Grand opening of new facility in New Westminster to help youth and new moms through training, thrift store and housing

The grand opening of Aunt Leah’s E.T.C. in New Westminster will be held on Saturday, April 6 at 11 am to officially open the facility owned and provided by Central City Foundation to enable Aunt Leah’s to offer training for youth at risk, second stage housing for new mothers and a social enterprise thrift store. Acting Mayor of New Westminster, Betty McIntosh, will bring greetings from the City, and the facility will be opened with an official ribbon cutting ceremony. As well, graduates of Aunt Leah’s Retail Training Program will be celebrated, and the thrift shop will hold a sale.

Aunt Leah’s Place is a registered charity that has been helping kids in foster care and new moms achieve a better future for over twenty years. With financing provided by Vancity and Vancity Community Foundation, Central City Foundation purchased the New Westminster building to provide space for an expansion of Aunt Leah’s much-needed programs. As part of their commitment to investing in innovative solutions that improve the lives of our neighbours in need in the inner city, Central City Foundation has made this latest investment in social purpose real estate.

What:        Grand opening of Aunt Leah’s training facility, thrift store, and second stage housing, a social purpose real estate project of Central City Foundation

When:       Saturday, April 6, 2013

11:00 am – 2:00 pm: Open house and tours

11:30 am – Ribbon cutting ceremony

11:45 am – Graduation ceremony for retail training program

1:00 pm – Cake cutting, refreshments

Where:       Aunt Leah’s E.T.C,  816 20th Street, New Westminster BC

Who:          Jennifer Johnstone, President and CEO of Central City Foundation

Betty McIntosh, Acting Mayor of New Westminster

Gale Stewart, Executive Director, Aunt Leah’s Place

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About Central City Foundation:

Central City Foundation has been bringing neighbours together to build hope in the inner city since 1907. By building housing and other capital projects, investing in social enterprises that create jobs and opportunities as well as funding hundreds of non-profit organizations, Central City Foundation has provided help and hope to the most vulnerable people in our inner city community for 106 years.


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Carla Shore, C-Shore Communications Inc.

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