LCYC opens new digs


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January 19, 2017 12:00 AM

The Lloydminster Interval Home and the Lloydminster Community Youth Centre (LCYC) joined forces last year, and next month are opening the doors of its new location.
After renovating the old RCMP building on the Saskatchewan side of the city, the Interval Home, and its new division, the LCYC, are almost ready to move in and want to invite the public to its grand opening with a series of meet and greets in the third week of February.
“We don’t have all the details solidified yet, but we want to have some meet and greet events,” said Angela Rooks-Trotzuk, executive director of the Interval Home.
“We’ll have a night where parents and the general public can come, because we really want people to come and see the youth centre and see that it is a positive healthy place for kids to come and use recreation and social supports as a way to engage in the community,”
She added there may be some negative stereotypes the youth centre struggles with, as some in the community might just see it as a place where kids hang out and get into trouble, and she said board members and staff would like to remove that stigma by having the public come and see what the place is really all about. 
The LCYC started in the 90s and up until this year has been running its operation in the upstairs portion of the St. John’s Anglican Church, which offers about a third of the space the new location will provide.
Rooks-Trotzuk said its amazing the LCYC was able to offer the awesome services it has from the smaller venue above the church, and praised St. John’s for letting them rent the space below market value so the organization could keep its doors open, but now it’s time to move on up to the east side.
The Interval Home will also be moving some of its programs into the new building, like its Home Outreach and Child Wellness programs, still leaving some empty space the organization would eventually like to rent out to another like-minded or similar organization.
“We’re looking at moving some of our operations into the other half of that building for sure, so half of the building is youth centre space, and we’re in the process of renovating the other parts of that building for our own purposes, relocating the programs we do out of Midwest Outreach Centre over into that building,” she said.
“Because we would like to be able to eventually sell Midwest Outreach Centre to create some liquidity for us to be able to build a new shelter.”
The amalgamation of the two organizations happened when board members of the LCYC were looking for ways to support its internal operational structure, and saw the Interval Home as an agency with a like-minded purpose in the community.
The Interval Home has been in the community for 37 years, and with its long standing management team structure, and reputation in the Border City as a leader in addressing domestic violence, poverty and abuse, the LCYC thought the home was a good fit for partnership.
“We’ll now be the organization in the community that reaches the largest demographic of people that are dealing with abuse, so whether that be physical abuse, poverty, whichever, people dealing with life crises, we now have access to the widest spectrum of ages in that service area,” said Rooks-Trotzuk
The groups made the official announcement of the amalgamation at the Lloydminster Interval Home’s annual general meeting last June.
Rooks-Trotzuk also wants the public to know of the new building’s soft launch grand opening on Febr. 1, where youth are invited to help work out the kinks and make sure everything’s in place before bringing the rest of the public in.
Though details are still being solidified, she said open house nights for the rest of the community will likely be Feb. 15 and 16, but she promises specific information will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.

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