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Grant funding will keep Samaritan Centre drop-in program running for a full year

$65K will allow centre to provide communication services through computers, internet, printing and telephones
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The Samaritan Centre will be able to keep its drop-in centre operational for a full year thanks to a pair of grants from United Way and the City. (File)

The Samaritan Centre will be able to keep its drop-in centre operational for a full year thanks to a pair of grants from the United Way and the city.

The centre has received funding from the United Way North East Ontario in the amount of $40,000 and a grant of $25,000 from the City of Greater Sudbury.

The drop-in centre, open afternoons Monday to Friday, focuses on providing individuals access to communication services through computers, internet, printing and telephones. The drop-in centre has staff and volunteers on hand to assist individuals with services as well as referrals to other agencies and supports that the individual could benefit from. 

“COVID has informed how we communicate and our drop-in centre exists to support our clients so that they have access to information that they need whether that is focused on housing, medical, or employment as well as connecting with loved ones and their community here at The Samaritan Centre," said executive director Lisa Long.

"Communication, connection and community is at the heart of what we provide through our drop-in centre.” 

The drop-in centre also serves as a hub by hosting other agencies working with the vulnerable population who offer services such as medical, harm reduction, housing intake, mental health and addictions. 

One individual who regularly accesses the Drop-In Centre had this to say: “This is a safe place for me to come to. This is home to me; you guys are my family. I know you guys will help me here.” 

While COVID-19 has led to a significant reduction in access to public spaces and services this latest funding will ensure The Samaritan Centre continues its drop-in services for vulnerable individuals until March 31, 2022.