Weston’s new ‘hub’ will open in September, according to Matt Brubacher, the Community Engagement Coordinator.
The hub will be a place where the community can find help with employment, women’s and youth issues, parenting, and health care. It will be in the old Food Basics on Jane St, and has been planned since at least 2008. York Community Services, the agency behind it, had said that the centre would open in June of this year.
Brubacher says that the hub is opening in Weston because it is one of 13 ‘priority neighbourhoods’ identified by the United Way. The United Way has plans to open eight hubs in total; the first one opened in January in Scarborough. When it is completed, Weston’s hub will be only the second or third.
Brubacher said that the priority areas generally have “higher levels of poverty, lower levels of service, and safety issues as well. Hubs are one thing that they’re doing to support the neighbourhoods”. The United Way says that these priority neighbourhood are in the inner suburbs, and are characterized growing levels of poverty, few services, growing numbers of youth, and an increasing need for newcomer services.
Brubacher said that they’ll be having events and “holding monthly gatherings to start talking about what [the community] would like to see happening at the Hub and once we’ve been open for a little bit, we’ll have a big opening celebration as well.”