Family Services of Dufferin-Peel to open family justice centre

  • May 14, 2010
Catholic Family Service of Dufferin-Peel new centreBRAMPTON, Ont. - A man who lost his job is anxious about how to pay the bills. He’s run out of savings, his credit cards are maxed out. This causes anxiety, depression, even domestic abuse as tensions mount at home, taking a toll on the family.

A woman who suffers abuse at the hands of her husband is afraid to file a report with police. Her children who witness the abuse are traumatized.

These are examples of people who will be helped by a new, all-in-one family justice centre being built in Brampton by Catholic Family Services of Dufferin-Peel. The building has yet to be named.

The project received $5 million from the federal government on May 8. Transport and Infrastructure Minister John Baird made the funding announcement. He was joined by several Brampton-area politicians and former Ontario Premier Bill Davis, who was one of the project’s key supporters. The project also received $1 million from Ontario’s Ministry of Community and Social Services two years ago. Catholic Family Services plans to raise the final  $4 million through fundraising to complete the $10-million, 30,000-square foot facility.

“This is an incredible day, not only for our agency, but also for service providers within Peel-Dufferin whose vision it is to ease the suffering of people in their time of greatest need by helping them access support services at a single stop,” said Andrea Broadley, president of Catholic Family Services of Dufferin-Peel board of directors, at the press conference.

The new facility will also be home to other public and non-profit agencies, including Peel Region’s first family justice and child advocacy centre. There is no  date for when the shovels will be in the ground, but construction is expected to be completed by March 31, 2011.

Doug Bird, Catholic Family Services’ manager of fundraising and communications, said the new facility will house all of its services and will be partnering with social service agencies to focus on domestic violence. It hopes to partner with Peel Regional Police and the crown attorney’s office.

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