The new Rising Above building is slowly getting rebuilt with plans for occupants to move in by the end of November. Director Mel Siggelkow explains that there is still some work to do on the old Young Offenders Centre.
There was a lot of demolition type work to do. There was removal of cabinets, scraping walls, painting and removal of flooring. All of that is pretty much taken care of. It is now time to start putting it back together with a new look from an institution to a home.”
The building was empty for years when the city bought the building for $1 from the province with stipulation that the new occupants had to be of betterment to the community. Rising Above provides addiction and learning services for the community.
Recently, the organization was cleared by the city of around $1400 in building and development permit fees.
The building will be able to hold around 15 men and the larger facility will also give Rising Above the ability to provide more addiction support.
The men are set to move in around the end of November with the administration staff moving in around Christmas time.