Neighbourhood House shows off new digs

If you thought Cowichan Neighbourhood House in Chemainus was only a food bank, you’re seriously underestimating the facility.

They operate a youth centre, a gymnasium, a kitchen and a resource centre, and offer programs ranging from arts and crafts and baking days all the way to adult peer support and tutoring in English as a second language.

The group has just relocated down Willow Street from its old location and held a grand re-opening on Saturday, June 20.

Neighbourhood House could be found at the old Chemainus Fire Hall for more than 17 years, but that building is scheduled for demolition to make way for the new Chemainus Library.

Malcolm Crockett, the association’s past president, said that while the new facility is great – airy and open – it is not a permanent home for Neighbourhood House.

While it will continue to fulfill the group’s goals of providing a welcoming place for everyone in the community, members are aiming high. They’d love one day to buy their own building, he said.

Drop by and check out the new location at 9806 Willow St. They’re open from 1-5 p.m. weekdays, with youth nights on Fridays from 7-10 p.m. and Saturdays from 8-11 p.m.