Employment and Social Services, CAS And Health Unit Join Forces In Leamington
Friday November 20th, 2015
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A new community hub in Leamington will see Employment and Social Services, the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society and the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit forming a community hub at 33 Princess Street, to be called Central 33.
“The City of Windsor is very excited about this wonderful opportunity for the Employment and Social Services families and individuals we serve”, said Community Development and Health Commissioner Jelena Payne. “This initiative has been a long time in the making and it demonstrates the good things that can happen when community partners come together.”
The Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society initiated the coming together of three major community programs and organizations into this multi-service community hub.
Officials say this will not only promote cost-effectiveness, but it will provide a working model of linked supports and services for the Leamington, Kingsville and surrounding areas that can be easily accessed by clients in one central Leamington location.
The Windsor-Essex Health Unit has a small office at 215 Talbot Street and another office at the Essex Civic Centre, both will be consolidated at Central 33.
“The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit looks forward to working with its partners to better serve our communities in Windsor-Essex County,” said Medical Officer of Health and CEO Dr. Gary Kirk. “We anticipate synergies at this site because of the co-location of several social services and health agencies.”
Once all the lease arrangements are finalized the 19 Ontario Works staff will be joined by CAS staff currently located at their John Street location on April 1st, 2016. Approximately 30 employees from the Health Unit will arrive between April 1st and June 30th, 2016.
“We are very pleased about the news of Central 33, our Neighbourhood of Care and the soon to open Erie Shores Hospice are all phases of development to improving access to care in the County,” said Terry Shields, CEO of Leamington Hospital.