The new therapeutic and administrative centre is a 33,000-square-foot three-storey building at 175 Mayfair Avenue in Winnipeg. The facility replaces three existing, aging buildings and centralizes staff who were previously spread throughout six locations in Winnipeg. Staff moved into this building in March 2017.
For the first time, many MYS staff are working out of one location, allowing the agency to provide more efficient services to clients. This also results in a cost savings for the agency as we are no longer paying for expensive upkeep on high-maintenance buildings. The payment for a single mortgage is also less than what we were paying for multiple rents and mortgages across the city.
In our new space, one-third of the building is devoted to therapeutic programs for our clients. These spaces include:
- therapy rooms;
- healing spaces;
- life skills and computer technology labs;
- cultural, art and music program spaces; and
- a teaching kitchen.
The total cost of the build was $7.5 million.