Funding requested to help pay for renovations to new Maggie's Place facility

Harry Sullivan
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TRURO - The parents and kids "just love our space" and the staff now has a place to hang their hats.

Maggie's Place board member Blair Carter and executive director Linda Legere appeared before Colchester County council on Tuesday to request funding assistance to help pay for renovation costs to the group's new facility in Truro. 

But moving to a new, larger location was an expensive proposition for Maggie's Place Family Resource Centre, and with a capital debt of more than $72,000 still remaining from renovation costs, somehow those bills have to be paid.

To that end, executive director Linda Legere and board member Blair Carter appeared before Colchester County council Tuesday night to ask for a $35,000 taxpayer contribution, the same as has been requested from the Town of Truro.

"I know $35,000 is a lot of capital," Carter said during the joint presentation. "I know you have to be careful with dollars."

Legere told council that about 60 per cent of the families served through the centre come from within the boundaries of Colchester County.

Maggie's Place served 749 families over the past year, council heard, which translated into 6,000 children visits and 4,600 adults who participated in the centre's various programs.

Maggies Place moved into its new facility on East Prince Street last September after being at its former Arthur Street location for 19 years.

Although the space the centre now occupies is leased, the group was responsible for the renovations necessary to convert the building to its needs. The total cost of the renovations was $137,207, and after receiving individual and community donations of $64,342, a balance of $72,865 remains.

Council referred the request to a future committee meeting for consideraton.

hsullivan@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @tdnharry

 

Organizations: Place Family Resource Centre, Colchester County council

Geographic location: Truro, Colchester County, Maggies Place East Prince Street Arthur Street

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  • Beth
    May 29, 2014 - 11:34

    I am a huge supporter of Maggie's Place. Sincere question though, that the article did not address: aren't funding requests usually made *before * a project has been completed? What are the ramifications if the council chooses not to fulfill this request?

  • Deputy Wiggum
    May 29, 2014 - 07:11

    Maggie's Place is an absolute gem, and something our community needs to keep supporting. I hope the funding goes through. Keep it up, everyone!