New facilities for Desert Sun Counselling and Resource Centre will open more opportunities to help individuals and families in the community, according to staff.
Executive director Roxie Van Aller said the group will officially move into its new offices at 762 Fairview Road on September 4, and hopes to open its doors on September 5.
“This move is something that has been in the works for years, so we’re really excited,” said Van Aller.
“It’s a bigger office and the building is state-of-the-art. We’re very fortunate.”
The new facility is located in the Neighbourhoods of Learning Centre at SOSS, just west of the new auditorium.
Desert Sun will share the building with a day care and the YouLearn centre. Parking will be temporarily located at the former site of the SOSS administration building, which Van Aller said can be accessed via Spartan Street until permanent parking is constructed in front of the building.
Van Aller said the 2200 square foot offices will give them much more space, which she indicated is intended to be used to facilitate a number of support groups.
But more space isn’t the only change for Desert Sun.
The group has recently become the lead agency for Better at Home (formerly known as CASSI Osoyoos), a program designed to help seniors age 65 and older live in their own homes longer by providing simple services including transportation (in a wheelchair accessible van), light housekeeping and yard work.
Van Aller said this addition has allowed the program to expand its services to Oliver, however, she added their contact number for Better At Home will remain the same.
In the meantime, Better At Home’s program coordinator Stacy Little is actively recruiting volunteers to assist their growing client base with day-to-day supports.
Desert Sun is a charitable, not-for-profit organization that offers counselling for individuals and children, workshops, a community kitchen/garden and community outreach programs. They co-exist with mental health and alcohol and drug services.
For more information about Desert Sun visit www.desertsuncounselling.ca.