brought greetings. St. Matthew`s ended the Grand Re-Opening with the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Niagara, The Right Reverend Michael Bird, cutting the ribbon to officially re-open the buildings.
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St. Matthew’s House is a charitable, non-profit multi-service agency located in the inner-city of Hamilton. We have been providing services to the most vulnerable in our community since the mid sixties. Our core services focus on Emergency Food Assistance, Child Services and Seniors’ Care. St. Matthew’s House provides these services to all those in need, regardless of their race, gender or religious beliefs.
For more information please contact:
Genevieve Wong, Fund Development Manager
St. Matthew`s House
905-523-5546 x 227