The Lois E. Jackson Kinsmen Centre for Children is not only twice the size of Reach’s old space, but it’s also in a much more visible location.
“We’ve been around for 50-some years and you would be amazed how many people don’t know about Reach and that was because we were so isolated and remote,” said Reach Society president Donna Burke. “Now it is so much better to be front and centre, to be seen and that will make such a huge difference.”
“It is a tribute to our community and what this building represents — the heart of the community of Delta,” said Burke. “We have more space for therapy, counselling, youth programs, a specialized lending library, an inclusive pre-school and this offers accessibility for families, children and children with special needs.”
Executive director Renie D’Aquila said the move means Reach is a part of the community, not apart from it.
“Families are loving it because it’s new, it has space and it is a professional building with professional services. It truly is amazing. Our staff are on Cloud 9. People from all walks of life, businesses, and the municipality have all embraced these children that we are trying to provide a better future for. We are in awe of the support that we have received.
“Our goal is to double the number of children we can support. Right now we support around 1,000 families a year that have children with support requirements,” D’Aquila said.