Global News Posted an article January 12, 2023
By Andrew Graham
Officials are gearing up to launch a facility next week that aims to break down barriers for the London, Ont., homeless population through a new collaboration that embeds a health-care provider with local social services organizations.
It’s called the Community Hub and those leading its operation say its mission is to provide a place to belong for marginalized members in the community.
Located at 602 Queens Ave., the Hub will be run by London Cares Homeless Response Services (London Cares), the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, the Regional HIV/AIDS Connection (RHAC) and the Thames Valley Family Health Team (TVFHT).
The Hub was born out of a renovation at 602 Queens Ave., a three-story, 38,000 sq. ft. building that was a church before it became an early home for Info-Tech Research Group.
Last year, the Sisters of St. Joseph, RHAC and London Cares opened up St. Joe’s Café inside the building, which served meals for as low as $0.50 for those in need.
That work evolved into what the Hub has planned, but a $3 million retrofitting project was needed to make way for a new kitchen, an eating area, an elevator and a renovated communal meeting space. Click here for a short video