Hub in danger of closing

A successful program designed as a 'one-stop shop' for families is in danger of closing.

The Central Okanagan Family Hub opened to much fanfare and anticipation in September 2016 at Pearson Elementary School in Rutland.

Since then, facilitators of the program say 4,000 visitors have been served each year.

Now, according to a letter from the Central Okanagan Board of Education, the facility may be forced to close at the end of this year after promised funding from the Ministry of Children and Family Development was pulled.

The board has written to MCFD Minister Katrine Conroy, Minister of Education Rob Fleming and Health Minister Adrian Dix with a plea for funding to keep the facility open.

According to the letter, the Family Hub had been receiving a $55,000 annual grant from MCFD intended to last for five years, however, those funds were recently reallocated to a "different service after only three years."

"The Central Okanagan Family Hub is a unique service our community can ill afford to lose," the letter states.

"We know that to successfully support and educate a child we must ensure the welfare of the family, and the Family Hub has three years of helping more than 12,000 visitors, which demonstrates its success in that endeavour."

Clients include newcomers to Canada, Indigenous families, single parents and grandparents raising children.

"Beyond connecting people to crucial health and community services, the caring and culturally sensitive staff uses the space directly to integrate people into the community, provide childcare while parents access programs, and teach essential skills to both children and adults."

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