Mar
15
2022

Province announces new operator of the Community Outreach Centre

(l-r): Major Paul Rideout, Area Commander, Maritime Division, The Salvation Army; Roxanne Carter Thompson, Ex. Dir. The Adventure Group; Hon. Brad Trivers, Min. Social Development & Housing; & John Horrelt, Chair, Board of Directors, The Adventure Group

The Community Outreach Centre will have a new operator beginning April 18th, 2022.   

The Adventure Group will lead the day-to-day operations of the Centre with support from partners; the Canadian Mental Health Association – PEI Division, Upper Room Hospitality Ministry and ResourceAbilities. The Adventure Group will also have the involvement and support of all members of the working group.  

“Just over two years ago, the Community Outreach Centre opened as a pilot program for a warming shelter and it has evolved into a critical support service for Islanders. The centre would not be where it is today without the critical work of the Salvation Army and the Community Outreach Centre Working Group, who have worked tirelessly to support marginalized Islanders. The Adventure Group and the Government of PEI share a common goal of creating opportunities for learning and development, at any age. The department looks forward to working with The Adventure Group to increase supports and services offered at the Community Outreach Centre.”

- Social Development and Housing Minister Brad Trivers

The Adventure Group will be implementing more supports at the Community Outreach Centre including additional case management, access to mental health services and career counselling.

“We are excited to embark on this next chapter and continuing to build on the solid foundation the Salvation Army has laid for the Community Outreach Centre,” says Roxanne Carter Thompson, Executive Director of The Adventure Group. “We look forward to working collaboratively with other organizations, expanding the program and services for clients to respond to basic needs, improving health and wellness, addressing housing insecurity and building skills for success.”

The centre will continue to be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Support will be offered to people seeking financial assistance, counselling, employment, food and housing. Islanders will also be able to access washrooms, laundry facilities, telephones and computers as well as connections to community and government organizations and services. 

Oversight of the centre is provided by a working group that includes Blooming House; Canadian Mental Health Association; City of Charlottetown – Police Services; Community Legal  Information; Department of Social Development and Housing; Health PEI Mental Health and Addictions; John Howard Society; Mi’kmaq Confederacy of Prince Edward Island; Native Council of Prince Edward Island; PEERS Alliance; PEI Council of People with Disabilities; Salvation Army; The Adventure Group, and the Upper Room Food Bank.

Community Outreach Centre services can be accessed in person at 241 Euston Street, by phone at 902-367-3884 or 2-1-1 and 211 PEI

Media contact:
Rebecca Gass
Social Development and Housing
902-620-3409
rjgass@gov.pe.ca

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PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-620-3777
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