TRURO – Maggie’s Place Family Resource Centre is hoping the Town of Truro will give it thousands of dollars to help offset the costs of recent relocation renovations for its new centre.
Linda Legere, executive director of Maggie’s Place Family Resource Centre in Truro, and board member Jon Keddy asked Truro town council for $35,000 on Monday to help pay for recent relocation renovations. The town is considering the request. Monique Chiasson – Truro Daily News
Linda Legere, the facility’s executive director, and board member Jon Keddy approached Truro town council on Monday afternoon with a one-time funding request of $35,000. Maggie’s Place relocated from Arthur Street to Prince Street last fall because of a need for more space due to growing attendance and programming. It cost $138,000 for renovations alone and related bills are due by the end of August.
“We receive donations almost every day, sometimes things like diapers, but we are maxing out on our fundraising and we have to pay our bills,” said Legere at the meeting regarding the existing bill of $74,811.
Legere said Maggie’s Place, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, receives some provincial and federal grants for operation and it does a lot of fundraising throughout most of the year to offer families programming that is free of charge.
“We are needed in the community … and we are the only family resources centre in the county,” Legere said, adding this is the only time the centre has sought municipal funding.
“We will go to the county for the same” funding request, she added.
Town councilllors could not give Legere a final answer on Monday. They noted the budget process has already been completed and if her request had come in a few months ago it could have potentially been part of this year’s budget allocation.
However, council said it will look at the situation during the next two months to “see if we can come up with a solution,” said Truro Mayor Bill Mills.
“It’s a big chunk (of money) to us after the budget has been
made,” said Coun. Tom Chisholm, adding, “I really like what Maggie’s Place does and it is needed in town.”
After the presentation, Legere told the Truro Daily News she is optimistic.
“I’m encouraged because I really felt there was support from the town and that they take it seriously,” Legere said.
If funding is not provided, she said the facility “would look at some next steps” and it would “never” be in a situation that Maggie’s Place would have to close.