A local drop-in centre providing youth with vital social services may be forced to close its doors at the end of February if it cannot secure funding.
The HUB launched last year as a Rebound Sarnia-Lambton pilot project and Carrie McEachran, Rebound’s executive director, said it has been very successful.
“We have well surpassed the numbers we expected to serve,” said McEachran.
Since first opening its doors at St. Luke’s United Church last February, The HUB has had over 4,000 visits from more than 200 youth, she said.
McEachran said The HUB is very important to the youth who visit.
“Some have told us it is like their home.”
More than 30 community agencies collaborated with Rebound to create a safe space with support services like Ontario Works, housing and social programs, access to mental health and addictions supports, and a place to relax, have a hot meal, and a shower.
“A lot of youth who have attended The HUB have been able to apply to college with some support from Lambton College,” McEachran said.
McEachran said it costs about $250,000 each year to keep the HUB running.
“We need to keep it open,” she said.
Rebound has applied for grants to keep The HUB operating but is still waiting to hear back about potential funding.