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Local agencies get funds to fix up buildings

Money for facilities allows agencies to extend operating dollars
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Raechelle Devereaux, Executive DIrector of the Guelph Community Health Centre, speaks at an announcement Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, regarding a significant infrastructure grant from the province. Tony Saxon/GuelphToday

Three community agencies will be getting some much needed funds to upgrade their buildings.

Guelph MPP Liz Sandals announced Monday that the Guelph Community Health Centre, St. Joseph's Health Centre and Stonehenge Therapeutic Community will receive a combined $286,000 from the provincial government's Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund.

- Guelph Community Health Centre receives $139,200 to repair flooring and the HVAC system.

- St. Joseph's Health Centre gets $77,381 to repair flooring and ensure their facilities are accessible.

- Stonehenge Therapeutic Community gets $70,188 for window replacements.

In making the announcement at the Guelph Community Health Centre, Sandals said the people that work in the facilities and the people that get help in the facilities are the top priority, but 'it sure does help if you've got a really good facility to work in."

Raechelle Devereaux, Executive Director of the GCHC and Heather Kerr, Executive DIrector of Stonehenge, both said that the grant will help extend operating dollars allow them to redirect more of their other funds into providing direct community care.

The Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund will give $7.3 million to 85 sites in 68 communities this year, Sandals said.