Wesley moving programs to larger site next winter, day centre to close in March – Hamilton

Central Hamilton, Ontario. The nonprofit, which helps people experiencing poverty and homelessness, says the set will move to a larger site that now houses a nursing home.

In a release Tuesday, Wesley Urban Ministries said it has agreed to move from its current location at 52 Catherine Street North to 467 Main Street East, where the Carlyle Retirement Residence is now located.

In a release, the agency said the move would take place in the winter of 2023-2024, citing the worsening housing crisis and rising numbers of refugees entering the city as reasons for the change.

“As the largest refugee resettlement organization in the region, Wesley assisted more than 1,000 people last year, including 650 government-sponsored refugees from Afghanistan, Syria and around the world,” the ministry said in a statement.

Looking for alternative outlets to serve the Hamilton, Halton and Brantford areas, Wesley revealed the need to relocate and close the Katherine facility in October.

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Wesley executive director Don Seymour said the new site will host special care rooms and individual suites with the support of Wesley staff and related professionals.

“With this new facility, Wesley will be an even greater source of hope and help to those who have experienced unspeakable trauma,” Seymour said.

But the Wesley Day Center drop-in is a new move, as the agency says it’s working with partners in other cities to find alternatives for people who need this kind of service. It is not part of the site equipment.

The current drop-in on Catherine Street will close on March 31, 2023.

In an email to Global News, Carlyle’s general manager, Richard Glass, confirmed that Wesley had moved to the site, but could not provide any details about current residents’ relocation plans.

Glass only said, “We have a lot of work to do.”

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